Building a home gym can mean different things to different people. For some, having the latest greatest fitness equipment is top on their list, but for others, simple effective fitness accessories are all that’s needed.

Before you start to build your very own home gym, consider these points:

Where will it go?
Deciding on a space that you will be dedicating time to exercising is one of the most important factors to consider. It should be in an area that is comfortable, safe, and a place you enjoy being in daily. If it is dark, too hot/cold, piled with household junk, or unsafe in any way, the likelihood of you bringing yourself to train in that space will be diminished; nothing worse than lacking motivation to exercise because you hate the space to do it.

Do I have space restrictions?
Determining the size of space you have to work with is important in determining what type of home gym will work best for you and your family. If your space is limited, creating a workout area that incorporates fitness accessories or smaller fitness equipment may be a better fit. If you have a dedicated room or large space, your options are far greater to create the type of space that would make friends envious.

What do I REALLY need?
One thing to keep in mind is that purchasing fitness equipment is not always about getting the latest and greatest, rather selecting what is best suited for you. Making informed decisions is necessary to avoid purchasing equipment you don’t really need. Speaking with an experienced and well informed fitness advisor from Spartan Fitness can be helpful in explaining the differences between fitness equipment and what would work best for you. Selecting the right fitness gear based on your goals, what you enjoy doing, limitations (meaning injuries or medical conditions), and number of users at any given time are all aspects a Spartan Fitness staff member can assist you with.

What is your budget?
Although we may all want the machine that does it all, reality is sometimes it is not within our budget. Determine what your health and wellbeing is worth to you, and what you can comfortably manage to spend before heading out to shop. Devise a game plan before hand based on the knowledge you have. Prepare questions, determine what budget you would like to stay within, and suit up in comfortable workout attire because the luxury of shopping at Spartan Fitness is the benefit of trying out the machines before you buy. From that point, along with the assistance of an experienced fitness advisor, determine what will work for you and your family within your budget. 

Here are a few home gym examples to consider:

1. (KISS) Keep It Simple Silly
  • Ultimate Stability Ball
  • Vo3 Resistance Band
  • Skipping Rope
  • Ultimate Foam Roller
2. The Accessorizer
  • TRX Suspension Trainer
  • BOSU Balance Trainer
  • Powerblock U-90 Adjustable Dumbbell Set
  • Vo3 F.I.D. Adjustable Bench
  • Travel Roller
3. Pumping Iron
  • Hoist Squat Rack
  • Olympic Bar with Vo3 Rubber Weight Plates
  • Hoist 4145 Adjustable Bench
  • Life Fitness T3 Treadmill
  • Vo3 Kettlebell
4. The Real Deal
  • Precor Elliptical
  • Hoist Mi6 Functional Trainer
  • Waterrower
  • Ultimate Stability Ball
  • Ultimate Yoga Matt
  • Ultimate Foam Roller
5.The Total Package
  • Hoist Mi7 Functional Training System
  • Hoist 5165 F.I.D. Adjustable Bench
  • Precor Treadmill
  • Precor Upright Bike
  • Dumbbell Set with Hoist Rack
  • Variety of Fitness Accessories

With so many options for home gyms, you have the ability to customize it to your preference. Select from cardio machines, strength equipment and fitness accessories, all while staying within a budget that works best for you. Stop by a Spartan Fitness location for brand name fitness equipment with professional advice. Each associate will provide a comfortable shopping environment and walk you through the process of selecting the right gear that fits your needs.

Carmen Deacetis is a certified Holistic Nutritionist, Personal Trainer, and co-owner of FitFX

Alan Somerville