While most fitness enthusiasts enjoy performing their workouts at commercial gyms and health clubs, there are many that prefer to do so in the privacy of their own home. And while there are certainly advantages and disadvantages to both scenarios, the very best place to train is the one that gets you to actually do it with consistency and focus—week in and week out.

If you decide to transform your basement, garage, or spare room into your own personal fitness center, it is vital to choose each piece of equipment carefully. Because most of us who choose to pump up at home are working with limited space (and budget) you must understand your needs and goals, and then seek to maximize every available inch. Consider that a well-rounded fitness program will require equipment that addresses resistance training, cardiovascular conditioning, and performance enhancement. Here are some ideas that should help set you in the right direction when looking to build your own, highly effective home gym.