Want to turn a room in your home into a fitness center? Read before you buy…

home into a fitness center

Before you start shopping for equipment, you should give yourself an assessment. Do you want to lose some weight? Do you want to tone up what you already have? Increase your endurance? Do you need to work on your cardiovascular health? Do you need more strength? Why do you want a home gym? What will it give you that you do not already have? What are your short and long term goals?
Always begin with a vision of the end results in mind. If you have not developed a vision of what you want to accomplish at this point, then that is the first thing you need to do.

There are three basic but very important concepts to consider to getting your body in good shape -stretching, strengthening and cardiovascular. By combining these three concepts, you can strengthen your heart and lungs, metabolism and strength while increasing the amount of calories you burn.

Remember that gym memberships can be expensive. Although all facilities are different, they do have fees either up front, monthly or both. Most likely you will pay a minimum of $350.00 and up per year. With a $350.00 budget to start a fitness room in your home, you are off to a great start.

Equipment Considerations

Cardiovascular Machine

Be aware, a gym treadmill, bike, or elliptical trainer is going to cost you. You can buy used gym quality equipment for a discounted price and if you want a cardio machine for your home this is probably the route to take if you are on a budget.

A Multi-Purpose Home Gym Machine

With many multi-purpose gyms on the market, some are better than others. You can get results without a thousand dollar machine! Why not begin your quest for improved fitness with an investment in a pair of Dumbbells? Why not purchase a $25 book on how to get into shape. Do some research first before purchasing an expensive multi-gym. I recommend consulting a qualified fitness professional about the usefulness of this expensive piece of equipment.

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Start today by going out and purchasing barbells that can be used to perform numerous exercises! To name a few, exercises such as Squats, Bent over Rows, Bench Presses and Overhead Presses can all be performed with a barbell. I would recommend having an adjustable bench. Space and total cost are big factors when considering purchasing a barbell.

Dumbbells

Are you looking to save money and space? If so, dumbbells are the way to go. You might consider two sets of dumbbells as they can be purchased very inexpensively. There are metal dumbbells and also rubber coated and adjustable dumbbells available. There are also other forms of adjustable dumbbells that consist of two handles, collars, and a series of different size weight plates.
When selecting weights, it wise to start light and gradually purchase heavier dumbbells as you progress. If your goal is fat-loss, then a properly designed resistance training program that includes dumbbell exercises will help you. Remember, the more muscle groups that you incorporate into your daily routine, the more energy your body burns!

Resistance Bands/Tubes

You can buy tubing that comes with handles already attached in some fitness catalogs or you could just tie a loop in one end to make your own handle which will save you money. Resistance training has many benefits. If you understand how to properly combine elastic resistance training with weight training, you can get great results.
Consider how many great exercise videos are out there. There are videos for Aerobics, Yoga, Tae-Bo, Pilates, Strength Training, and every other fitness topic you can ever think of. The key is to find a couple of videos that you enjoy and that give you the workout that you are looking for.

Remember, no one single piece of equipment can solve all of your home gym needs and you must consider how this piece of equipment will fit into your program. Watch out for miracle exercise machines. Do some research before purchasing equipment for your home or you may run the risk of purchasing the wrong type of equipment for your needs.