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How to Create Your Own Home Gym on a Budget

Up until March of 2020, I went to the gym at least three times a week, alternating with outdoor cardio whenever the weather and my schedule cooperated. But even as life returned to a more pre-pandemic normal, I didn’t renew my membership.

When the world shut down, we created our own home gym and haven’t looked back. The ease of being able to get a workout in before breakfast, or whenever we can find the time, has been such a bonus in our lives. And with so many online subscriptions available for workout classes, we don’t get bored.

You don’t need a dedicated workout room or a big budget to create a space in your home that suits your needs. Answer a few important questions about your goals and desires to get started:

1. Determine your budget. How much do you want to spend on equipment? Come up with a number that you feel comfortable with, knowing that you can always add more equipment over time.

2. Identify a space in your home. You don’t have to have a dedicated workout room, but will need space for equipment and movement. Make sure it’s a space you like to spend time in. If you put your gym in your garage, but hate the thought of being in there, you’re never going to use it.

3. Identify your goals. What types of workouts do you like to do? Do you enjoy going for long runs or walks outside, and just need somewhere to do strength training? Are you more into yoga? Is your goal to have a spin bike or other cardio equipment that you can use no matter the weather? 

4. Look into online fitness subscriptions. Most will let you do a free trial, which can actually help out a lot in this stage of planning. Browsing options for classes and instructors can help you identify what types of workouts you’re drawn to, and thus what equipment you’ll need. Having access to a slew of classes is a great way to keep you motivated once you do get started.

5. Start with the basics. Don’t go all in with equipment right away. Over time, you’ll figure out what extras you want to have, such as bands, balls, yoga blocks and straps, a box, etc. When sourcing these items, look in the classifieds for used weights or cardio machines. There are often great deals to be found on secondhand gear.

6. Don’t forget about storage. Depending on where in your house your workout space is, you’ll want to consider how to store equipment. A crate, some hooks, or baskets can help keep things tidy and organized.

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