How to Choose a Home Gym

by Jodee on April 12, 2011

If you are considering buying a home gym, you have a number of options available. To find the one that is going to work well for you, take the time to consider how much space you have available in your home for exercise equipment. Other important factors include the types of exercises you plan to include in your exercise plan and, of course, your budget.

Do you have a designated exercise room in your home or are you looking to put your home gym in a spot in your bedroom or rec room? If you don’t have a room set aside for working out, you will want to make sure that the model you are considering will fit the area that you have set aside for it. You also want to be sure that you have enough clearance so that you can use the machine for extension exercises properly.

For some people, a home gym is very simple: it’s a space to store and lift weights. Other people have different expectations of what a home gym should be, and they are looking for a station which will allow them to perform several exercises.

Home Gym Features

Home gyms can have a number of features. Here are some common ones:

  • Adjustable bench
  • Pull-down bars
  • Press bars
  • Leg curl and extension systems
  • Cable row system

Buying a home gym with these features will give you a good strength training workout. To get a good quality machine offering all of them will likely cost somewhere in the $500-$1,000 range.

Choosing Home Gym Equipment

Before you make a decision about buying home gym equipment, make sure that working out at home is the right choice for you. Being steps away from your exercise machine is convenient, but that may not make it more likely that you will actually use it after the first few weeks.

For any exercise routine for heart health to be effective, it has to be something that you will stick with. Some people find it easier to stick with a weight lifting routine if they go to a gym. It can be easier to stay motivated to exercise when there are other like-minded people sharing the space with you. Before you make the decision to buy home gym equipment, take a good look at yourself and make sure that you are the type of person who doesn’t mind working out alone and who can stay motivated to work towards your fitness goals.

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