Whether you are tired of the people speaking loudly on their phones at the gym, or the ones who leave the weights on the ground and never clean up after, or how busy the gym is during rush hours and how difficult it is for you to get a good workout since you need to work in with others as well, building a gym might be the best choice for you. This guide should help you when it comes to picking equipment and a good room for it.
Based on your area, there are certain places that do have a lot of space, such as the apartments for rent in West Hartford CT.
First of all, you must remember the fact that you are living in an apartment, which means that the space is limited. The best choice would be to use the living room or at least the biggest room. If you’d live in a house, you’d pick a garage.
Use the apartment finder services to make sure whether the apartment you’re going to rent or buy has a free gym in the basement.
The basic items you will need are barbells, weights, a few dumbbells, a squat rack, a bench press and a lifting belt (which is optional). Based on how strong you currently are and how much you’re going to progress in strength during the next few months, you should know which weights to choose better than I do. Most of these items should cost at least a thousand dollars, but eventually you’ll get your money back since you won’t have to spend anything on the gas or the gym memberships. Or you can always spend a lot less if your building has free gym entrance. For instance, some Hartford apartments do have such amenities.
The bench press and the squat rack need to be both in the middle of the room since you need a lot of space for them. Try to make sure you have a sturdy floor, since you will be dropping weights, especially while deadlifting.
Also, the biggest danger while lifting inside your house is the fact that you are alone. Take all the safety precautions: either get a spotter or develop your bailing technique. This means that you need to know how to throw the barbell while squatting (if you fail a heavy squat) and also learn the ‘roll of shame’ while bench pressing, which is infinitely better than dropping the barbell on your head.
If you want to try Olympic weightlifting, remember the fact that you’re living in an apartment. But as long as you have space and a sturdy floor, there is no reason not to do those exercises as long as you know how to.
You don’t have to go to the gym if you want to get fit. A home gym is always better as long as you have the money for it.