Essential Equipment for Your Home Gym
Does it make sense to buy your own gym equipment such as a treadmill, dumbbells, barbells, resistance bands, etc. and build your own private gym at home? Why would you want to have a gym at home?
For one, you will save a lot of money on gym membership fees. All you need to do is make a one-time investment in exercise equipment or fitness equipment to set up the home gym.
Cost of Gym Equipment
How much does a gym or fitness center membership cost? That depends on the quality of the gym that you go to. The annual membership in a good gym can cost up to Rs. 25,000. Add Rs. 20,000 if you’re going to hire a personal trainer as well.
Also, if the gym is not at a walking distance from your home, you will need to take your car or bike to it. Make that an additional Rs. 50/day or Rs. 1,500 a month on fuel charges. That works out to Rs. 18,000 a year in traveling expenses alone. Add Rs. 10,000 for miscellaneous expenses such as up-sells. Every gym makes them.
So this works out to about Rs. 73,000 per year. That’s a lot of money to be paid year after year. And we haven’t even considered inflation – gym membership fees are increasing by 5% to 10% every year.
Instead, you can make a one-time investment for the same amount on essential gym equipment to create your own home gym and build muscles at home. Why spend so much on gym or fitness center membership fees? You will end up saving anything from Rs. 70,000 to 1 lakhs each year by having a home gym.
Gym Equipment Required at Home
- For a cardio workout: A treadmill is the most expensive piece of gym equipment you will need to buy for your home gym. You should warm-up with a quick walk or run on the treadmill for about 10 minutes before starting with your weight training. A treadmill costs anything from Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 60,000.
You can buy other cardio equipment from a gym shop such as a stationary cycle or a cross trainer, if you would like to. A skipping rope is one of the cheapest, simplest and yet most effective pieces of equipment for a cardio workout.
- For a perfect abs workout: You may want to invest in a Bosu, medicine ball or gym ball for an Abs workout. A Bosu can cost up to Rs. 3,500, while a gym ball costs Rs. 1000 or less. Resistance bands are useful cardio equipment as well and only cost a few hundred rupees for a whole set.
- For weight training: For weight training, you will need to invest in dumbbells and barbells of various weights. These are the most basic and essential pieces of fitness equipment. Start with lower weights at the beginning, and progressively increase the weight as you get stronger. You will also need to invest in an adjustable exercise bench.
- Privacy and freedom: For example, you probably feel uncomfortable about working out in a gym when there are so many people around you. This is especially true with women who hate to be stared at when exercising. It’s also the case with those who have just got started on their fitness journey and feel very self-conscious about being surrounded by muscle-clad gym goers. It will also provide privacy which will help you to concentrate without any distractions or interference. Freedom is another advantage in which you can play any music you want and can continue your workout without input from others.
- Hygiene: Also, commercial gyms are not very hygienic. You are surrounded by people who are sweating all over, and it can feel claustrophobic. The exercise equipment, such as barbells, benches and dumbbells, are covered with sweat, as they are used by a lot of people. There is a risk of catching an infection or a skin disease when using shared equipment.
- Experience: The personal trainers in many gyms are not all that educated or knowledgeable about fitness and exercises. There is a risk that they might give you the wrong advice, which could lead to a serious injury.
- Security: Also, from the privacy and security point of view, there’s nothing to beat having a home gym, especially for women. Traveling to and from a gym in a city like Mumbai or Delhi in evening traffic is another major issue. So much of your time gets wasted on things that have nothing to do with your workout at the gym.
- Convenience: Setting up a gym at home is the most convenient thing for people who love to workout. It will not only save time but will also give you access to exercise anytime as per your convenience. In your home gym, you can do your workout routine whenever you feel like it and can continue for as long as you wish.
- Cost effective: The final benefit is about cost saving. Setting up a gym at home is a one-time investment that will save you money in the long run. So what are you waiting for? Invest once and set up your own gym at home!
Benefits of Having Gym Equipment at Home
There are many reasons why you would want to have your own gym equipment at home –