Building a home gym requires a lot of strategic planning, however, when it comes to the budget, it really depends on your ambition. You see, going with the most expensive machines, treadmill and exercise gadgets is an idea that will cost a small fortune, yet you will be surprised just how much can be done with little to no cost. Therefore, in this guide, we will focus on the essentials and then proceed to add an item or two you might want to get but that you don’t actually need. With this in mind and without further ado, here’s how to build the best home gym on a budget.
Providing the adequate workout space
The first thing you want to do when building a home gym is – provide the adequate space for exercise. This mostly depends on the amount of equipment you are going to need, as well as the question of whether you’re going to use it as a platform for cardio, as well. A lot of people simply prefer to run outside, however, this is usually not possible whole year round. If this is the case, you probably want to pick a room downstairs, since you don’t want to cause too much noise while hopping, trampling and lifting. With this in mind, a basement might serve as an excellent spot.
Apart from this, you do need an entire room, which means that all the furniture you take out needs to go someplace else. Taking it to your storage room is a great idea, yet those who don’t have enough space in their home as it is might want to consider hiring a lock up storage. This is a great temporary solution, at least until you figure out what to do with all the extra furniture.
Even though treadmill is the most popular indoor cardio solution, it is also the most expensive one. To make the situation even stranger, it isn’t even the most efficient one. A simple skip rope is capable burning as much as 720 calories in a single hour and it moves almost all muscles in your organism. According to some estimates, skipping rope for about 5 minutes (120 to 140 skips per minute) is as efficient as 30 minutes of jogging or 720 yards of swimming.
Apart from rope skipping, you can also purchase a small or medium punching bag. Apart from being great for your cardiovascular system, this exercise is incredibly intensive and significantly boosts the strength of your arms. Moreover, punching bags are fairly inexpensive and don’t take a lot of space. Especially when taken into consideration that they can be taken off at any given moment.
Barbell and weights
The next thing you want to invest in is a barbell, seeing as how it provides you with four exercises that should be enough on their own. Squats, bench press, deadlift and barbell upright row are exercises that move all the major muscle groups in your body, legs, chest, back and shoulders, respectively. In other words, a single barbell and several weights are more than enough to replace a myriad of expensive gym machines, although some exercises may require specific racks (bench press, squats).
Apart from this, you might also want to install a pull-up bar, seeing as how it provides you with space where to do pull-ups and lunges. Needless to say, this rack can also be modified with a hook, so that you get a place where to hang your boxing bag.
As for the additional equipment, you can let yourself go wild, seeing as how, up until now, you’ve saved quite a bit on your gym equipment. First of all, however, you want to purchase an exercise mat, so that you get to practice yoga, or at least do sit-ups with a greater comfort. Apart from this, you might also want to consider investing in a stereo system, in order to make your exercise sessions more effective. If not, for the time being, you can just get some decent speakers to connect to your phone.
At the end of the day, building your home gym on a budget is not that hard. In fact, exercises with barbell tend to move more muscles than machines do, making them somewhat more effective, to begin with. When it comes to cardio, we already demonstrated that cheaper isn’t necessarily better. As for the mirrors, mats and overall décor, it is completely up to you. Luckily, even here, you have more than a few options that can fit your budget.