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Home Gym: Planning the Work and Working the Plan

Fitness is a multibillion-dollar-a-year business.

Fitness centers, health spas, and gymnasiums are sprouting up across the country to satisfy the public’s desire to “stay in shape” — from the West Coast’s Manhattan Beach, California all the way to the East Coast’s Manhattan, New York. 

But while most homeowners will agree that fitness is important to an abundant life, we often put off a regular exercise program because we don’t have a regular place and time in which to do it.

Perhaps if you had a home gym of your own — ranging from a corner of the bedroom to a complete gymnasium room or outdoor courts — you would find the time to utilize it. 

A home gym can be a more convenient and cost effective alternative to committing to that annual long contract your local gym will expect of you. 

Planning a home gyms requires that you know what you want, how to get it, how much time you have to use it, how much space you have to install it and how much money you have to invest in it. 

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Here is a closer look at some of those planning considerations for your home gym:  

Budgeting
Find out what you are willing to invest in your home gym. Based on your needs, you will be able to determine the space and best-quality equipment to achieve your desire end result. Are you a yogini? If so, you won’t need a fully equipped fitness space per se. Are you currently training for the next Cross Fit competition? In that case, you’re going to need enough space to accommodate a diverse range of equipment to get your workout in. 

Finding the Space
How much space will you need for your fitness center? Space is like money: it seems that you always need more than you have. A good rule is to gain as much space as you can afford. If you’re really serious about physical fitness, are involved in weight lifting, gymnastics, or sports, and know your requirements, you may decide to add a room or make a major investment in a room remodeling.

If this your first shot at a regular exercise routing and you are not sure you have the interest or money for a complete fitness room, a small space or location within your home may be sufficient. The most important thing is that you enjoy the space where you decide to workout. If the lighting in your garage depresses you, do not set up your home gym up in the garage; you won’t want to workout. 

Choosing the equipment
That fancy elliptical machine might have seemed neat on that late night infomercial, but are you really going to use it? If not, then keep that space available for something you are actually going to use. If you know you are going to use a piece of equipment, great. If you aren’t sure, then it is best to pass. And do not be lured by equipment salespeople trying to sell you the hottest new gadget. It’s likely to become a dust collector. 

Working the plan
Save yourself the cost of a monthly membership, hassles of a commute and never have to wait in line for a machine to be available again —and watch the cost of a new home gym pay for itself over the course of time. 

Your completed fitness center can be a source of pride. Just as you plan and implement your new home gym, you can be confident of planning and implementing a successful fitness program. But you have to work the plan!