If you’re considering creating a home gym, remember it should have a balance of equipment that meets your needs and traditional health club staples. Here are three essentials to keep in mind as you create your personal fitness space:

Open space

While it’s important to fill your home gym with as much useful equipment as possible, you should still maintain an adequate amount of open space. Open space allows you to move freely within your home gym, which increases its functionality and lowers the risk of injury.

Build your home gym in a garage or basement, as opposed to a spare bedroom.

Multi-exercise cable machines

To maximize the effectiveness of your equipment, select fitness equipment that serves more than one purpose.

Multi-exercise cable machines allow you to complete a total body workout using one machine. The interchangeable handles and adjustable cable height allow for a customized workout.

Many of the higher-end cable machines can be very expensive. Look for previously owned cable machines to secure maximum quality and functionality at a fraction of the cost.

Storage area

Any avid gym user knows that the minute fitness accessories are just as important as the larger pieces of equipment. So it’s essential to designate a space to store all of your belts, pads, handles, wraps and bands.

That will maximize the organization of your home fitness facility.

You can build a storage closet for such accessories. Another less involved option is purchasing a storage locker from your local hardware store.

Brittany Baldwin is a certified personal trainer with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Creighton University. She writes regularly for livewellnebraska.com.

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