#Workout at #home!

2016-05-07 (18)Sarrah Khilawala speaks to experts about working out at home!

A growing trend nowadays is that of home gyms. Actors, models and even socialites with their crazy work schedules and erratic working hours are discovering that the best way to keep themselves fit is to workout at home and at their own convenience rather than wondering how to juggle work hours with exercise.

Home gyms are starting to become increasingly popular since they don’t occupy as much space and equipment as you’d think. According to celebrity fitness expert Eliyas Qureshi, “Home gyms are for people who have the space to accommodate the required equipment, money to shell out on the equipment and the dedication towards a workout regime.” They can be a little demanding on the pocket but the pros of having one are many.

India’s leading holistic health guru and trainer for the PFMI pageant, Mickey Mehta says, “Exclusivity, convenience and extreme privacy are indeed the pros of having a home gym.” And since privacy is all that celebs vouch for these days, home gyms ensure that they workout in peace within the confines of their home.

Celebs also don’t want to miss out on spending quality time with their better halves and what better way than working out together at their own home gym. However, one needs to give a lot of attention while designing a home gym. “Since it is a reflection of one’s character and personality, it can be as lavish or basic as you want depending on the space and requirement. For example, Anil Ambani is a fitness enthusiast and his gym has equipment that suits the different muscles of his body. Rajshri Birla on the other hand focuses purely on basic fitness and has the necessary equipment to match her requirements,” says Mickey.

A home gym should also be as cost effective as possible says Ketan Ashar, CEO and Technical Director, Qi Lifecare. “The capital investment initially is higher as a lot of money gets blocked in equipment but the long term prospects of a home gym are higher. You can start your gym with as little as Rs 10,000 and exceed depending on an your requirement,” he says.

Master trainer Vinata Shetty says that the cost efficiency home gyms provide is extremely high and convenient as well if a lot of family members use it. “It provides optimum utility for space and money then,” she says.

Equipment in a home gym is very important — you need to carefully pick up machines that will match your space. Treadmills, a multipurpose bench, squat track, swiss balls, yoga mats, a multigym and bicycle are some of the must-haves in home gyms.

Spending time planning the set up is an absolute must, say all experts. Other things to keep in mind include space, ventilation, comfortable flooring, music systems, mirrors, washrooms and a personal trainer (if required) if you plan on having a home gym.

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