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How to Create the Perfect Home Gym

There are more than 7,000 gyms in the UK and the total membership is almost ten million people. Now, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, the £5 billion industry has had to close down indefinitely.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new measures, on Friday 20th March, to stop the spread of the virus, which included telling gyms, leisure centres, restaurants, cafes, clubs, pubs, theatres and cinemas to close their doors with immediate effect. The PM is ramping up the measures in light of people ignoring the government's advice to stay away voluntarily. The businesses were told they must close from 21st March until advised otherwise.

Home gym

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With one in seven people in the UK being a gym member, this will leave a lot of people wondering how they are going to keep fit - although everyone appreciates the importance of slowing down the spread of coronavirus. It's likely that more people will now be thinking about creating a home gym.

Before you begin, a word of advice: there's no need to purchase the most expensive fitness equipment. How many relics of the gym industry are currently tucked away in your attic or garage, gathering dust? Don't fall victim to the latest fads when planning your home gym. Be practical, rather than just following a trend.


What are the benefits of a home gym?

People aged 18 to 65 spend an average of £133 a month on health and fitness, according to a survey by My Protein. This figure includes gym membership fees, fitness clothing and accessories, supplements, healthy meal plans and personal trainers.

When you're working out at home, you can save a fortune. Apart from no gym membership fees, you can wear what you like, as no-one is going to see you. Rather than having a personal trainer, look online for training and nutrition advice free of charge. You'll also save travel costs if you're not going to the gym every day.


How much space do you have?

The first priority is working out where your gym is going to be situated. If you're lucky, you may have a garage that isn't in regular use. If not, do you have a spare room, a utility room, or even a corner of your bedroom, where you can install some basic equipment? Don't make the excuse you don't have enough room, as even the most compact home has space for a few pieces of equipment, especially if you buy portable or folding gear.


What do you need to get started?

There are a few key pieces of training equipment that will get you started, whether you want to lose weight, add muscle, or simply keep fit. Most experts suggest the following: squat rack with pull-up bar, Olympic barbell, weight plates, flat bench and jump rope.

The squat rack is one of the most-used pieces of home gym equipment. You can squat, do pull-ups and do other exercises, while adding various attachments over time when your bank account allows. It pays, in the long run, to invest in a good-quality squat rack, as it needs to endure a lot of use.

The barbell should also be a high-quality item. There are big differences in the quality and durability of a top-of-the-range Olympic barbell and a cheap steel rod! A barbell needs to survive anything you can throw at it and still last for years.

Weight plates to hang on your barbell come in many sizes and materials. The best ones are the iron Olympic plates, which you can usually pick up second-hand through eBay, Gumtree or Facebook Marketplace.

Many people associate a flat bench with the bench press. However, it can be used creatively to become a versatile piece of apparatus. Use your flat bench for box jumps, box squats, split squats and more. The bench should be about 17 inches from the ground, providing a solid platform, with a firm foam pad.

Getting a skipping rope may sound a bit odd to people who haven't used one since school, but it's a cheap way of improving your coordination and conditioning your body. The simple rope-jump is up there with running and sprinting as a great way of warming up and increasing your endurance and stamina.

If you have more space or money, as well as the basics, you can progress to more expensive items like treadmills, exercise bikes, rowing machines and cross-trainers.


Which celebrities have a home gym?

As well as many celebrities having their own jaw-dropping home gyms, they are posting workouts on their social media accounts and inviting followers to join in. Fashion designer Victoria Beckham spends two hours a day working out in her own fitness studio.

The well-equipped gym is located at the London mansion owned by Victoria and her husband David. Victoria has said she spends an hour on the treadmill every morning, followed by various toning exercises. The gym also contains a selection of cardiovascular equipment, while there's provision for their daughter, Harper, to practice her ballet.

Fitness fan Khloe Kardashian gave the media a tour of her gym which includes a treadmill, free weights and Bosu balance balls. The star of Keeping Up with the Kardashians has her own fitness wardrobe, filled with a range of colour co-ordinated sports clothes that she wears in her own gym.

Kim Kardashian West has always been famous for her toned body and tiny waist. The mother-of-three keeps in shape through a tough workout in her home gym. Personal trainer, Melissa Alcantara, helps with motivation and strength training.

Kim completes a workout for a different body area each day, with core engagement incorporated into just about every move. She works out six days a week, always early in the morning and sometimes several times a day.


What are the benefits of rubber matting?

When you're working out at home, it's important to have a safe environment. This includes a non-slip floor covering, such as rubber gym or studio matting.

Beneficial for all types of training, including Pilates, Yoga, cross-fit sessions and high-intensity training, gym mats are durable and resilient, improving safety within a workout environment. For further information on rubber gym matting, email info@coruba.co.uk or give us a call on 01702 560194.

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