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Factors to Consider When Preparing for Your Home Gym

Posted on September 28, 2017 in Staying Fit by

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Going to the gym might be time-consuming for most of us, which is why it’s better to have a home gym where you can always work out whenever you have a free time.

However, building one requires you to consider the following:


How much are you willing to spend? How many materials can you purchase with your budget? It’s essential to check the prices of the equipment before buying. Make sure you read reviews about the best one for the money as well.


  1. home gymThe place where you can build your gym should be spacious enough to accommodate the most important tools. A spare room would be ideal.
  2. Remember that as you improve, you’ll be needing more equipment, so make sure you have space for future equipment.
  3. Change the look of the room or space, making you feel motivated and not too comfortable.
  4. Clean the location—from the ceiling, walls, down to the floor—ensure that corner is free from dust and dirt.
  5. Paint the walls of the room with a light color which is pleasing to the eyes. Make use of a paint sprayer to make the job easier. There are paint sprayer reviews found here.
  6. Let the paint dry completely.


These are the five most crucial tools your home gym will need:

  1. Platform – This is essential because it will deaden the noise of weights. It will also protect your equipment as well as the floor. You don’t have to purchase an expensive one immediately. You can buy a simple one then upgrade in a few months. If you have an unlimited budget, then go for the top-quality platform your money can afford.gym bench, platform, and dumbbells
  1. Bench – A lot of exercises such as bench press and dumbbell pullover can’t be performed if you don’t have a bench. Ensure that the bench you’ll purchase can carry your weight and height. If you have the money, it’s best to have an adjustable bench so that others can also work out on it.
  1. Power rack – As the centerpiece of your home gym, the power rack may consume a lot of space in the room, but it is excellent for almost any exercise. It’s safe to use, and it’s definitely worth the money. Make sure you check the strength, height, width, and hole spacing before purchasing a power rack. You might want to check out the accessories too.
  1. Barbell and weights – Standard bars are for heavy lifting, and Olympic bars are for compound lifting. The number of weights depends on you, but you should ask a fitness expert to know what bar you should purchase.
  1. Dumbbells – These affordable tools are more versatile than barbells and are ideal for the home gym with limited space. If you want to be safe and comfortable while exercising, choose fixed dumbbells.


Making Fitness a Priority

Posted on October 14, 2016 in Staying Fit by


Keeping fit is a commitment that many athletes take seriously. Whatever the sporting goal may be, one’s level of fitness can make or break the chance of achieving it. But sticking to a regular workout routine may sometimes be a daunting feat, especially for busy athletes. It becomes even trickier when there is a lot of traveling involved. If you want to make exercise one of your priorities while traveling, here are some strategies that can help you get started.

1. Stay committed. Everything is doable if you commit to it. And regular exercise is high on the list of must-dos that you can actually stick to if you choose to. You just have to get past the real or perceived obstacles that may hinder you from doing it. Foremost of which would be the initial inconveniences when you try to squeeze in some exercise time to your tight travel schedules. You should also be prepared to work around the inherent challenges of traveling. The hours can be unpredictable and you might have to deal with unexpected changes to your travel schedules. When you commit to your fitness goals, you are more likely to find ways to make room for exercise every day.

2. Maximize free time. Plan your day ahead so you can manage your time well. Set aside some time for exercise. If that is not possible given your itinerary, squeeze in exercise or any physical activity during your free time. Instead of sitting down for long stretches of time, you can spend it moving around. Maximize waiting times by going for a walk even just in building corridors.

3. Adapt. Exercise does not have to follow a rigid schedule. Chances are you will have more time for exercise if you just take advantage of every little time you can spare. Apart from a regular workout routine, come up with a list of other activities that could get you moving throughout the day. If you are just starting a fitness routine, aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercises. You can either complete a workout at one go or divide your exercise goal time in chunks of three 10-minute exercises. The more short exercises you can do in a day, the easier it gets make your fitness routine stick.

4. Eat nutritious meals. Eating the right foods can help you sustain the energy to exercise on top of the many other things you have to do during your work trips. Maintaining a healthy diet has always been essential to a good fitness plan. Some foods can even provide you with the energy boost you might need to stick to your workouts.


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