Building your own home gym: Equipment and activewear

 

With home gyms becoming all the more popular since the pandemic, they’re definitely a good investment for those who either dislike or can’t access a gym. In this blog, we’ll be discussing the pros, cons, and steps to having your own personal home gym. 

 

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What are the differences between a home gym and a public gym? 

 

Whilst a home gym is a great alternative for signing up for a gym membership - both options have their pros and cons. 

 

Pros of home gym 

 

Accessible at any time, any day - Some gyms may shut too early for your schedule or open too late, as well as remain closed on weekends/bank holidays. With a home gym, you’re able to access your equipment at any given moment. 

 

No monthly membership fee - Whilst buying equipment for your home gym may end up a little pricey, once it’s paid for - that’s it. No monthly membership fee. Gym memberships are often quite expensive, so many people would consider this a great investment as within roughly one year of attending you’ve already spent hundreds. 

 

Your own company - This can be great for an array of reasons. At busy gyms, it may be difficult to jump onto the equipment you’d like to straight away. You may often find yourself waiting to take turns. Home gyms completely eliminate this. Some people may find gyms uncomfortable, preferring to work out alone. 

 

Cons of home gym

 

Expensive to set up - Even if you’re setting up a home gym on a budget, it’s still going to end up costing you a significant amount of money. Whilst we previously mentioned that this is an investment that is going to potentially save you more money than what you would have spent on membership, it’s still going to cost you upfront. 

 

Requires room in your house / outdoor building - It goes without saying that building your own home gym requires a lot of room in your home. Whilst it is completely customizable and you can work with the space you have, you’re always going to be limited. Some people don’t have that extra spare room. 

 

Equipment Maintenance - If you aren’t experienced in fixing equipment, along the line this may become an issue and cost even more money. When equipment breaks in a gym, the gym will often hire someone to fix it as soon as they can - often being easily able to do so with their budget. 



Pros of having a gym membership

 

A large variety of expensive equipment - When building a home gym, it’s going to be difficult to have every piece of equipment that a public gym has to offer. Whether you want to work on your legs, arms, biceps, etc - there’s equipment for everything.

 

Can allow you to stay motivated   - If you’re paying for an annually contracted gym membership, this can be a benefit to your motivation. Why pay for something you’re not going to use? 

 

Cons of gym membership

 

Cost - As mentioned prior, gym memberships can be extremely costly. Whilst that month may not seem too expensive, it definitely adds up over time.  Whilst this can also be applied to home gyms, you’re in control of the equipment and budget - and if you’re committed to fitness it will most likely save you money in the long run. 

 

Wait times  - Mostly an issue with gyms in busy areas, it can be frustrating having to wait turns on equipment. Whilst some people can find quieter times to go, it can be impossible for those with a busy work schedule. Home gyms would completely eliminate this inconvenience. 



Activewear

 

It’s important when working out that you’re wearing the correct gear. With spring around the corner, we recommend checking out some of our bright and colourful pieces. Read our blog on brightening up your activewear here. 

 

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It’s also important that you’re purchasing the best leggings - check out our blog on our top 5 recommended leggings for working out. 

 

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