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Tips for Organizing Your Home Fitness Gym
by Scott Gray

No matter whether your home fitness gym is in the basement, shed, or garage, organization will save you floor space and improve safety. An uncluttered workout space is important. There are many space saving accessories and gadgets you can install to clean up your home gym.

Shelving units are great for keeping all the clutter off the floor. These are easily purchased ready made, or if you are a DIY person, you can easily make a set in a weekend. Think about the weight load your shelves will need to take before purchasing, and the width of the objects that you will be placing on them. Once you have your shelves up you will be amazed at how less cluttered your surrounding floor is and how much you have to put on the shelves.

If your home gym is in a separate room to your TV place your shelving near an electrical point so that you can plug in your radio. Leave a space on or near the shelves for your own workout TV.

Weight storage. There are a few different types of storage systems for your weights. Some are a little more space saving than others. If you have small children around your home gym, you should take extra care to ensure that their little fingers cannot get squished between the weights or plates when you are not around.

* Plate trees don't take up much floor space and will provide you with weights at varying heights off the ground. When purchasing a plate tree it is probably a better idea to get one with 1 inch pegs as opposed to the 2 inch, as everything will universally fit on 1 inch.

* Dumbbell racks are a great way to get all those fixed dumbbells off the floor. These come in a few styles and it is important that you get one that is capable of holding the weight you need it to. Dumbbell racks can come as trees or open racks. Care should be taken with the tree style to not catch your skin in them when lifting the dumbbells in and out.

* Select-Tech or PowerBlock Dumbells can be a great alternative for the home gym enthusiast who is space challenged. One set of dumbbells will replace 30 separate barbells. You will have a weight range from 5 to 90 pounds per dumbbell. These take up almost no space at all and could easily be stored on a heavy duty shelf when not in use. This brand of dumbbells also incorporates some great safety gadgets as well.

* Stationary Exercise Bikes are a great piece of equipment to have in the home gym that doesn't take up too much floor space. Exercise bikes will allow you to burn up the calories and improve your cardiac fitness. Upright exercise bikes take up a little less floor space than the recumbent bikes, however the recumbents are better for the lower back. Life Fitness recumbent exercise bikes are one of the best bikes on the market. These quality bikes have easy step through frames, plenty of features and programs, many have holders for your water bottle and reading material and will last for years. Whether or not you will have rowing machines, treadmills, stair climbers and cross country skiers will depend on how big your wallet and floor space are.

A good basic home gym will have a weight and an aerobic component. For the totally space deficient person a set of Select-tech dumbells and an exercise bike will more than adequately do the trick. An exercise bike that has magnetic resistance is a great option as it will be a smoother and quieter ride, and will offer plenty of programs and pedaling resistance options.

Clean up and reorganize your home fitness gym and you just might find enough floor space for another piece of equipment. At the very least, you will not be encountering an obstacle race every time you try and workout.

Scott Gray is currently a fitness enthusiast and freelance writer who enjoys providing health and fitness tips to consumers. He maintains a fitness tips informational web site where you can find information about getting in shape, losing weight and how to live a healthy life style.

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