STEP 1: FIND A SPACE IN YOUR HOME
Look around and find the best space where you can set up your home gym. Whether it’s a spare bedroom, the study, a part of your lounge, or even your garage, make sure the room has windows or doors that allow natural light to come in, says Mondli Sibiya, a fitness expert from Airbornclick.
“The space should be as airy as possible, and should also be open enough for you to move around and rotate without having to touch any objects in the room,’’ Sibiya says.
STEP 2: PERSONALISE YOUR SPACE
Having a personalised gym space can help you feel more productive and comfortable when you’re working out. You can decorate your gym centre by painting it in bold colours that will make it visible and stand out from the rest of the rooms in the house. Put up posters of people whose bodies you’re inspired by or write motivational quotes that will help you to push yourself to achieve whatever goal you’ve set up for yourself. If you love plants then you can add them to your space to help boost oxygen levels in the room.
STEP 3: CHOOSE YOUR EQUIPMENT
If it’s within your budget, it’s best to invest in good equipment that won’t get damaged easily and that will last longer when maintained well.
Fitness expert Lee Niemandt advises investing in some dumbbells and weighted bands. “I believe that the only thing you need for a super-effective workout is a mat, and your body. Some workouts only require two small towels,” he says,
The floor mat can be used for the following exercises: sit ups, planks, lunges (these include abs, calves, gluteus, squats and hamstring), crunch, superman (arms and legs extended) and bridge (raise hips off the floor whilst lying on your back).
STEP 4: KEEP THE SPACE ORGANISED?
It’s important to keep your gym space organised, especially if you’re using the room for other purposes too. Adding shelves or bins or a small cabinet to store your gym equipment will keep the room neat.
Keeping your home gym organised will keep you motivated to use it. Knowing this is “your space”, your happy place will keep you on track.
“Also putting out the equipment you’ll need for your next workout is a good idea, so you know what you’re going to do, and don’t have to look start looking for things when you have to start working out. Try and keep pets and children away from your space,” says Niemandt.
STEP 5: PUT YOUR GYM TO GOOD USE?
The whole point of creating a gym at home is so that you could use it. Wake up 30-40 minutes earlier in the morning and have a quick workout.
“Set certain times and days for your training and make them non-negotiable. If you’re a beginner then start with the basics, like body weight exercises, to avoid over straining and injuries. Taking in oxygen is also essential throughout the workout because your muscles need oxygen. ” Sibiya advises.