If the thought of heading off to a gym and spending an hour sweating away with a collection of other, more dedicated gym goers, is not your idea of a good evening, then a home gym may be your best bet.
With gym equipment now on the market at budget prices, it’s easier than ever to grab the essentials and set up a mini gym in the comfort of your own home. However, some bigger pieces of equipment, mainly cardio machines, may take up a fair bit of room. For those that live in small apartments, or have limited floor or cupboard space, there are ways you can effectively store your equipment and still have space to live.
Storing small equipment
Dumbbells are usually the first bit of equipment to buy when creating your home gym. These days, various sports shops as well as online stores will sell varying weights of dumbbells for a relatively low price. The easiest way to store these is by investing in a dumbbell rack, these usually hold anywhere up to 10, maybe more, sets of dumbbells.
However even on a rack, these can take up a bit of room. You could use a shoe rack you’ve already got set up to store them, or try storing them vertically. There are many DIYs on the internet to help you come up with a space saving ways to keep your dumbbells on display but out of the way.
Mats are a little easier to store, as they can roll up and be placed in a corner or even under your bed. However, if you need that extra little bit of space, a multi-over the door towel rack can be the perfect storage solution.
Storing larger equipment
When it comes to storing larger, bulkier equipment like treadmills, rowing machines and exercise bikes, the best thing to do is buy a foldable machine. There are lots of different types of cardio equipment that can now be easily folded up and stored in a cupboard, under a sofa or under your bed.
A weight or ab bench is one of the cheapest, larger bits of equipment you can purchase, they are also usually easy to fold away. Much like the cardio equipment, try and invest in benches with removeable legs, so that you can store it flat. Benches like this can then be stored like an ironing board, in a cupboard or lain flat under a bed or sofa. If you can’t fold your bench away, you could use it as a piece of furniture by placing a sheet or throw over it and using it as a seat at the bottom of the bed or to one side of the living room.
Having your own home gym can help keep you motivated, especially if you feel a little self conscious when stepping into a larger gym. Not only does it give you a little more privacy, but it also gives you more flexibility and can even save you money on gym fees in the long run. If you need to make that extra little bit of space, you could look at putting some unused items or pieces of furniture into storage. Storebox storage solutions could help to make that extra bit of space you need to get your gym set up and you on your way to your fitness goals.