Turning your Garage or basement into your very own Home gym is easier and more beneficial than you might think.
Just think about it for a minute. A home gym can be the perfect solution to missing workouts and failed resolutions. Let’s face it, most of the time, it’s not that we don’t want to work out or go to the gym, it’s just that we can’t bring ourselves to change and get in the car and drive all the way to the gym only to find that it is crowded or close to closing. And even when we do make all the effort to get to the gym, the blaring music and white noise in the form of conversations and people hogging various machines including the rack can sap us of all our energy and leave us feeling unmotivated and wanting to skip our workouts. A home gym not only helps to circumvent all those problems, but it also doesn’t leave us any room to make excuses to skip a day’s workout or feel lazy for that matter.
Okay, now you might be thinking it’s going to be too expensive, so let’s just forget it and continue with the gym. Well, contrary to what you might be thinking, building a home gym is much cheaper in the long run as opposed to continuously dolling out gym fee after gym fee. Once you incur that one-time expensive of a couple 100 bucks, you’ll have it for life as well as no good reason to skip a workout or feel lazy.
Transform Your Garage
1) Clean and Junk: For starters, clean out your entire garage space and junk anything you don’t need. You’re going to need all the wall space and floor space you can manage, if you’re you hope to build an awesome and comprehensive home gym.
2) The layout: You can chalk this out yourself, but from experience it’s always better to hire a professional who will do it for you. You need decide before hand what you’re training goals are before you approach a professional and start laying stuff out. Decide whether, your goal is weight training, power lifting, core strength, body weight exercise or any combination of all. Once you know for sure, it’ll be much easier to plan and map out your garage space.
3) Storage: Space saving cabinets or racks are the way to go. They can be built into the walls or fitted neatly into corners. They help to keep all you stuff, including your workout gear and equipment neatly organized, but more importantly they keep your floor clean and uncluttered so that you’re tripping around during your workouts. The rack system is great for a heavy punching bag or speed bag to slide onto as well.
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4) Equipment Ideas: It is always a great idea to include a few home gym classics into your arsenal. A Power Rack built with plate storage, monkey bars, racks for dumbbells and a weight bench. If you want to go really crazy, you can even build a climbing wall, suspend a set of gymnastic rings and even hang a rope from the ceiling. There’s all the room to add whatever equipment you want and still keep your garage working like garage.
5) Parking Space: Keep in mind that you still have to park your car in the garage, so keep the crazy to a minimum and listen to the professionals you’ve hired.
A home gym can make that crucial difference between you keeping your resolutions and developing strong exercise habits and failing to ever maintain consistency. Granted it make time some planning, doing and an expense, but when it’s all said and done, you’ll be that much closer to achieving all your workout goals.