- Goals: The first thing you need to do is to determine your fitness goals. Before selecting which equipment will better serve your particular case it is necessary for you to conclude on what do you want to get out from your home exercising facility. Do you wish to maintain your fitness level or increase it? Do you want to burn more calories and add muscle tone or boost your energy? Moreover, upon deciding on your actual fitness goals you have to estimate which are your objectives; which muscle groups you want to train first.
- Budget: The crucial cost related question comes second, because upon deciding on your fitness goals and objectives you have to determine how much money you have currently available for your house gym project. Keep in mind that a usual price range is between $ 300 and $ 1,000 per equipment and in case you are aiming to buy the best there is, you should at least double those prices.
- Area: Prior to any purchase, you have to decide how much space are you willing to allocate for your home gym. Does the whole basement seem a good idea, or do you have a spare room you use currently to put laundry which can fit your purposes perfectly? Decide on which area of your house is going to be hosting all the equipment you will later carry in and measure its exact dimensions.
- Fitness Machines: In order to meet the previously determined fitness goals and after deciding upon the available budget, you have to go shopping. A variety of fitness stores can supply you with the equipment you will need to train that set of muscles you want, but before accepting an offer try first to look around and check what you can discover. A store might be selling off, a department might have an extremely good deal on a couple of machines, or your neighbor might be interested in selling his treadmill. Check, ask and test the equipment you are considering of buying. After all, you are about to spend a small fortune.
- Expert’s Opinion: Ask, listen and write down the opinion of people much more experienced than you. Also it is always better to purchase the equipment you will be using from a fitness specialty store. You are entitled a guarantee and you can choose from a greater variety of machines. Moreover, these types of specialty stores employ professional trainers most of the times, who know what to advice you and why.
- Knowledge: Research and learn. Try to improve your knowledge on safety issues and exercising risks. Read all those equipment directions before attempting to use them and follow them!
Listen to music
Take an iPod, mp3 player or personal stereo next time you go to the gym. Create a playlist or a CD especially to be used for the gym. Include your favourite songs and especially fast paced songs. Songs that encourage you to stay at a fast pace due to its upbeat rhythm. Music is a great motivator and you can also use it as a distraction so that you don’t focus on the pain you’re going through. So next time you go to the gym, take some music with you to help create a more enjoyable experience for you and also to help to motivate you so you work harder.
Take a friend or exercise partner
Having someone with you can also lead to a more enjoyable experience. Someone to talk to during the long stretches on the treadmill and exercise bikes. You can catch up on the latest gossip which again takes your mind off of the pain you’re going through and encourages you to work for just that little bit longer.
You can compete with your friend or exercise partner which motivates you to work for harder and for longer in order to beat them. Adding that competitive edge to your workout routine will work wonders for your body.
Sometimes the confines of the gym are too dull for some. The same views and the same people everyday. Take your workout routine outside. Instead of running on the treadmill, run through your local park. Instead of cycling on the exercise bike for an hour, cycle round your local area. You’ll meet new people and experience more attractive scenery compared to the usual four walls of your gym.