No money? Don’t feel like going to the gym, or there simply isn’t one near you? Here's what you need to know before you turn your garage into a weight room.
Not everyone is lucky enough to be able to sign up for a gym. Even if they are, some people don't want to work out in front of other people either. But all of them share a common desire to work out. The ultimate solution is then to build your own gym.
A rewarding idea that may seem easily achievable, yet requires organisation. A lot of organisation.
#1: Take measurements before you buy your equipment
This is the first step. If you have limited space, you will have to optimise it as much as possible to be able to train as well as possible, and avoid a disaster that could happen even before you have begun your first session.
Measure and record the dimensions of your space. You will then know which equipment will fit, and will then be able to plan out your personal weight room.
#2: Only purchase the equipment you need
Once the measurements have been taken and put aside, define the type of workout you want to do. What are your objectives? From there, you will then know what equipment you need to buy. No need to think ‘I'll take this, maybe it can help me just in case.’ No. Be judicious, at the risk of losing valuable space and making a hole in your budget.
Speaking of budgets, weight-lifting equipment is often very expensive. It would therefore be better, if you do not have unlimited funds, to go for free weights. In addition, there are now adjustable and square dumbbells that once again save space.
If you absolutely want to buy workout equipment, try to find something complete and versatile. If you want to invest in something, find something that will allow you to do as many exercises as possible while taking up as little space as possible.
#4: Get a mat for cardio
Cardio is probably the area that requires the least amount of equipment possible. Don't bother with a treadmill that will cost a fortune. Take a yoga mat and do HIIT. Cardio can also be strengthened with free weights by working on short recovery times (in fact this is called Crossfit). It all depends on your objectives.
#5: Get an adjustable workout bench and an Olympic bar
If we were going to tell you to buy only one piece of equipment, it would be an adjustable workout bench. It allows you to do all types of exercises by varying the angles. An Olympic bar can be practical, but dumbbells are often better suited for a personal weight room due to lack of space.
As for the rest, be imaginative. Use a tyre and rope to work on strength and explosiveness, for example. In addition, you will rest easy knowing the rubber didn’t end up going to a waste disposal site to burn.