Adding a home gym in your loft conversion is a great way to stay motivated and even save some money on gym memberships. While most home gyms do have less equipment than members’ gyms, you can pick and choose what you want according to your own workout regime (and you’ll never have to wait for your favourite machine again!).
The amount of equipment and quality depends on your budget and the space available. While you can pick up equipment at much cheaper rates than professional machines, it’s best not to skimp too much on cost since it can affect quality.
Most home gyms look to add treadmill or crosswalker since this is one of the bulkier items that you can’t just add to any other room around the house. You may even choose to invest in a rowing machine if that’s your preferred workout.
You can pick up most cardio machines for £500 or so, and they have warranties to ensure that they’ll last. Since you have full reign of your home gym, you can even do interval training between high intensity cardio work and strength exercises with your weights.
Swiss Ball/Balance Board
Both of these pieces of equipment are fantastic for building strength and ensuring that you develop muscles evenly. They’re relatively cheap and don’t take up much space.
Trainers all over the world are switching dumbbells for kettlebells to add functional movements to strength training and exercise more muscles. A small set of kettlebells should help you build strength without breaking the bank.
Foam rollers are another cheap but fantastic item to add to your home gym to keep your muscles supple and protect against (or rehabilitate) injury.
TV & Sound System
There’s no need to untangle your headphones or find somewhere to put your iPod when you’re the only one in the gym. You can set up the best spot to see the tv clearly and either watch your favourite shows, play music, or use workout DVDs to help you stay motivated.
If you want to go even bigger, you could add a shower and sauna to your loft conversion to push your workouts that bit further. Studies have shown that athletes who use saunas daily for 3 weeks benefit from better endurance.Tags: home gym