As gyms are slowly reopening across the country, many workout fanatics are desperately waiting to return to their training program. But with a little bit of preparation, you can build a fully functional gym in your garage.
Have you ever dreamed of building a gym at home but don’t know where to start? Are you someone who’s always looking for ways to work out but can’t because of a busy schedule? Whether you are obsessed with building stuff yourself or someone looking to get into fitness, let’s look at some of the advantages of building your own DIY gym.
Advantage #1: No driving to the gym
Depending on where your gym is located, the way there might be the secret reason why you are not going there more often. For example, driving through traffic just to fight for the last parking space in front of the studio can be annoying. Alternatively, taking public transit to go to the gym is time-consuming. If you got your gym located in your garage, it might take a mere two minutes to get there. No more traffic jams, no more lengthy bus rides.
Advantage #2: No waiting for empty machines
One of the biggest buzzkills in gyms is waiting for someone working out at the squat rack or occupying the free weights. Maybe you just warmed up and want to get your workout going, or you’re in between supersets: Waiting around can be nerve-wracking for you as well as your muscles.
If you got your gym at home, you don’t have to wait for anybody. Instead, you can just pick up your gear and start lifting. This saves you time and makes training much more effective.
Advantage #3: Save Money
A gym membership can be pretty expensive. If you don’t go there on a regular basis, you are literally wasting money. These membership fees can add up annually, money that you could spend on other things. On the other hand, a DIY gym takes very little investment initially; you can get the basics like resistance bands or yoga balls for less than $20. This is typically the monthly membership fee of a gym.
Next, let’s talk equipment.
Equipment #1: Resistance bands
For a long time, dumbbells were seen as the kings of gym equipment. To be fair, they offer many benefits: They are pretty easy to use, can be used in various exercises, and tend to be available most of the time. However, they also might not be as effective as believed, research indicates. While free weights certainly can undoubtedly be beneficial in muscle growth, the way they distribute tension during the lift is inferior compared to another piece of gym gear: Resistance bands.
Often overlooked as something for beginners, resistance bands have grown quite the reputation in recent years. And for a good reason: Not only are they super lightweight compared to dumbbells, but they also offer a better training effect for your muscles. Since resistance bands create and maintain muscle tension during the whole movement, they result in better muscle growth. Plus, resistance bands are much cheaper than a pair of dumbbells.
Equipment #2: Bodyweight
If you are looking to build your body naturally, look no further than bodyweight exercises. Because of the way our body works, training with the weight of your own body is quite more natural than lifting dumbbells or sitting at a rowing machine. In fact, many experts suggest that you only need three core exercises to build a strong, functional body. Since we are mostly talking about compound exercises, these lifts target multiple muscle groups at once. You can do so many movements like push-ups, pull-ups, squats (with and without weight), and planks just with your own weight.
Equipment #3: DIY solutions for the crafty
If you don’t want to use your own bodyweight or are not yet strong enough (don’t worry, you will get there!) to do pull-ups and the likes, you can craft some training gear yourself. For example, a jug of water (preferably a gallon) can act as a dumbbell. At the same time, a handy home-improver can easily craft a cable pull with a bucket, a rope, and something heavy like sand. There are literally no limits to what you can build; all you need is some imagination and the proper materials.
Building a gym at home can be both exciting and beneficial. All it requires is a little bit of planning and dedication. On top of that, it does not require ample space and can be done in your garage, backyard, or even your bedroom. Building your own gym in the comfort of your home can be a DIY project that not only tests your ingenuity but also benefits your fitness and health.