Gyms and Fitness Clubs

Purchasing a Home Gym: Preface


You may decide to purchase a home gym for many different reasons.

Some people say that it's convenient to work out in their home. You don't have to worry about driving to the local health club. If the weather is bad, who cares, you don't have to leave home to work out.

For some it's a matter of self-consciousness. They would rather jump off a tall building than be seen in a health club.

Many times parents of small children don't want to go through the hassle of finding a babysitter while they work out, or they just don't want to pay for one. By having a home gym this eliminates the hassle.

People who spend a lot of time working find it hard to leave the office for exercise. As a result, they consider a home gym.

Finally, there are people who can get to the health club; however, don't feel like waiting in line for a machine or paying recurring membership dues.

Do any of these reasons sound familiar? If you answered "yes," I'll give you some guidelines to think about when purchasing a home gym. Keep in mind, however, having a home gym is great only if you are motivated to use it.

I've heard many stories of people who now belong to health clubs because they couldn't motivate themselves to get off the couch or out of bed to start exercising. Then you know what happens next. Their nice, expensive home gym becomes a haven for household spiders and their webs. Or maybe they don't want the gym to completely go to waste so it gets used as a clothes rack. Any clothes racks in your basement?

If you are confident this won't happen to you, then read on.

I've identified four factors you need to think about before purchasing home gym equipment.

Let's take a look at each one individually.