Tired of waiting to use equipment at a busy gym? Love the idea of getting to work out in private? Here are the essentials you need to set up your very own home gym.
A home gym might seem like the ultimate luxury, but it’s actually a lot easier to set one up than you might think. It’s also not that big of an expense – especially when you take into consideration the saving you’ll be making by cutting out monthly membership fees at your old gym.
We say ‘old gym’ because after you read this, you’ll be ready to go with your very own, private workout space in your own home. All it takes is a little planning. Start by thinking about how you work out, what kind of exercise you like to do and the basic equipment you’ll need in order to get the job done. Once you know what you need, an RCS Personal Loan will help you to get it.
- START WITH CARDIO
Any workout should start with a warm-up. This can be a run around the block or using any number of the cardio machines at the gym. Now, option one for a warm-up is great in the warmer months, but not so ideal if it’s windy or raining outside. This is why having a treadmill, elliptical trainer, rowing machine or static bike in your home gym is a good idea. Start by picking the machine you usually gravitate towards at the gym. If you just go for the cheapest option out of all of them, you may not be that inclined to use it every time you exercise.
- WORK ON YOUR STRENGTH
The equipment you get for strength training will depend largely on your fitness goals. A lot can be achieved with a few free weights, a pull-up bar, a medicine ball and your own body. When buying weights, look for adjustable dumbbells. This will allow you to add or take away kilograms depending on your fitness levels and the exercise you are doing. You get far greater flexibility, and usually at a better price. Additionally, this style of dumbbell takes up less space in your home.
- DON’T FORGET ABOUT FLEXIBILITY
If you love to exercise, you know that every workout should end with a cool-down session and stretching. The good news is, you don’t really need any big or expensive equipment for this. A gym mat, stretch bands and a foam roller are all great, and relatively inexpensive to buy.
- HAVE A DESIGNATED SPACE
A spare room or your garage is the ideal place for a home gym. However, not all of us have this extra room that we can dedicate entirely to exercising. Give yourself a corner or a section of a room where you can set up your equipment and leave it there. If you have to keep moving furniture out of the way in order to roll out the elliptical trainer, you’ll likely get demotivated before you even get started.
- BE WARY OF FADS AND ALL-IN-ONE ‘WONDER’ MACHINES
We’ve all seen those adverts on TV for machines that can do everything – tone your tummy while boosting your heart rate and improving your flexibility all at the same time. The reality is, these machines rarely work as advertised and are usually bought with high hopes, used a couple of times and then left to gather dust in the corner. Rather go for equipment you know how to use and that has been proven to give the results you’re after.
GET ACTIVE WITH YOUR OWN HOME GYM
Stop wasting your money on gym fees and start living your best life with a gym right in your own home. Apply for an RCS Personal Loan today, and you could get all you need to cover the costs of the equipment within 24 hours.