If the idea of incorporating exercise equipment into your home is something you (as well as other members of your household) have considered, it may be time to invest in your very own gym equipment. There’s never a clear or definitive sign or signal that someone’s ready to cancel their gym membership. Or that they would enjoy their workouts from the comfort of their own home. Both have their pros and cons. To help you make a decision, we asked experts to give their guidance on what to look for before buying ntaifitness gym equipment and how to do it.
How valuable is your time?
According to the saying, time is money. When it comes to time management, how much of your time is spent at the gym? We’re not talking here about how much time you spend to build muscle and burn fat. We’re not talking about how long it takes to get to the facility. The time it takes for equipment to arrive. You may want to buy your own home gym if your routine is more about waiting than doing.
According to Lea Genders, a NASM-certified personal trainer, “One of the advantages of owning home exercise equipment is that you can fit in a quick workout at home without a commute to get to the gym. You can work out in your own home whenever the opportunity presents itself. You also don’t have to wait for, or share, equipment in crowded gyms.”
Are they cost-effective?
Gym fees are subject to varying pricing. Some gyms may charge $25 per month, while others might require $250 per month. These gym passes cost anywhere from $300 per year to $3,000. Larger pieces of cardio equipment on their own can reach the thousands. A classic gym membership is best for someone who uses many of these machines. A home gym may make more financial sense if you enjoy running outdoors and only use one type of cardio machine.
When considering putting a gym into your home, another consideration is who will be using it. “One advantage of having exercise equipment [in] the home–more than one person in the home can get used out [of] them,” says NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Registered Dietitian Eleana Kaidanian, RD, CDN, CPT-WFS. You can create a home gym that is multi-purposed and multi-use. This could save your household money on multiple gym memberships.
A Home Gym: The Benefits
A personal home gym can save you time and money. There are many benefits and advantages to having your own gym. Below are some top tips from our experts on why home gyms are the best (for the right person).
There are no excuses
Amanda L. Dale M.Ed, M.A. Certified ACE Personal Trainer Amanda L. Dale You can still swing a kettlebell downstairs. If you want to get up earlier, you can still walk down the stairs and do a workout while wearing your pajamas.
You will have a cleaner place to work out
Gyms can harbor a good amount of bacteria and fungi, whether on the physical workout equipment or in the bathroom and showers. You can find viruses such as athlete’s feet and plantar warts on many surfaces in the gym. You are less likely to get sick if you have your own gym. It’s not immune to germs just because it is a home gym. Even though home gyms are clean, germs can still be present and are common in them.
There is no need for a babysitter
It can be difficult for parents with small children to get to the gym for just an hour. Although some gyms offer child care, this is not always possible. Parents can exercise in their own homes if they have a gym nearby. They know their children are safe, and they can save any babysitting money for date nights.
The Advantages of a Home Gym
Home gyms can also have their disadvantages. These negatives could include physical obstacles. However, mental limitations can also be mentioned.
Not Enough Comfort
Dale says that the obvious problem is getting too comfortable in your home. This can lead to equipment becoming lost in the clutter of your home and going unnoticed. The home element will take control when the boundaries between the gym and home are not clear. Your home will always be the space you return to for peace and relaxation.
A home gym may not be the best place for you if you like to make things separate in your life, such as not bringing work home.
We have less equipment variety
It may not be possible to have a home gym with enough equipment and money. It is possible to do complete body workouts using very few products. You might prefer to stay with your regular gym if you like to do cardio rotations, such as some ellipticals here and some cycling there.
Too much of the wrong equipment
Kaidanian says that many people feel the need to buy a lot more equipment or pieces. They may buy too many pieces. You may find your home not suitable for the type or workout you want.
Let’s also consider if you rent an apartment or own a condo. The neighbors won’t like a 25-pound medicine ball crashing on the fifth floor of a walk-up. You might also be compromising space by not having the proper infrastructure to support a quality workout.
Limited equipment knowledge
Genders say that home workout equipment can prove to be a problem if it is not properly used. A trainer at a gym or private trainer can help you learn proper movement techniques and programming to use gym equipment to get the best results.
Incorrectly exercising can not only hinder your progress but also cause injury to your body. If you aren’t familiar with the product and how it should be used, we recommend that you don’t purchase equipment for your home gym.
Home Gym Equipment For Beginners
“Most beginners can get a great workout in with a small variety of dumbbell weights,” says Genders. “As you get more experienced and stronger within your home gym, an intermediate athlete should purchase heavier weights and may want to progress to a barbell. All levels of exercisers can benefit from kettlebells and suspension straps. She says they add variety to your workouts if you have the space and budget.
A beginner looking to get started with a fitness program can do it on their own. Walking and jogging remain the most accessible forms of cardio that anyone can do. Dale also recommends two dumbbell pairs, one heavier than the other, to perform basic upper and low body movements such as squats and rows, lunges and presses.
For better, mental and physical health, exercise in the home and outside. Whatever method is best for you, it will create the most conducive environment to condition and strengthen your body. Have fun!