How to Build Your Home Gym during COVID-19 Quarantine

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Have you been worried about the daily fitness routine that you managed to build over the years? This COVID-19 quarantine has had a heavy toll on the fitness trainers and enthusiasts, especially those who had just started to reap the benefits of their prolonged hard work. But instead of waiting for the lockdown to get lifted and wasting the fruits of your hard job, let’s build your home gym, as the saying goes, “Don’t give up because things are hard, but work harder when you think of giving up” –Anthony Liccione

Would it be effective?

There is a misconception that to remain fit and healthy, one has to go to a gym, no matter what. Thanks to online articles and videos about working out, that now you don’t need to believe this cliché. You can build your home gym that can be cost-effective, safe, and customize, according to your individual needs. As for the training, techniques, and guidance, the internet can be your guru!

Coming right to the point; before building your home gym, you need to have three considerations in mind i.e. the SPACE, COST, and ROUTINE. But even before these three considerations, one needs to make a thorough plan and commit to it like a rock.

1.    Finding a proper space to place your gym equipment

Where do you have extra space? Is it your garage, basement, or even the living room? The space you choose to build your home gym needs to have proper ventilation to maintain the temperature for all seasons and if possible, big windows would add an extra point for natural light. In addition, you need to consider the flooring in case you intend to use heavier machines. Especially, if you live in an apartment, it is better to keep it light!

2.    Calculating all the costs and keeping them under the budget

The exercise equipment that you want needs to be under the budget. It is one of the most important aspects of building one’s home gym. The budget can vary according to the space that you choose since space will determine what gym gear you need. In a bigger space, you can put a lot of stuff and big machines, but in a small space, your equipment budget will be small. Hence, the second step is to calculate and determine how much you can afford to invest. 

To help you out, in case you are a beginner, here are a few basic small types of equipment that are not just essential but cheap as well:

  • Dumbbells
  • Kettlebells
  • Barbells
  • Pull up bar
  • Jump rope
  • Medicine ball
  • Rings 
  • Weight plates 

3. Creating a workout timetable and sticking to it

What is the use of all the above-mentioned efforts if you don’t make full use of your home gym? It is very important to make a timetable for regular workouts and keep your nose to the grindstone. It is better to start with light weight lifting and keep it that way in case you are a beginner. As the saying goes, slow but steady, so should be your workout routine.

However, there are a few suggestions for the ones who are confused about beginner exercises:

·        Round 1 – Pushing it up

Let’s kick it off by releasing some heat. Here are the best exercises, to begin with:

Barbell Bench Press – 4 sets x 8-12 reps

Standing Overhead Press – 4 sets x 8-12 reps

Dips (or pushups) between 2 chairs – 3 sets

Lying Leg Raises – 5 sets x 12 reps

Run (outside) – 30 minutes

·        Round 2 – Leg day

Squats – 5 sets x 12 reps

Front Squats – 4 sets x 10-12 reps

Standing Calf Raises with Barbell – 5 sets x 15 reps

Deadlifts – 5 sets x 5 reps

Crunches – 5 sets x 12 reps

·        Round 3 – Pull-ups

Pullups (you can use a doorway pull-up bar) – 3 x

Barbell Rows – 4 sets x 8-12 reps

Chin-ups (you can use a doorway pull-up bar) – 3 x

Side-Lying Planks – 30 seconds each side for 3 sets total

Side-Lying Planks – 30 seconds each side for 3 sets total

Benefits of having a home gym

Building a home gym shouldn’t be a problem for those who are fitness enthusiasts or seeking to remain healthy during the quarantine. Also, there are a few benefits of preferring private gym over a public one. For instance;

  • Your comfort level increases when you are working out alone. There’s no need to rush out of peer pressure – you can be yourself!
  • Your privacy isn’t compromised
  • You can maintain your focus without the hustle and bustle of a public gym
  • Cleanliness and hygiene can be taken care of properly
  • Flexible timings can be scheduled and you can work out as many times as you want
  • Going at your own pace – no need to compete with others

Conclusion

As it is said that necessity is the mother of inventions, hence we need to make things work out in times of quarantine. Instead of waiting for the public gyms to open, you can build your home gym and continue with your fitness routine and healthy lifestyle. Such an investment of time, energy, and money will pay back in physical and mental relaxation and fitness. So, start making your plans today and get all geared up for your home gym!

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