A lot of people hate the idea of going to a gym to workout. Let’s face it, it can be a pain. Whether it’s the crowds, waiting for a piece of exercise equipment you want to use, feeling self-conscious, or simply the time and hassle of getting to and from the gym, it’s not always fun.
Those reasons are exactly why there is such a huge market for home gym equipment. It’s why so many people look into the idea of putting together a home gym. They can work out when they want, dress how they want, listen to the music they want, and never have to worry about anyone watching or judging them for how they look or the exercises they perform! Not to mention all the time saved on the trip to and from the gym.
Unfortunately, there is a lot of bad exercise equipment out there. Not only do you have to worry about getting home gym equipment that doesn’t last very long, but if it breaks while you’re using it, a serious injury could occur.
So it’s important to make sure you buy quality home gym equipment, even if it costs a little more. A good piece of gym equipment really should last a lifetime.
One thing you need to be aware of is the amount of space you have available. This seems obvious but it’s really important. This means the height of your ceilings as well. If you only have a five-foot by five-foot area of space available that is going to play into what gym equipment you can use.
It’s also important to know what type of exercise you’ll be doing at home. If you want a stationary bike, that narrows things down a lot. If you want to do strength training, you have a lot more options available to you.
While some pieces of equipment, like a kettlebell or pull up bar, can be ordered online, for many of them, it’s best to get a look at them in person, if at all possible. Multi-exercise home gym equipment has a lot of moving parts and the quality of the material can vary greatly.
It’s important to be able to see how sturdy the construction is, and possibly even try it out in the store. Be sure and check Amazon for reviews as well. If it’s not well made, there should be a number of reviews that mention this fact.
Pay attention to the number, and quality, of nuts, bolts, and moving parts. Does anything wobble or seem unsteady? What are the specifications of the metal being used? How much weight can it bear? Or, even better is it metal or some type of cheap plastic?
When shopping for home gym equipment, it’s best to keep things simple. If you’re going to do some weight training, a simple Olympic Bar with weights is your best option. If you have the money, a bench and power rack will allow you to do almost any weight lifting exercise you want, in safety, and it will last a lifetime.
If you know what type of exercise you want to do, and you’re able to check out the equipment in person, while also reading reviews for problems, you should be okay.