Tuesday, October 12, 2021

The Price of the Home Gym :

The Price of the Home Gym
There is nothing more invigorating or more satisfying than the feeling you get after a good workout. With sweat dripping from hard, genuine calorie burning, and the endorphins coursing through your veins, the feeling of accomplishment is coupled by the knowledge that the last 2 hours were very well spent.

Despite this, there are a number of setbacks when it comes to going off to the local gym.

Any workout buff is more than familiar with the small but numerous hassles that come with going to a public gym. The level of determination that you have for pushing yourself to the limits on that treadmill, or using up all your strength to complete those lifting repetitions slowly and steadily fades as you instead find yourself standing in line waiting to use the first available equipment.

There is also the fact that in reality, only a small percentage of gym members actually use the gym: most people have for themselves a gym membership they pay for regularly, but never really get to use that much. And canceling that membership is somehow unacceptable to them, as it would be a pseudo-symbol of them giving up on the idea of getting into shape.

So given these factors, some might actually be more than dissuaded from putting on their workout clothes and getting into shape. And it is because of cases like these that a number of people consider the logical alternative of simply bringing the gym to their home.

A home gym, in theory, sounds like an excellent idea: the entire workout facility in the comfort and convenience of your own home. You would never have to wait in line to use a piece of equipment, and you could stay on that treadmill for as long as you want, without the restrictions of a time limit.

There is also the consideration that upon building a home gym, that monthly gym membership fee is history.

However, there is the consideration of exactly how much building a home gym would cost. Of course, for it to be effective one must have all the equipment needed for a full body workout; this alone might come a bit heavy in the pocket.

With this, a proper estimated rundown of the materials would be appropriate. Keeping in mind the cost of the gym equipment, a proper budgeting system would do you well if you are considering having your home gym.

First is the usual dumbbell set, the basic needs for any bodybuilder. Practically a staple to any gym, these have been known to be the most fundamental tools for muscle building, and a set would be more than appropriate for your home gym.

A complete set would most probably range somewhere between $300 and $500.

Then, there is the next level: the barbell, or the Olympic bar. These things come in different sizes, each one fitting for either the male or the female. Barbells would probably cost about $120.

Depending on your need for resistance training, you will need a few more pieces of workout equipment, from the $20 weight clips to any of several machines that would probably near the $1000 mark.

Keep in mind that these materials are only meant for resistance training; aerobic exercises, as you may know, use a whole other range of machines that you would have to purchase.

The first and foremost would be the good old reliable treadmill. Known to the one of the most popular cardiovascular exercise machines, the treadmill has been a gym staple, and there is no reason why it shouldn't be found in your own home gym. Even if you were a dedicated weightlifter, getting on the treadmill for half an hour would always do you good.

A good treadmill would probably cost you about $1200.

Then of course, there are the other aerobic exercise equipment, such as the exercise bike ($500-$1000), step machines ($60-$120), the elliptical trainers ($160-$300), and other aerobic necessities.

Other cost considerations would be the floor mats (about $400 for a 12'x12' room), the mirror ($75 for a 4x6), and of course, as with some cases, the payments needed for the extra space where your home gym will go.

In total, a home gym would probably cost you somewhere within the $4000 to $5000 mark.

This cost, however, beats the $85 monthly fee you pay your public gym.

A home gym is definitely a pricey investment, but if used regularly, it will pay off. It is your very own workout space, in your very own home. At this point, it is only about weighing the difference between cost and convenience.

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