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Tips for Building Your Own Home Gym 0

Posted on October 20, 2020 by Ori Amital

We know how hard it can be for all the fitness and gym enthusiasts there who were used to doing workout routines at the gym. Sadly, with the onset of the global COVID pandemic, it has become impossible to hit the gyms when everyone is advised to stay at homes and practice social distancing.

However, this step taken is for our own good – we learn now that gyms tend to be a hub for infection spread and must be avoided to the most, especially when a global pandemic situation is on the rise. It makes sense as the equipment can be infected with the virus because of a lot of people using it all the time. Moreover, the humid conditions in the gym can make it quite dangerous as it makes the virus easily transferable from one individual to another. In this regard, building a home gym can save you from getting the disease while you are also able to get all the benefits you want!

  1. Allocate a Specific Space

We all know that making a home gym requires firstly to have a separate space where you can adjust your material and do your exercises. However, what most people ignore is the space you are trying to take for the gym and how you will make different portions in the room. For example, many people will agree that having a yoga place in the room will be a wise option to choose from. In that regard, you need to allocate a space where you have enough space for doing meditation and yoga. Place a yoga mat and make sure space is not hoarded with sports equipment in the spot.

2. Paint it, Renovate it

Gyms don’t have to be boring, especially when you are likely to get demotivated fast. You can paint the place with vibrant colors to bring in the energy, and you can also paste some motivational posters to get you through the strenuous workouts. What’s more, adding some mirrors will help you see yourself clearly as you do different exercises. This way, you are able to keep a check on your formation and see how you can make the exercise more effective this way. Also, when you have created a professional environment like that in your home, you know there is no room for negligence when it comes to working with that body.

3. Have a Check for the Ventilation

This is something a lot of people forget to check but note the same problem once they ignore it. Make sure you have an exhaust system in your room so that there is no buildup of humidity that leads to suffocation. Moreover, there should be a proper ventilation portal through which the room doesn’t smell of sweat as you perform hardcore activities. Learn to be more systematic while checking for air passage and temperature control systems in the room. You cannot make a home gym with all the sports equipment efficient enough if it doesn’t have these systems in ideal control. Refer to a professional if you need to do it.

4. Arrange some Gadgets

Try to arrange some gadgets while you are on the go for making a gym at your home. These include an audio system, a TV set capable of HDMI cable, an internet-connected device or Wi-Fi system, speakers, and perhaps a DVD player. The idea is to make use of video and audio to add some life to the gym. You can watch any tutorial that you can follow in your gym or just play some energetic and motivating songs on the audio system to listen to while you do those squats and lunges at the home gym. Get the right environment that helps you boost your mood while you are doing exercises at your home gym.

5/ Get some Equipment

A home gym is incomplete without the use of sports equipment. Get all the basic equipment you need, from dumbbells to treadmills, from weight lift bars to step-up blocks. You can get a multitude of sports equipment available for you and expect to get the best results. The key is to find what suits you the most and what exercises you are expecting to do so you can get the sports equipment you want. Once you get them placed at the home gym, it is time to go with the routine and get those body goals accomplished without having to leave your doorstep.

Bottom Line

Anyone can build a home gym; you just have to create a space where you feel motivated and find no difficulty in managing so you can attain your fitness goals without any obstacle.

Top 4 Ways to Find the Right Equipment for Your Home Gym 3

Posted on September 12, 2018 by Michael Sanduso

Home gymThere’s something exciting about getting back into the habit of working out. Before you begin comparing what different fitness equipment stores have to offer, set some ground rules for choosing only the best. Here are a few tips that will help.

Start With the Basics

It’s been a long time since you worked out regularly. Now is not the time to invest in a lot of equipment that is beyond your ability. Focus instead on basic equipment like benches, weights, and other resources that you can use to tone those muscles and build endurance. The day will come when you can add more equipment and take advantage of the great pricing for new exercise machines for sale. For now, simple and basic will serve you well.

A Little Fun Won’t Hurt

While you may be sticking with the basics for now, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun at the same time. You’ll find that the better fitness equipment stores offer equipment that almost makes it seem as if you are playing instead of working out. Remember how much fun it was to jump rope when you were a kid? Consider adding some time jumping rope to your workout routine. It’s a great stress reducer and works out more muscles groups than most people realize. Jumping rope is also a lot of fun even if you aren’t particularly stressed right now. Read the rest of this entry →

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    • Stan Jones – Weight Training Trailblazer
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      Stan Jones

      The Sports Then and Now Athlete of the Month was one of the great linemen of his era and is considered a trailblazer for using weight training and conditioning to develop his skills.

      After a standout career at the University of Maryland, Stan Jones spent nine seasons as an offensive lineman for the Chicago Bears, making seven Pro Bowl appearances and earning first team All-Pro three times.

      In 1962, assistant coach George Allen suggested Jones move to defense to help solidify that unit for the Bears. He played both ways in 1962 and then in 1963 moved permanently to the defense.

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