Staying fit need not be expensive on your part. If you have a big space in your home, you can start your own home fitness center. All it takes is dedication and a small investment and you are ready to go. You can achieve your goals without having to leave the comforts of your home. So read on and be guided on how to set-up your house fitness studio.
Visualize Your Space
When it comes to the space, you have control over the look, feel, and sound of your home gym. The important thing is to build a space that will keep you motivated. Whether it’s on your garage, basement, or in another room in your house, the choice of design is totally up to you. Once you have established your space and budget, you can start building your private fitness center.
Buy Your Equipment
What would your house fitness be without the equipment and exercise apparatus? One of the most important equipment you should invest on is a barbell. There are two main types: standard and Olympic. Standard bars are one-inch in diameter and 1-inch holes through the plates. They are designed for light application but not suitable for heavy lifting. They bend easily and cannot hold more than 200 pounds. Olympic barbells are usually 7 feet long with a rotating 2-inch diameter sleeve. They are designed for heavy weights and for big compound lifts.
Without a doubt, bars are the most important apparatus in your gym. Most sets usually come with chrome plated Olympic bars weighing 400 pounds. They are a good starting point for beginners. Eventually, however, the sleeves will fall off and the bar will most likely bend.
Another piece of equipment you need to invest on is the power rack. Almost any exercise can be done with this apparatus. It is loaded with a bevy of safety features. There are pins that can save you if you miss a lift. J-hooks will let you perform any free weight move. Most power racks have attachments such as dip and pull-up bars increasing the functionality. Here are some factors to consider when buying a power rack:
Hole Spacing. Spacing can be from 1 – 4 inches. This is an important consideration especially when bench pressing. A couple of inch of hole allows you to complete a full range of movement when bench pressing without hitting the pins.
Strength. When investing on a power rack, consider your abilities compared to what the rack can handle. Does the rack have welded or bolted joints? How strong are the pins? It should have a minimum of 1-inch thickness and can hold over 1,000 pounds with ease.