A home gym is a great alternative for many people who, for whichever reason, find the gym does not work for them. Nonetheless it can be a daunting idea starting your home gym from scratch. Below are some handy tips to make the most of the space you have.

Choosing the right space

Many people opt for a garage to utilise for a home gym, however other spaces are adaptable too. You might look to remodel your home office to be multi-functional or a spare bedroom that isn’t used so much or if you have a larger budget why not consider a custom built garden room. Try not to make the mistake of stashing equipment under the bed or behind the sofa – out of sight.. well you know how it goes. Space can be limited, so you may need to adjust your workout around the area you have to work with.

Flooring

Take into account the flooring. Depending on your workout you need to ensure you won’t be slipping around and putting yourself at risk of injury. The floor needs to be robust for your equipment. A ground floor room is practical for this reason – having to reinforce an upper storey isn’t ideal and may be costly. It also makes setting up your gym a whole lot easier, lugging larger machines upstairs isn’t easy.

It’s important to consider the location of your home gym in relation to other members of the household too – your spouse may not appreciate the treadmill patter during Love Island. This is why garages work well – they are practical for larger, heavier equipment and shouldn’t prove disruptive to your housemate or neighbour.   

Temperature

If possible, locate your gym somewhere where you can control and adjust the temperature. Hopefully you will work up a sweat and could do with some air con, however you also want to keep your muscles warm while you cool down too.

Atmosphere

A major benefit of a home gym is that you are in complete control of your work out and the environment in which you exercise. Tailor your space to suit you – put on your playlist or get cracking on a Netflix box set, everyone is different and you can figure out what works best for you.

Working out at home does mean there are no professional instructors to keep you in check – be careful with technique and consult a trainer if you need help using your new equipment. Having a full-size mirror can help to keep an eye on how you’re exercising.

Cost

Resist splurging on a heap of equipment you won’t actually use. Start off with basics that are going to stand the test of time and build from there. Be realistic too, trying to squeeze a sizeable multi gym into a small space just isn’t practical.  

There are so many benefits to having a home gym but it’s important to be practical – work to your budget and think carefully about the space you have. Here at Cardiokit we have a wide range of refurbished equipment ideal for your home gym needs – take a look!