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09 Aug

Question from a client: I have some equipment lying around and want to put together a gym I can use at home. Where do I start and what do I need?

Right behind “how do I get a flatter stomach?” this is the second most often asked question I get. While it may seem overwhelming or confusing, putting together a home gym is very simple. I’ll break it down and show you exactly how.

The amount and type of equipment you can use depends on 3 things: space, budget, and how much you plan to use it. If you have plenty of room, can invest in a decent amount of equipment and will use it often, build a full gym with a squat rack, bench, full set of dumbbells and a few other pieces depending on your goals. If your space and budget are limited, a few dumbbells and an exercise mat are enough.

This space is a storage room that holds most of the equipment I use day to day. With some rearranging, we can turn it into a nice little gym!

This room is pretty big, but I’m only using a small, 10×6 section for this demonstration. If you have more space, have fun and build a really cool gym! Just know that limited space won’t keep you from being able to train effectively and get good results.

space for home gym

Before…

simple home gym equipment

After, with some equipment.

As an in home personal trainer, I have a variety of equipment that I use to keep clients “happy”. I recommend equipment that has multiple uses. Dumbbells, kettlebells, bands and sandbags can be used for all resistance training and interval training exercises.

A bench is helpful, but it is not required since most exercises can be done on the floor.

 

Safety considerations

  • Clear the area of any objects so nothing is damaged or broken.
  • Careful with low ceilings for any overhead or jumping exercises.
  • If you are using a bench or squat rack, make sure you have enough clearance on both sides to easily load and unload the bar and move each exercise through the full range of motion. If you plan on doing barbell exercises like bench press, have a spotter for heavy sets.
  • For treadmills, make sure the area behind the machine is clear of any objects and not right up against a wall.

Time to put your new gym to use! Get some workouts in, get comfortable, and find a way around the home gym challenges. Happy training!