Any workout plays an important role in a healthy lifestyle. People go to the gym for many reasons. Some may be trying to lose weight while others are looking to build muscle mass. Whether you want to turn your basement into a home gym or have decided to open your own small workout facility, you must have a plan in place for not only the type of equipment but also the best first aid supplies to have on hand.
If you have decided to turn your basement into a home gym the equipment would include you and your family’s areas of interest. Depending on the amount of space and money you want to invest, you can create a facility that covers both a cardio and strength training workout. This can include a treadmill, bicycle, an adjustable bench with bars to secure weights, a yoga ball and mats. You can also add an elliptical or rowing machine.
It is also important to remember to put an emphasis on safety first when purchasing any piece of equipment. Since you and your family will be working out without the assistance of a trainer or spotter, the latter is highly recommended, especially when lifting weights. Most machinery comes with added features that you can use in the event of an emergency. For instance, you can acquire a set of safety pins for your weights while working out to prevent a serious injury. In addition, work up to a level instead of starting an exercise routine designed for a professional.
If you are opening a small gym to the public you will need to decide what your main attraction will be. You can design a gym with simply bikes, elliptical and treadmills for a cardio workout or specialize in weight training. It would work much the same as a home gym setup except for the fact that you would definitely want to go high-end on the equipment. The reason for this is obvious, the machines will be in use often and a mediocre set up isn’t going to stand up to constant abuse. You would need to triple the size of your inventory to accommodate a full house. In addition, you would need to have a trainer and spotter or two, both present and experienced.
There are also several different types of common flooring available for use in commercial facilities. They help to reduce the impact of the weight on the foundation and provide additional safety for patrons. Depending on your plans you can use a synthetic floor that absorbs wear and tear, rubberized overlays or carpeting tiles. You will also need to have a fire extinguisher and large first aid kit.
Whether you decide to create a home gym or open your own facility to the public, having the resources and a precise plan in place is key. When working out from home try not to tackle a new weight limit without having a qualified family or friend present. With a public facility, it’s important to limit your purchases to high-quality equipment and also have a staff that has sufficient training.