Home Gyms For Beginners

It is important before you undertake any form of exercise that do a self-assessment. If you have any preexisting injuries or medical conditions, please consult your doctor and get a medical clearance before you start your exercise program. Everyone has a reason for training; a home gym for beginners is a great way to start.


All sports and training activities are goal oriented, i.e. there is a criteria for the results that you want to achieve, therefore it is important to identify what you want gain from your training. Identifying your training needs will help you to choose the best equipment so as you can work towards your goals effectively.


What Is a Beginner 

Because this article is aimed at beginners lets’ look at what is a beginner. A beginner can be anybody of any age, male or female that commences a new activity. Home gym for beginners is designed to assist anyone who is starting out on their fitness journey. I will help you to identify what you want to achieve and the best equipment to help you achieve your goals.


Planning Your Home Gym


Weight & Kettle bell


When planning your home gym there are a few factors that you have to consider:


1: What is the reason for your training? Have you just commenced playing a sport and you want to do some extra training at home to improve your skills, have you just decided that it’s time to work on your health and fitness or maybe you’re recovering from an injury and the physiotherapist suggested you so some extra work to aid your recovery.

* As a beginner you may need some guidance, your sports coach, a personal trainer or physiotherapist can help you identify the right equip for your particular activity. If you are simply starting an exercise routine to improve your health and fitness I recommend a consultation with a good personal trainer. He/she can guide you on a good exercise plan to start with and the right equipment to buy to implement your plan.


2: The size and shape of your home. Do you live in a house or an apartment; do you have a spare room or a garage, or a backyard with some protection from the elements?

* By working out the floor space and how you can fit your equipment in will help you choose the equipment the will fit into your home with the minimal amount of intrusion.


3: Your financial situation, how much money do you have to spend on home gym equipment.

* If you’re fortunate enough to be in a comfortable financial position and you have the space, then you can build a home gym to very effective train every muscle group.

* If money is a bit tight, don’t despair you can still put together an effective home gym on a small budget.


Choosing The Best Home Gym Equipment To Suit Your Goals

All training and fitness is goal oriented which means that everyone has a specific goal of what they want to achieve from their exercise routines. By having a clear understanding of the goals pertaining to your own sport or fitness activities will help you choose the best equipment and accessories to achieve the best results.


As a beginner should consider getting enough equipment to provide some variety in your training and the ability to progress as you get more experience. You can start with a few pieces of basic equipment, the essentials and add to your gym as you gain more experience and progress.


Example 1: If you, your husband, wife or child has recently taken up a martial art, some of the equipment you would consider obtaining to supplement that style of training is:Punching Bag

* A good full length punching bag

* A skipping rope

*Some focus mitts and Thai pads

* A floor mat for stretching

* Some dumbbells, there are some good  adjustable dumbbells that offer you a variety of options  at various weight  levels and don’t take up much space

* An adjustable bench press that will give you flat, incline and decline options

* This equipment would make nice little home gym and provide the beginner the ability to work on multiple aspects of their martial training at home and fast track their improvement.


Example 2: You have decided to improve your health and fitness in the areas of gaining size and strength, weight loss and body toning. Some of the equipment you would consider obtaining for that style of training is:

* A multi-station gym set. They provide the ability to train several different body parts all on the 1 machine. There is a wide variety of machines available and some of them like the Bowflex, Total Gym and Weider Gym are as good as the machines found in the larger gyms. There are also a wide variety of smaller multi-station gyms that would still provide the beginner with a solid workout and room to grow. Choosing a multi-station gym will depend on your budget and the size of home.

* Some dumbbells, there are some good  adjustable dumbbells that offer you a variety of options  at various weight  levels and don’t take up much space

* An adjustable bench press that will give you flat, incline and decline options

* If you don’t have the room for a multi-station gym, there are a lot of good fold away gyms that provide you with the ability to train several body parts using cables. The Total Gym endorsed by Chuck Norris on the infomercials is a good example of one of these

Home Workout Floor Mats

Floor Mat

* A door, wall or ceiling hung chin up station

* A floor mat for stretching

* A foam roller is good for  stretching and a gentle massage

* Kettle bells are a great addition to your dumbbells and provide some added variety to your training

* A stationary exercise bike or elliptical machine

* An ab worker

* Some gym flooring mats if you have a reasonable sized dedicated area for your home gym


You don’t need to buy all this equipment to have an effective home gym, depending on what your training goals are, you can just set up your home gym to suit your own personal needs with any combination of this equipment.


Improvement Through Consistency

With any activity in life continual improvement is achieved through consistency. Once you have your home gym set up and a good training program the next step is to start training. As a beginner you should look to train around 3-5 times a week depending on your life commitments. The main reason you have a home gym is to provide yourself the opportunity to train in the comfort of your own home at the times that it suits you.


Consistency is achieved through flexibility, if you miss a training day through work or a family commitment, try not to lose that day just move it to another day. You will have your training days and rest days and both are equally important but they don’t have to be set in stone. Be flexible with them and let them fit naturally into your busy life.


I’ll give you a personal example of how I do it. I’m a shift worker; I usually work 2 days, 2 nights then 4-5 days off. I make my work days my rest days and train on my days off. I also train in the morning of day between my last day shift and my first night shift. If I have a shift change I just move my training days and rest days around the suit my roster.


A Home Gym


A Few Tips For Getting The Best Out Of Training At Home

The best advice I can give you is that if you’re going to commence and exercise and fitness program is have a look at your diet. The old adageyou are what you eat”  is the key to successful training. Now I’m not saying you have to go on a super strict diet, just a balanced diet of healthy food. Allow yourself a treat now and then after all we only live once. There is another old adage I’d like you to think about,you can’t flex fat”, simply try to reduce the amount of unhealthy fats in your diet.

A few tips to help you get the best out of your home gym as a beginner are:

* Be consistent with your training; don’t let external distractions interrupt you. This is your time so get to best possible results from it


* Get some guidance and a good exercise program, there are a lot of good personal trainers out there that can get you heading in the right direction


* Where possible train with a family member or a friend. You can assist, motivate and encourage each other to work just that little bit harder. Some friendly rivalry and banter can make you’re your works fun and productive


I want to wish all the beginners out there the best of luck on your fitness journey and since I’m in a philosophical mood today I’d like to leave you with this thought EVERY PROFESSIONAL WAS ONCE A BIGGINER TOO”. 


If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.