Home Gym Essentials: How to Create your Own Home Gym

Home Gym Essentials: How to Create your Own Home Gym

Have you decided it’s time to create a home gym to help motivate you to pay more attention to your health and wellness goals?

Whether your goal is to start being more active, drop a few pounds, or burn off excess energy, a home gym is a great place to start. However, creating your home gym and deciding which home gym essentials are for you can be tricky. 

This guide will tell you how to create a home gym and provide you with home gym essentials that are the perfect fit regardless of your available space.

Determine Your Fitness Goals

The first step to creating your own home gym is determining your fitness goals.

Your fitness goals will determine what equipment you need to work out at home successfully. When choosing your fitness goals, you also want to determine what type of exercises you “enjoy” most. 

You don’t want to stock up on a bunch of exercise equipment only to never use it because you hate doing the exercises. That’s even worst than signing up for a gym membership and never using it. Plus, it’s money wasted, and no one has time for that.

Maybe your fitness goal is to become more flexible, and you also enjoy doing yoga. If so, you’d want to go with essentials such as a yoga mat, resistance bands, and a stability ball.

Or maybe you want to run your first marathon. If so, you’d want to go with essentials such as a treadmill

I think you get the point. 

How Much Space Do You Have to Dedicate To Your Home Gym

The home gym essentials you purchase must go somewhere where you’ll be able to use them consistently. Therefore, before planning out any purchases, you must determine how much space can be dedicated to your home gym.

Are you planning to convert your garage into your home gym? Or do you have a spare bedroom? Or is there a corner in your living room or bedroom that will serve as your dedicated workout space?

Once you determine where your home gym will go, you can move on to making purchases to equip it. 

Remember that you don’t have to purchase everything at once, either. You can add on items as you go to make sure you have the space, especially if you’re setting up a home gym in a smaller space.

Home Gym Essentials For Small Spaces

You don’t have to have a large area to dedicate to your home gym. However, suppose you live in an apartment, townhouse, or condo without a large area to commit to working out. In that case, home gym essentials still work for small spaces.

I recommend the following items for those who don’t have a lot of space but still want to get a good workout in:

Home Gym Essentials For Larger Spaces

Suppose you have a larger area in which you can work out, such as a dedicated room or garage. Then, you can get bulkier home gym equipment and avoid going to the gym if you prefer. 

Depending on your fitness goals, I recommend the following home gym essentials for larger spaces:

Home Gym Essentials to Make Working Out Fun

Do you struggle with getting started or sticking with an exercise routine because you don’t know what to do or find it boring/unmotivating?

Maybe it’s time to consider adding these home gym essentials to make working out fun.

The following are my top recommendations:

  • Nordic Track Treadmill with iFit Membership: Nordic Track is one of the top treadmills for runners, but it doesn’t come with the Peloton Pricing. The iFit Membership is also a great addition because it allows you to attend live classes with other runners. It is excellent for competitive fitness enthusiasts, and you can see different locations worldwide during your run.

  • OpenFit Subscription: OpenFit is one of those fitness subscriptions you’ve probably seen an ad for, and for a good reason. Their live, interactive classes are a great way to get in shape. If you do the live classes, the trainers can provide you with personalized feedback so you can make sure your form is correct. The best part is that many of their classes don’t require any equipment, which is great for those with small home gyms. Plus, seeing yourself climb up the leaderboard and having personalized shoutouts during class isn’t a bad thing, either. 

  • Oculus Quest 2: Working out in VR takes workouts to an entirely different level. With apps such as Beat Saber, The Thrill of the Fight, Supernatural, and FitXR, you’re able to get in a full-body workout, burn a ton of calories, and not even realize that you’ve been working out for 30 minutes or more. 

  • Echelon Connect Sport Bike: Have you wanted to jump on the Peloton bandwagon, but it’s out of your budget? The Echelon Connect Sports Bike is an excellent alternative for a fraction of the cost. While the Echelon app has been known to be glitchy, the best part is you can use the Peloton app while using the Echelon bike. 

Regardless of your budget, fitness goals, and the space available, you can create your own home gym that is the perfect fit.

Tell me in the comments what your #1 home gym essential is. 

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