Growing up, you may have or had the dream of wanting to be a garage athlete, aka someone who owns and works out in their own garage/home gym. For years, you dreamt about hitting that big lift with nobody else there, right? No, that was most likely never the case!
However, having your own home gym setup is actually extremely practical for those with active lifestyles and the process of building a home gym out is truly exhilarating. Whether the home gym is your primary place to workout or not, there are countless benefits to having a home gym option. Easy access to fitness in this busy world is crucial, so here are a few reasons to create your own gym.
9 Benefits of Building a Home Gym
1. No commute
First, you are a doorway or two away from your own personal gym. With the ability to simply walk to your gym at any time, you’ll indefinitely save time in the long run, so now you have more time to do the rest of life. Your 45 minute workout will actually take only 45 minutes, as opposed to the hour and a half it normally takes after driving to the gym, getting ready in the locker room, chit chatting with random folks, and then heading back home.
This additional time will allow you to spend more time with your family or friends, take up another hobby, read more, start a business, or anything else that you may have wanted to do.
2. Open 24/7
Life is busy and there are times when it’s difficult or impossible to get to the gym. With a home gym, it’s not the end of the world if you missed your scheduled lunch workout because a meeting popped up, or if you didn’t wake up to your morning alarm. Additionally, you’ll have the ability to workout a second time if your first workout was worthless the first go. It’ll also be open Christmas, Easter, and your country’s Independence Day.
3. No lines or Distractions, so Take Your Time
Tired of waiting? The squat rack in your home gym will always be open, so you don’t have to awkwardly stand around that area waiting to snag it it once someone is done. With a home gym, there is nothing holding you back from getting in and out as fast as possible. It goes the other way as well.
There also won’t be any pressure to always tell the person waiting for a certain piece of equipment that it’s your last set. Move at the pace you want when you are lifting in your garage, basement, or any other part of your house.
4. Make Your Own Rules
Drop the weights, load up the chalk, blast the music, and invite your friends without making them sign a form or be harassed by the sales staff. It’s your space and you have the freedom to do whatever you’d like with it. There is no need to worry about setting off an alarm that may get you thrown out.
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5. Make It Completely Yours
Whether you are training for functional fitness, powerlifting, strongman, a 5k race, or just general health and wellness, you have the ability to pick the equipment that is most suitable to the workouts you’ll be performing. You’ll also have the ability to customize it, so that it’s a motivating place where you’ll want to spend your valuable time.
Decorate it with your favorite brands, sports teams, posters, etc. It’s not the living room, so you can get a little crazy.
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6. Potential to Save Money
If you decide to purchase a lot when first creating your home gym, then there will be a decent amount of upfront costs. However, you have the ability to save money overtime when comparing your upfront costs to the monthly gym membership and gas expenses you pay over time.
Plus, most equipment will retain its value pretty well, so there is the ability to resell if you end up changing your mind or upgrading to new items.
7. Less Germs (Hopefully)
Scared of germs? No need to worry about the hundreds of sweaty people that have already used that barbell or piece of equipment. It’s your equipment and you know the last time it has been cleaned.
8. Get Wild
There is nobody around to judge you and it can be as private as you want it to be. You can wear what you want, grunt on those heavy lifts, or lay on the ground as long as you want after that intense WOD. Supersetting is also made easier without the crowd or others waiting on certain equipment.
9. It’s Exciting
Building out your home gym is exhilarating! The process is very fun and it’s your opportunity to get creative. Just like with any project around the house, it’s extremely rewarding and you will always brainstorming ways to make it better.
With all of that being said, building your full home gym doesn’t need to happen all at once. I suggest starting out with just a little bit of space in your garage, basement or any other room in your house, and pick-up a barbell and some bumper plates from Craigslist or any other equipment store. You can perform thousands of different workout combinations with just this equipment. If you are in an apartment, grab a few kettlebells. Then, after some time, you can figure out what specifically you need next and slowly build out your home gym.
In conclusion, home gyms can help eliminate excuses and have the potential be be one of the best investments you can make for your health. Even if you love your current gym, there are countless reasons to create your own at home and some are named above. It’s also not as difficult as you think to get started and doesn’t need to happen all at once.
Editor’s note: This article is an op-ed. The views expressed herein and in the video are the author’s and don’t necessarily reflect the views of BarBend. Claims, assertions, opinions, and quotes have been sourced exclusively by the author.
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