Updated September 2017
Fitness has become an indispensable part in most Americans’ lives. Many people prefer to engage in physical exercise in their own homes. It is important to dedicate a separate space in the home for sports and fitness activities. But it is equally important to understand the cost of installation of the equipment needed to create a home gym.
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- Indoor Fitness
- Outdoor Fitness
- Hiring a Pro
If you are dedicated to fitness, you can save a lot by having your own home gym. If we compare the money you pay for a gym membership every year with the money you have to pay to set up a gym, the savings are evident. Gym goers spend an average of $800 per year on gym membership fees. Setting up a home gym with high end equipment costs an average of $5,000 total, including the price of the equipment.
A standard home gym includes a:
- Exercise Bike
- Rowing Machine
- Weight Bench
This equipment is enough to give you a total body workout. Weight bench workouts give you muscle strength while a rowing machine helps flexibility and cardio endurance. Furthermore, a treadmill, exercise bike, and elliptical will help you with cardio and fat burning.
For the common equipment mentioned above, the assembly cost ranges between $85-$95. The time it requires to install each of these machines averages at about 2 hours each.
Most of this equipment doesn’t arrive fully assembled when purchased online or at a store. When the products arrive, you can set up an appointment with an assembling contractor who will come to your house to complete the task. After you have identified your gym room or space, the assemblers will do the following:
- Mark spaces in the room for the different equipment.
- Assemble the equipment.
- Test the equipment before direct use to make sure everything works.
For those of you who want more variations or don’t want to be restricted to the four walls of a home gym, backyard sports is the answer. Engaging in outdoor sports is the best way to get your kids involved in physical activities. You can also use your outside fitness space to bond with family and friends in team activities.
Setting up a backyard space or court can be an easy way to practice and pursue your favorite sport. The following are the most commonly assembled backyard sports equipment.
- Basketball hoop
- Tennis Net
- Volleyball Net
- Badminton Net
- Lacrosse Goal Post
- Soccer Goal Post
Proper installation of the above-mentioned items can be more complicated and time-consuming than installing indoor gym equipment. If you are not an experienced DIYer or experienced in the rules of the sport, it is better to leave the installation to the pros.
|Lacrosse/Soccer Goal Posts
|$700 – $800
Fitness equipment is often extremely heavy. The sheer weight of the pieces themselves often require additional hands for installation and setup. Some equipment can have a lot of components and if you do not understand where each one goes, you could damage the expensive gear if you choose to build on your own. When it comes to hoops, nets, and goalposts, installation requires an experienced professional to ensure its structural strength isn’t compromised. For these reasons, it is always better to get a professional to help with installation.