Setting Up A Home Gym

Setting up a home gym doesn't need to be hard, but you do need to be smart about it. The most effective equipment for the best possible price may seem straight forward enough, but here a few things to consider for light and heavy users:

Weight: Freestanding units are extremely heavy. Be sure to check your floor type can bear the extra weight.

Height: Some pulley systems are quite high, so if you are using a room in your home, check for clearance issues.

Width: Check how wide range of movement will be. Hitting a wall with feet or hands is not what you want.

Flooring: A cement slab in a garage is fine. But make sure if you drop a weight it isn't going to go through your apartment or upstairs floor and kill Bob below watching TV from the comfort of his armchair.

Safety: Home gyms are fun for adults, do be sure children cannot access the room, or you can fold and put equipment away. In fact anyone who gets curious can easily injure themselves if they haven't used the equipment before.

Correct Assembly: Know that the home gym will not turn up at your door ready to go. Normally assembly will be required and getting this wrong could not only void warranty, but it puts the user at risk.

What Things to buy?

If a beginner or light user wanting to improve general fitness, flexibility, manage weight and increase muscle tone.

- Aerobic machine (step, elliptical, treadmill, bike)
- Dumbbells - lighter for overhead lifts and side lifts, Heavier for lunges and squats
- Adjustable bench
- Fitness ball
- Exercise mat
- Enough space for stretches

Multi-gyms are also popular in home gyms for beginners. A price to suit all levels and an instructional book are good incentives. Plus being compact less space may be required. Most likely price range: Under $500-$1000

Intermediate trainers are usually moving into more serious strength building, focusing on muscle development.

- Dumbbells - full set
- Barbells and plates
- Strong exercise bench with a barbell rack
- More advanced multi-gym-or cheaper option used along with free weights above Most likely price range: $1500-$2500

Advanced trainers are taking on the serious body building. This is often combined with public gym sessions as well.

- Large and complex multi-gym
- Advanced free weights and bench Usually $3000 upwards

Consider the space you have carefully. Some machines are designed for corners, and some have large extension ranges. Don't buy sight unseen. Be sure to get all possible measurements, including any possible attachments. If you have more than one person wanting to exercise at the same time, a multi-station means more than one person can work out at once. Watch how you transport equipment like dumbbells, bar plates, and free weights. They are heavy and will do damage.