Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Build Your Own Gym

Trying to chose those New Year's resolutions but don't have time to get to the gym? Consider a home gym. The equipment that you'll need will depend on the interests, fitness levels and goals of the people who will be using it. For good all-around fitness, a treadmill, stationary bike or elliptical trainer are top choices and can accommodate a range of fitness levels.

For strength training, a good set of free weights (i.e., dumbbells and resistance bands) can be stored easily and provide a vast selection of exercises. If you have more space (and more money), consider a weight machine. The number one rule here is that you get what you pay for. High-quality equipment that works reliably after several years of heavy use can't be manufactured cheaply.
Used equipment can be a smart option, as long as you know what to look for. The less risky option is to purchase from a dealer who can give you some kind of guarantee.
Now, the question is where to put your home gym. You'll need to consider space using the following criteria:

· no low ceilings, or obstacles that can be hit if lifting weights
· a secure, non-slip floor (also, avoid having weights in an upstairs room)
· good lighting and a fresh airflow
· organized and tidy electrical cables and pipes; a power supply for music or air conditioning · at least as much open space as equipment space.

A gym that's just steps away really cuts down on excuses and adds up to a fitter, healthier you! Your other alternative is to join me at the Bay Club Marin. I am usually there every morning and welcome the opportunity to show you around. There are some excellent instructors who will put you through the paces if you let them. The financial commitment keeps me honest.

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