For any gym junkie, owning your own personal gym could very well be the ultimate fantasy in life. If you’re lucky enough to have a spacious garage, you could clear it out and turn it into a killer gym, complete with free weights, commercial machines, and motivational posters on the walls.
If however, you happen to live in an apartment, building your own gym will be much, much harder. Apartments aren’t renowned for their large and spacious designs, in fact, in realtor talk, apartments are best described as being ‘cosy’. Just because your apartment is “cosy”, doesn’t mean you can’t make use of what space you have, and build yourself a very impressive home gym. Here are a few suggestions to help you get started.
If you’re building a gym, you will almost certainly need weights, and dumbbells are ideal. The problem is that you need different weights for your dumbbells to perform different weight training exercises, and if you’re struggling for space you won’t be able to purchase multiple sets of dumbbells. This is where adjustable dumbbells prove so useful.
These dumbbells are designed to function as an all-in-one set that allow you to select the desired weight of the dumbbells by simply placing the dumbbell in a specially created block and turning a dial to your selected weight. Each block has multiple weight plates, and by turning the dial, a bracket will latch on to your chosen weight, leaving the rest of the plates behind. This means that one pair of dumbbells can function as an entire set.
Cardio is another important component of any gym regime and if you’re struggling for space, a treadmill, even one that folds away, is going to take up a lot of space. Exercise bikes are a great compromise as they’re smaller, and if you go with a fold-up exercise bike, you’ll save space and will still be able to smash your cardio!
Resistance bands are perfect for home gyms where space is an issue because they take up virtually no space at all. Resistance bands are basically elasticated rubber bands which come in a number of different lengths, sizes, and levels of tension and they can be used to perform similar exercises to those you would perform with free weights such as dumbbells and kettlebells. The bands can be attached to pieces of equipment to secure them in place, or you can simply stand on them to ensure they don’t move whilst you use them. They’re a great addition to plyometric workouts at home!
When building a home gym, mirrors are also very important, and should not be overlooked. Mirrors can be used to check your form to make sure you’re working out correctly, plus, if you do have a “cosy” home gym, having large mirrors on the wall will help create the illusion of size, so your gym will appear larger than it actually is.
Do you have any tips for working out in small spaces, or maybe you’ve made your own tiny gym at home? Let us know!