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How to Set Up Your Own Home Gym

There are a lot of garage sales in the spring with tons of home exercise equipment.  It's a good time to buy what you wanted, but why is their stuff in the sale?  A lot of New Year's resolutioners get big hopes up  then find it either does not work they way they thought or they fizzled out on their goals.  I would hate to see you spend $$$$ for your equipment to become garage sale fare.  Here is how you can build yours.

1. Set a Budget
How much does the equipment cost that you want?  Add it up.  How much can you afford?Don't whip out the credit card to buy it.  You can have a home gym with your body as the machine and open floor space to start! Begin with what is difficult for you to do without the equipment.  For example, you may start out with a jump rope, a small set of weights, and an exercise floor mat.  Later, you add an elliptical and bench.  Get the picture? Don't spend beyond what you can spare from your bank account.

2. Set your Space
You will need open or adjustable space where you won't get hurt or break something. You also will need to be somewhere that distractions can be minimized.  If a dust wad drives you nuts, put yourself where you won't be tempted to do housework instead. I I recommend a workshop mat to protect the carpet and keep you from slipping and falling. It can either stay or be rolled back up when you are done. Be sure it isn't a dark dungeon where you will dread going.  It should be bright and inviting so you will want to be there.

3. Think Now and Later
Sometimes people buy equipment they aren't ready to use yet.  Find what you can use now, but will serve you well later down the road.  A Total Gym is nice, but new users struggle to get it to work for them in the beginning.  Save up for that high ticket piece and get suspension straps instead.  You will get used to the body weight concept, save money, and reduce the risk of injury!  What will be easy for you to use now?  What will you want later?

4. Make It Expandable
Sometimes people buy large, bulky all-in-one gyms right away.  They think this will meet their needs now and later.  Although it is true to some degree, they find out that there are things they can't do on it at all.  I would recommend staying away from those unless you have a large space.  You will likely pick up some separate pieces later.  The pieces you purchase should be multi-purpose and, together, can work your entire body.

My home gym is simple and mobile, since we live in an apartment right now. The workout space consists of a spare bedroom that is shared with my desk,  a book case, and crafts.  The flex space is our living room where I can move the coffee table out of the way.  Our equipment consists of:

Elliptical and Bike on Trainer


Suspension Straps

Weight Ball


Hand Weights

Adjustable Bench


Hopefully, this has some thoughts going in your head that maybe had not come to your attention before.  I'd love to hear about how you set your own home gym up! Comment below or email me at

Happy building!

May God bless you!

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