Home Gym Equipment: What You Need?
You need a place where you can do your workout. If you are looking for a cheap way to get started, then go to the gym. But if you want something better, then it’s time to invest some money into building a home gym. There are many things that will make your life easier when it comes to building a home gym. Here are the top three things that you need to consider before investing in a home gym.
1) Size of Your Garage
The size of your garage is very important because it determines how much space you have to work out. A small garage might not allow you to fit all the necessary equipment inside it.
On the other hand, a large garage would enable you to build a larger machine and add more weight room facilities.
2) Cost of Materials
It costs money to buy the materials needed for building a home gym. Some of these items include plywood, concrete blocks, electrical conduit, and even PVC pipe.
So, you must decide which one is going to cost more and what kind of equipment you want to purchase. You can always save money by buying less expensive pieces of equipment instead of purchasing too much expensive ones.
3) Time That You Can Spend Working Out
Some people have a regular job and simply do not have the time to go to the gym. However, they can easily build a home gym because of their availability of time.
It is also easy for them to maintain a home gym as compared to going out of their way just to reach the nearest fitness facility.
These are just some of the things that you need to know before building a home gym. By knowing these things, you can now have an idea about how much you need to spend and the size of the home gym that you want to build.
The Three Most Important Things You Need For a Home Gym
There are many things that can make your home gym experience better such as having a website to track your workouts, getting the proper apparel, or even having a group of people to workout with.
But are those things really necessary?
No, they aren’t. If you are on a tight budget, then you can get by with just a few items and still get in a great workout.
You’re going to need something to lift on its own. A barbell is perfect for this.
While barbells come in a large variety of types, lengths, weights, etc., you only need to worry about the basics. The only thing you need to concern yourself with is getting the proper size bar for your build.
Measure your wingspan and then add about 8 inches to it. This is the length of bar you should be looking for.
As far as weight, if you’ve never worked out before, you probably shouldn’t start with a heavy weight. Most likely your muscles are going to be weak and unaccustomed to lifting, so you’re going to need to begin with something light until your body gets used to it.
Something like a 25lb bar will do for starters. After you get accustomed to lifting, then you can begin adding more weight to the bar.
Another thing you don’t need to worry about is the material the bar is made out of. Some bars are made out of steel while others are made out of bronze. Either one is fine and it really just comes down to personal preference.
It wouldn’t exactly be a proper gym without weights, would it?
After all, this is where you’re going to be doing a large amount of your workouts. You need to pick a set that’s right for you, however, there are two things you need to consider before buying a set.
The first thing is how much you can currently lift. If you can’t lift very much, then don’t buy a very heavy set.
The last thing you want to do is buy something you can’t lift. Check the sets for how much they weigh so you get an idea of what’s too heavy and what’s not. If you’re unsure, then buy a lighter set and get bigger ones later.
The second thing you need to consider is how many pounds you want to be able to lift at once. This is commonly referred to as your “repetition range.” The smaller the number, the heavier the weight.
Most people begin with a five or ten pound weight, but if you’re a little more experienced, then you can start with fifteen pounders.
Once again, don’t buy anything too heavy to start out with or else you won’t be able to work up a good sweat. You want to be able to use it many times before taking a break.
This way you can go at it for awhile without getting tired. I’d say to start out with a set of five to ten pounders.
You’re not going to get very far if you don’t have anything to work out on, are you?
There are several exercise devices you can get for your home gym, but the two most popular are weight benches and exercise mats. The weight bench is more versatile as it can be used for just about any exercise.
The mats are more useful as they can prevent you from hurting yourself if you fall or something gives out. It all depends on your personal preference, although I’d say get the mat as well so you don’t get a nasty carpet burn if you happen to fall off the bench.
While you’re working out, it’s always a good idea to listen to some sort of motivational music. This can be anything from rock to rap to polka, but it should always be loud enough to hear.
It keeps you motivated of course! You want your heart pumping and blood racing while lifting so you can get a good workout.
It’s also a good idea to play music as you’re driving to and from the gym as well. This keeps you from getting bored and can also prevent you from being late.
If you really want to, you can even take a mini-radio with you to the gym so you can listen to your music during your workout.
While this isn’t exactly an essential tool for your home gym, it’s still a good idea to get yourself a nice set of clothes just for working out in. This way, you’re in the right mindset of working out and won’t be tempted to stop off for something to eat.
When you get to the gym, you probably aren’t going to want to walk all the way over to a water fountain after your workout is done. That takes time, and time is money!
Instead, bring something with you filled with liquid so you can quickly rehydrate yourself when you need to. Don’t just bring any liquid either. This helps in a few ways. First of all, you don’t have to change if you work out at a gym since you just work out in the nude.
If you work out at home, however, it’s a good idea to change into some fresh clothes so you don’t get all smelly. Some people are allergic to certain types of fabric, so it would be a good idea to check with anyone in your family who might have that problem before you change clothes.
Next, wear some comfortable shoes while you’re working out. Not only do they provide better grip so you don’t slip and fall when you’re really going at it, but they also help protect your feet in case you step on anything pointy or get something dropped on them.
Now you’re ready to get started!
– Tips –
Don’t be cheap when buying your home gym. It doesn’t do you any good if it breaks the first time you use it.
Don’t just work out to look good. Use it to be healthy too.
You’re going to get sweaty while working out, so make sure you have towels around to dry off with after your done.
Hold off on drinking that liquid filled cooler until after you’re done. You don’t want it falling on your foot the minute you set it down.
Get in gear, literally. It’s a good idea to keep a spare tire around so you have something to change into after your done working out, but more importantly, you can use the lug nuts and tighten them up with the tire iron to give yourself some makeshift dumbbells.
If worse comes to worse, you can always break the hubcaps off of the spare and use them as weights too.
Don’t forget a good playlist. Music can really help you get in the zone while working out.
Don’t forget your workout clothes. As said before, it would be a shame if you had to go into your workout without any clothes to begin with.
Plus, who wants to work out naked?
Ghost’s Guide to Working Out
Alright, so now that you have everything together, it’s time to learn how to work out properly!
I’m sure you know the basics such as running in place and sit-ups, but there are a few tips I can give that really make a huge difference.
The first thing you need to do is warm up before your workout. If you just jumped right into it, you could pull a muscle or even get severely hurt.
You don’t want that. So, start off slow. Run in place or do a few jumping jacks to get your blood flowing and warm up those muscles.
Once you do that, it’s time to pick up the pace a little bit. Jump up and down a bit to really get those muscles moving fast.
Do some stretching too while you’re at it to get those muscles nice and loose for working out. After about five minutes or so, you should be good to go.
Now, it’s time to really get to it. Since you warmed up already, you have a little more leeway to push yourself a bit harder than someone who might be doing this without warming up at all.
However, don’t over do it. Go at a pace you know you can keep up for the whole time. Pushing yourself too hard too soon is a great way to get hurt, and nobody wants that.
Lastly, after you’re done with your workout, always make sure to cool down a bit. This is the time where your body is most susceptible to injury, so take it easy.
A lot of times, I’ll go through the motions of my stretches while I’m still catching my breath from the workout.
That’s about it guys and girls. Follow this guide and you should have a nice little home gym set up in no time at all.
Tips for the Toys
The Power Gloves are probably one of the best toys to use if you plan on getting into a real workout. They give you that extra push to really make your punches more powerful, which is good since you’ll need it.
I’d suggest wearing them whenever you’re going all out, or if you just feel like challenging yourself to hit harder.
The tire is a great addition, I have to say. Not having to replace the old one for quite some time and being able to do deadlifts on it makes it well worth its price.
Plus, you can use it for any sort of lift that involves bending over and picking something up off the ground, such as the Keystone Pipe Challenge. Take advantage of these things when you can get them, especially if you don’t have much money.
The workout gear is also a nice addition. You’re going to get much more out of your workout and feel better while doing it if you’re dressed comfortably.
Just make sure to take them off before working out, otherwise you might end up staining them in places you’d rather not have stains. Trust me, I’ve made this mistake before.
That’s all I can think of at the moment, but there are other things that you can add onto your home gym that can increase your training in many ways.
“You’ve got to be kidding me…” You mutter to yourself as you drag the old tire into the garage.
It’s been months since you first started working out, and you knew your family would find out at some point. Of course, they were bound to find some of the stuff you’ve been acquiring for your home gym, in fact you were hoping they would so you could explain why you need it.
Still, you didn’t expect this reaction.
Son, are you selling drugs?”
Your father asks as you drag the tire into the garage.
Then why the hell do you need all this stuff? And why the hell is it in our backyard?
!”, he angrily grabs a weightlifting belt that’s lying next to the
Keystone Pipe, “And what’s this for?”
You take a deep breath and begin, “Alright, I’m training to be a superhero.”
You expect some sort of reaction out of him, but he just keeps looking at you. You’re begin to feel very awkward under his gaze as he slowly puts the belt back down.
“Um…yeah…I’ve only been doing this for a few months, and it actually really hurts a lot.
But I’m trying to get stronger. I want to help people, I really do…” You start rambling a bit.
Why didn’t you tell us?”
“I…um…was embarrassed? I don’t know.”
“I don’t know!” You shout.
You father walks towards you, and you can tell he’s a little mad, but not at you. He grabs your face with both hands and looks directly into your eyes.
“Listen to me. You have a gift, and that gift is what kept you alive all those other times when you got into trouble.
You can survive anything as long as you keep your head on straight. Always be ready for anything. That’s what a hero does. But more than anything, you need to be proud of yourself. I’m not saying this because I’m your father. I’m saying this because I’m…I’m proud of you.”
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