Setting Your Home Gym

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When you're planning your first home gym, you may find the huge choice of equipment quite daunting. First off, you'll need to keep in mind three key factors:
Space, Purpose, Price


If you're lucky enough to have a spare room you can convert, you'll probably be able to accommodate a good mix of equipment. A great combination would be a multi-gym, treadmill, rower and cross trainer for an excellent overall workout. You will need to look at the measurements of the items you're buying to make absolutely sure they're going to fit, allowing for clearance.

Many of us will have to work with a spare corner here or there. There's a huge range of home gym equipment suitable for smaller spaces, and many rowers, treadmills, bikes - even weight benches and multi-gyms, fold away. Free weights are excellent as there's a huge variety of exercises they can be used in, and afterwards they can be stored away discreetly.


Do you wish to improve your overall fitness? Then cardiovascular equipment will be for you - items such as rowers, steppers, treadmills and cross trainers. If you are looking to increase muscle mass, weights will be the answer for you. Most of us are looking for something in between: to improve our overall fitness whilst toning up at the same time. A combination of cardiovascular and weight equipment will bring maximum effects.


This will be a major consideration, affecting greatly what you're going to buy. If your budget is restricted, do not be put off. You can pick up a skipping rope for less than £2 - skipping is one of the best exercises for weight loss. Resistance bands are available for as little as £5 - they're great for working on the upper and lower body. There is a vast range of home fitness equipment on the market and the opportunities are endless. The big advantage is that by investing in your own home gym, you can avoid those astronomic gym membership fees!