A Home Gym is a wonderful thing. In this guide we'll explain exactly how to create your own - everything from the goal-setting and initial planning through to a fully functioning, always-available home gym.
First things first - goals and planning.
Before you start planning the gym itself (we'll get to that in a minute), sit down and think about what you'd like to achieve by way of your training. Is it to aid a particular sport or activity? Are you looking to compete in a particular field - perhaps one of the many varieties of bodybuilding? Or maybe it's just a matter of getting - and staying - 'in shape'? That was my own plan when I started training.
All of these are certainly realistic, and the basics are much the same. The goal will simply answer any 'this one or that one?' questions that arise.
Let's dive in.
Josh Hewett - Strength Athlete and Personal Trainer (bio below) recently posted a great video on 'Creating a Home Gym'. If you're just getting started, or considering the idea, this covers the process well.
Over to Josh :
One thing I've found which has helped with my own home gym is to always have it available. It's in permanent 'standby mode'.
This means that if I've got a few minutes to spare, I can immediately jump in there and do something. A micro-workout if you like.
The benefit of having equipment always set up the way you like it, and always available, is something I didn't really appreciate until I had it. It's a wonderful feeling.
Something else to think about : if you're going to be doing something like Olympic Lifting or Rock Climbing in your home gym (both of which are certainly possible), you're going to need a little extra space and suitable equipment/environment. In addition to everything that Josh outlined, you'll need things like a weightlifting platform & bumper plates; or a climbing wall and various training tools like a campus board.
NB : it's easy to find additional plates (either new or second-hand) when you find you need more. Still, 300lb will keep you going for a while.
And of course, the smaller items - grip toys, chalk, ropes and so on. The good stuff.
Over the years we've noted a number of books/DVDs/people/articles that really come in handy with a project like this.
If you'd like to find out a little more about creating your own home gym, check out :
And of course the Straight to the Bar Guides. Dive in.
As you've no doubt seen, the idea of Building Your Own Home Gym is actually quite a realistic proposition in many cases. If, however, you have any questions - or just want to double-check something, come and join us over on Twitter. You'll feel right at home.
There's also a load of invaluable information on this site, as well as in the newsletter. If you see an article that sparks a question or two, fire away. We'd also love to hear what worked in your particular case, so we can fine-tune things.
Finally, thank you. I hope this helped, and got you Planning, Designing & Building Your Own Home Gym.
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