There are actually a ton of reasons to build your own home gym. But, ultimately they fall into three major buckets: saving time, saving money, and personal freedom. Before pricing out your gym or drilling holes in your walls, it's important to think about why you want to build a home gym.
Taking time to uncover your needs, pain points, and lifestyle preferences will help guide you in building the home gym that’s right for you. Don’t forget to check out our How To Build A Home Gym Ultimate Guide for more home gym building tips.
It might seem counterintuitive, spending money to save money, but bear with us for a moment. If you’re training at a specialty gym, such as a CrossFit or weightlifting gym, you could expect to pay between $120-200 per month. Using $150 as an average, that’s $1,800 a year spent on access to a training facility. And that doesn’t include the cost of travel, gas, parking, childcare, or your valuable time.
All gyms - whether they’re a commercial facility, local weightlifting gym, or CrossFit affiliate - have gear specific for their clientele. Commercial facilities have everything for everybody, weightlifting gyms are more focused, and a CrossFit affiliate has a blend of gear.
But if you’re an Olympic lifter who trains at a CrossFit affiliate because it’s the only place that has competition Olympic bumper plates, do you really need to outfit your home gym with an Assault Runner? Probably not.
To put it another way, building a home gym should be a direct reflection of your training needs. The best way to save money with a home gym is to understand what gear is essential for your goals and start from there. Selecting multi-purpose gear or equipment you can build on over time is another way to maximize your savings, as can emphasizing quality over bargains.
PAY FOR WHAT YOU WANT
When you’re paying a gym membership, you’re also paying for that gym’s equipment. Most gyms simply add more equipment to accommodate class sizes and replace equipment at the end of its rope (sad, but it happens). Very seldom do they add new gear into the mix. Instead of wishing your gym had a push sled or farmer's carry handles, you can invest in the equipment you want with the money you would have spent at the gym anyways.
Everyone’s situation, space, budget, and training needs are different. Understanding what works for you and building a home gym based on that can eliminate a recurring expense and free up an even more precious resource - time.
SAVING TIME WITH A HOME GYM
One of the biggest demotivators for going to the gym is just that - the going part. No one wants to sit in traffic or spend extra time commuting to and from work, home, and the gym. And while we give mad respect for the 6am morning warriors out there, most folks aren’t stoked on waking up that early to work out.
Bringing the gym home saves time on multiple fronts. There’s the immediate perk of never running late for a group class. And there’s something to be said for cutting out part of your commute.
But the real time saver is being able to plan your training around your day, not around another gym’s operation hours or busy times. Being able to spend exactly the right amount of time for your warm up, workout, and cooldown before seamlessly moving on with your day is one of the first of many joys new home gym owners experience.
IT’S YOUR (GYM) LIFE
Having your own space to use the way you want, how you want is one of the other main allures to building a home gym. Not everyone has access to training facilities that meet their needs. And some folks just want to train the way they want to without having to worry about others. And look, if you want to blast Norwegian speed metal and slam your weights with authority, you should have that freedom.
While that will have you quickly banned from Planet Fitness, owning your own gym gives you certain liberties others are not privy to. Pick your weights, pick your music, and pick your wedgie free from judgement in the privacy of your own home, basement, or garage. It’s your gym, your rules (but definitely be considerate of your neighbors).
Aside from training how you want, personalizing your home gym is the finishing touch for creating the perfect place to train. That’s going to look different based on everyone’s needs, but things like timers, flags, paint, lighting, white boards, speakers, and flooring can turn an ordinary basement or garage into a world-class training facility.
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