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Building a home gym doesn’t have to be expensive. If you’re doing a Beachbody program — you can easily build a home gym if you’re on a budget and trying to keep costs low. You can even build one if you’re short on space.
In this article, I’ll walk you through the benefits of having a home gym, how to pick the right room, and the essential equipment you need to do a Beachbody workout program.
Benefits of Having a Home Gym
You might already know that you can use Beachbody On Demand to stream your workout program anywhere you go (more on that here), which means if you already have a gym membership, you bring your program on your laptop, tablet, or phone and do it there. We don’t recommend lugging in your own TV. Gyms tend to frown on that sort of thing.
While you’re there, check and see if there are any Beachbody LIVE classes. Gyms all over the country offer fun group classes such as P90X LIVE, INSANITY LIVE, CIZE LIVE, PiYo LIVE, and more. Find out here if your gym (or a gym in your area) offers LIVE classes.
If you don’t already belong to a gym or are thinking about letting your membership lapse, here are some benefits to having your own home gym:
1. A home gym will help you save time
Unless you live in a magical land where traffic doesn’t exist – or have a teleportation device – getting to the gym requires getting in your car, driving there, dealing with traffic, finding parking, finding a workout space, working out, and then doing the whole commute in reverse. If you have your own home gym, you can just go to that space, start doing your workout, and get a glass of water or Beachbody Performance Recover when you’re done.
2. A home gym may save you money.
Though you might pay more up front outfitting your home gym than you would for one month at your current or previous gym, the long-term savings will quickly add up. Most Beachbody programs require little to no equipment. And, even for those that do, the cost savings will eventually eclipse the amount you’d spend paying for a gym membership.
3. A home gym might get you better results.
We’re not saying you won’t get results at the gym. But, if you don’t go often because of all that’s involved (described above in benefit #1), then you could probably be getting better results. By creating a personal workout space in your house, you not only sidestep those issues, you’ll also have one less excuse to skip your workout. And that consistency — in both your diet and your fitness — will get you the results that you desire.
The Best Room For Your Home Gym
Your options for where to put your home gym vary. They depend on the size of your home, how many people live in it, and the type of workout you do. There are a few things to keep in mind when selecting the best room for your home gym.
How much traffic does the room get?
Ideally, your home gym room will be in a low-traffic area of your home. For instance, if you set up your home gym in the den, your workout time may conflict with when others want to watch TV — a battle you’re likely to lose.