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The Best Gym Is Your Own: Build Your Iron Paradise

The home gym is popular again. Think about it: Big-box gyms, 24-hour fitness centers and gigantic health and fitness resorts are popping up as well, but there is a growing resurgence of do-it-yourselfers out there who want (and possibly need) to go their own way. These so-called mavericks would have to put on their thinking caps and find inventive and creative ways to facilitate at-home workouts that went beyond push ups and sit ups long time ago. Haphazardly constructed racks, rigs and weights were cobbled together in order to perform the basics of weight training. Fast-forward a few years (or maybe even decades), and now we have myriad companies offering at-home training solutions delivered straight to your door within a few days. All of much of this equipment requires you to shell out your hard-earned bucks. Your home gym need not be a scene out of a sci-fi movie.

Should You Build a Home Gym?

It is fairly obvious to see the positive reasons behind building and utilizing a home gym. Convenience, no crowds, and the freedom to do what you want are all logical and universal. But with so many gyms opening in every neighborhood, some may see it as a chore to purchase equipment, store it, and garner enough motivation to perform effective workouts in their own home. You will need to answer some deeper questions before committing to your new venture, such as:
  • Where will it be staged?
  • How much equipment do I really need?
  • Will I realistically commit to a strict training schedule?
  • How will I manage motivation?
Answering these and other questions honestly will help you better formulate your decision before making the jump.  Your home gym can be the place where you find your own greatness.

The Pros and Cons of the Home Gym

To help you out a bit, let’s explore the pros and cons of a home gym in more detail. Pros of the home gym:

  • Convenience: As stated earlier, the home gym provides the ultimate feature of convenience. No driving to the gym, fighting through traffic, or even contemplating making the trip.
  • Always open: Think of your home gym as a 24-hour facility. No opening and closing hours, no holidays, no exceptions.
  • Free membership: After the upfront costs are paid, you won’t have any reoccurring monthly membership dues. You can save your money for upgrades, as desired.
  • Freedom: Aside from practicing good form, technique and sanitary habits in your home gym are yours to do as you will. Want to train barefooted, stand on a bench, or let out your guttural call during a set of deadlifts? Nobody’s going to stop you.
  • No wait: Supersetting, giant setting, or any other form of circuit always gets the greenlight. No waiting on a station, bench or bar—you have free reign to structure training as you see fit.
  • No distractions: TVs, undesirable music, and nonsensical chit-chat is nonexistent at your home gym. You won’t have the typical distractions of the local big box gym, which is more like a social club than a real training facility.
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