It’s a new year, and that means that the masses have all adopted some kind of fitness resolution, turning your beloved sports club into something of a rookie zone. Because of the crowds, your workouts end up taking a little longer than they usually do and not everyone has time to wait around for someone to get off the treadmill. Sounds familiar, right? There are plenty of reasons why building a home gym is a good idea, and with the right equipment and a little know how, it doesn’t have to be expensive. Here’s some handy advice to help you go big and stay home.

1. Before you begin, map out your fitness routine and get a whiteboard
Once you figure out how and what you’re training, you can determine how much space you’ll need and what equipment is required to get the most out of your workout. A whiteboard is a great investment for any home gym because it’s an easy way to track your progress, monitor your results as well as plan out your workout routines.

2. Buy some adjustable dumbbells or kettlebells
A great set of adjustable dumbbells or kettlebells are the foundation of any home gym, as weight training is an important part of keeping in shape. Adjustable dumbbells are also incredibly versatile, safe and cost effective as the range of exercises you can do with them is virtually endless.

3. Scour classifieds for gently used fitness equipment
Home gym experts say that 6 weeks after Christmas is a great time to buy gently used fitness gear as most people got their workout equipment as a gift and have since abandoned their fitness goals. So if you’re on a budget but need a few bigger items, your local craigslist is the place to go. Depending on your equipment needs, you should be able to find some really great deals on new gear that’s barely been used.

4. Invest in flooring
It’s more than likely that you’ve converted all that extra space in your garage or basement into your home gym, which means that you probably have a concrete floor. DIY gyms, particularly those that are Cross Fit orientated, can really benefit from having a non slip surface. If you drop weights on an unprotected surface you’re probably going to get cracks and chips. Cracks turn into fissures and chips turn into potholes over time. You can avoid this costly property damage with a few simple solutions. There are several floor mat products that provide padding and have slip resistant surfaces but these are very porous and provide temporary protection. Another option is a permanent slip resistant epoxy concrete coating. The coating will protect your floor from damage should you accidentally spill a beverage on it, as well as provide an added grip to keep you from slipping and falling if you get sweaty. Anything that protects your property from damage and keeps you safe is always a great investment.

5. Be patient. A great home gym isn’t built in a day
As your workout routine needs change and evolve, so will your home gym. The process of putting together the ultimate home gym takes time, commitment and a little bit of spare cash – so don’t give up and sign up for your nearest gym if things aren’t taking shape right away. If you’re patient and stick with it, you can enjoy the convenience of your perfect, personalized workout experience for years to come.

Home Gym Concrete Coatings

Mark Bach

Mark Bach is co-owner of Bach Custom Coatings, a residential and commercial epoxy flooring coatings contractor in Portland, Oregon. Garage and basement floors can be treated with acid staining, and finished coatings providing a tough, durable protection of surface wear and tear.