We are well into the coronavirus pandemic, and although some gyms and fitness classes are open around the Seattle area, many people are also looking into how they can stay fit at home. Especially as we get deeper into fall.
Hunter Hazen, owner of Giant Lifting, a fitness equipment store in Bonney Lake, said he’s “seen a significant influx in the demand for fitness equipment from both new and existing customers, since the start of the pandemic.”
If you’re trying to build an at-home gym, or just get some sort of fitness routine together, here are some tips from Hazen and Laura Su, a Seattle-based personal trainer and nutrition coach.
Assess your space
Are you living in a studio apartment? Do you have an empty office? Do you have a whole basement or garage you can work out in? Figuring out how much space you have will partially determine what kinds of workouts you can do and what equipment you should invest in. Naturally, the more space you have, the more variety you can add to your fitness routine, although you can still get a solid workout in a limited area.
If you are using weights, consider buying some rubber mat floor coverings. Not only will this protect your floors, Su says, but it can protect your equipment from getting chipped or damaged.
Additionally, consider your surroundings. If you live in an apartment, keep your neighbors in mind when choosing your workout times. This isn’t to say you can’t work out, but no one likes to hear their upstairs neighbor blasting music and doing burpees at 5 a.m.
Invest in some equipment
After deciding how much space you have, determine what equipment you want to add to your home gym. Su recommends acquiring resistance bands and free weights, which are both versatile and compact; they’ll fit in your home no matter your space restrictions.
Hazen also recommends starting with smaller, basic equipment that you can use for different kinds of exercises.
“For someone on a tight budget, we recommend getting some kettlebells,” said Hazen. “They are extremely versatile and there are a plethora of free full-body workouts available online.”
If you do have a whole basement or garage you can build a gym in, Hazen recommends getting a “power-rack, barbell and bumper plates, and an adjustable or flat bench.”
Treadmills, stationary bikes and ellipticals are good equipment for cardio workouts and easy to learn how to use effectively. Although Su notes that they really only allow you to do one exercise on them, so if you’re on a tighter budget, it might be more worthwhile to invest in more versatile equipment.
Before you buy anything, do some quick research about reasonable pricing. Hazen says that an increase in demand has