How to Build a Home Gym When You’re Short on Space
You do not have to go to the gym to workout. As fitness studios have shuttered or reduced capacity due to the COVID-19 outbreak, home workouts have gained popularity. With Instagram fitness challenges, YouTube videos offering home workouts, and personal trainers offering classes online, there has been an influx of new online fitness content consumers can use.
You don’t have to make your home a gym—all you need is a few pieces of versatile exercise gear. Continue reading to find out how to get the ultimate home gym!
Avoid all-in-one expensive machines. Companies like Peloton or Bowflex can put out some impressive equipment, but these machines often cost thousands of dollars and won’t provide the most effective workouts.
Unless you have a completely separate room available for your workouts, then larger-scale equipment like power racks is not recommended.
If you want to build muscle properly, you have to put your muscles under more stress. Resistance bands do this fairly well, and sets with multiple levels of resistance are widely available and affordable. Each band targets a different level of resistance, allowing for incremental progression.
Pros: Affordable and easily storable.
Cons: They do not feel the same as free weights.
Barbells, Weights, and Dumbbells
If you want a more traditional gym feel, barbells and dumbbells are usually easy to find. You can purchase standard or Olympic versions. Standard bars are 1” in diameter with 1” holes through the plates. Olympic bars are typically 7’ long with rotating 2” diameter sleeves.
You can purchase from a wide variety of dumbbells at numerous price points. They are just as versatile as barbells, and also come in Olympic or Standard. If you’re on a budget, opt for standard handles, as they’re the easiest to find—so make sure to scope out neighborhood garage sales.
Most barbell sets come with an inexpensive Olympic bar. These are fine for beginners and a good place to start.
To round out your routine, add a pull-up bar. Some easy-to-set-up bars can attach to your doorways. A pull-up bar allows you to add both chin-ups and pull-ups to your exercise routine.
Pros: Reasonably priced and fairly space-efficient.
Cons: Costlier than resistance bands, and harder to replicate at higher levels.
If you want to incorporate some cardio into your home workout without investing in a cardio machine, there are a couple of options to choose from.
Jump ropes are perfect for inside and outside use, and are great for HIIT-style cardio workouts. They also do not require much space and are cheaper compared to other options.
If you do have a bit of space to play with, and a larger budget, consider getting an exercise bike. They are low impact, so they won’t wear out your knee joints. And if you purchase a high-quality one, it should last for years even with heavy use.
There’s no excuse for not working out at home. With basic equipment at affordable prices, and easily accessible fitness videos to follow online, all you have to do is order the equipment you need, set up everything, and get started!