I don’t know about you, but I’m not a fan of going to the gym. To be honest, it’s not for the reasons you might be thinking! I’m someone that enjoys an active lifestyle. But, there are just many things that put me off going to the gym.
For example, equipment that is faulty but still gets used by gym members. Staff that seem to have poor training. And hygiene; some gyms are quite dirty and unhygienic! It’s for those reasons and more that you might want to create a CrossFit gym at home. Check out these pointers to help you get started:
Find a suitable room in your house
To get started, you need to identify a room in your home appropriate for a CrossFit gym! Most people end up using the garage because it’s the least used part of any house. Of course, you might wish to work out in more pleasant surroundings.
Whichever part of your house you choose, make sure it’s big enough for your needs. The last thing you want to do is select a room that could prove dangerous to your activities!
Clear out your new gym area
Next, you’ll need to turn your new gym location into an empty space. Get rid of any furniture and junk lying around so that you’ve got a blank canvas. Some people might even remove the carpet and install hardwood flooring instead. Of course, that’s an option rather than a necessity.
Can’t put your redundant items somewhere else? You’ve got two options here. The first is to box everything up and stack them in the corner of your new gym. The other is to find somewhere outside of your home to store them. Usually, there will be some place around your house where you can keep those items.
Make your gym safe
Before you buy the items you need, it’s crucial to make your working area safe. First, you should buy some stall mats like the ones used at commercial gyms. It just makes sense!
Next, think about spacing. Where will you install the equipment in your gym space? Too many items will clutter the area and make it dangerous. It’s better to be safe than sorry, as they say.
Buy other essential items
So, you’ve made sure your gym space is safe for you to use. But, what’s the point in having a home gym if you’ve got no equipment to use? When you set up a CrossFit gym, you need various items at your disposal.
You will need to buy essentials like:
- An Olympic barbell;
- Bumper plates;
- A power rack or pull-up bar; and
- Jump ropes.
There’s a whole raft of other items you can get. Make sure you think about the ones you’re likely to use the most.
Don’t work out alone
Last, but not least, you should never work out in your gym alone! The thing about commercial gyms is there are spotters and other gym users around. At home, you’ll need to ask a family member to be there with you.
If you live alone, all is not lost! You could invite a friend to train with you. Or you could hire a personal trainer. Whatever you do, don’t do it alone!