Many people have gym memberships in order to get and stay in shape. While the gym offers many benefits, such as fitness classes, a wide range of equipment, locker rooms, showers and sometimes hot tubs and saunas, finding time to go to the gym is not always possible. It takes time to get to the gym, get ready at the gym, wait for equipment to be available and finally drive home from the gym. Another downside of a gym membership is that the cost can be fairly high, sometimes hundreds of dollars a month, on top of sign up fees. These can be even more costly if you do not use the gym membership as often as you should because the cost is going to nothing.

    A good alternative to a gym is working out at home. If you have the extra room in your house you can set up a home gym. There are many way one can set up a home gym. There are total body workout machines that can be purchased at sporting good stores that use rubber bands for resistance that are adjustable. You can simply get a weight bench with free weights, and also a lot of people choose to workout at home with fitness DVDS that only require little weights or simply just your body weight as resistance.

    When setting up your home gym space must be considered. There is a good chance you will not have as much room for your workout equipment as a gym so you must be mindful of this. When purchasing big workout equipment for your house it would be a good idea to measure the room in which you will be using to make sure you will have enough space for the equipment. Some equipment even allows you to fold them up and store them in places such as a close or even under a bed. If you choose to use things such as dumbbells or medicine balls, buying a rack to keep them neat and organized would also be a smart idea as this would give you more space because they would be out of the way when you are not using them. You can use things such as a door frame pull up bar that can easily be stored away when not in use as well.

    Working out at home can save you time and money, just be sure to set it up so you can maximize space.

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