Tips for Creating a Home Gym

December was a blustery month here in the Northwest, and record snowfall meant days trapped indoors and lots of canceled plans. Among our winter casualties? Regular workouts with a personal trainer. Though she offered "alternative" exercise (i.e. trudging through deep snow and climbing the basement stairs), nothing quite took the place of actual equipment. Which got us thinking...what does it take to create a home gym?

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We took a quick look at Oregon Home's 16 Tips for Home Gyms and eHow's How To Build A Cheap Home Gym and were most impressed with the following suggestions:

  • Create a co-op gym with friends where everyone splits the cost of equipment, but only one person stores the gear at his home or garage.
  • Search for used gear on local online bulletin boards.
  • Research the cost of various exercise options (including gym memberships and classes) before you spend money on setting up a home gym.
  • Before you buy a big piece of equipment, measure and remeasure it and the room in which you'll use it.
  • Protect hardwood, cement or tile floors from sweat, equipment grease and repetitive motions with a thick floor mat.
  • Realize that the small things—bottles of water, a heartrate monitor, dumbbells—are as important as big, spendy exercise machines.

Do you have a home gym? If so, what tips do you have for pulling one together?

Images: batiskafo kotur and rbarenblat for Flickr

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