Are you thinking about designing your own gym at home? Maybe you want a private space to keep in shape or the long travel time and expensive membership fee is a drag. In this article I highlight all the aspects you need to consider when designing a home gym.
The very first thing you need to consider is space. You need to decide what equipment you want and how much space you will require. Is it possible to pack the gym equipment away after use or would you prefer to leave it in the same place?
Building a gym in your garage or basement sounds like a good idea, however you need to consider lighting. If you are a person that loves natural light, the basement and garage are not going to be the best place to build your gym.
The space you choose needs to be a place you enjoy going or you run the risk of creating a room that is avoided. A room with a fantastic view, enjoyable art or motivational images can make a huge difference.
Room ventilation is also another thing to consider because you want to avoid lingering smells, and a controlled environment is much better for working out.
Now that you have a space you need to get it equipped. The two main factors when it comes to gym equipment are cost and space. You also need to think about your end goal — what workouts are you going to be doing?
For example, if you are planning on a routine built around cardiovascular exercise, a treadmill, elliptical or a bike would be a good investment. If you are planning on using the space for dance workouts, then installing a TV and sound system are better investments.
Once you have a list of equipment to be installed you also need to think about the power usage. A lot of gym equipment requires power, so it’s important to ensure you have enough sockets around the room.
If you are planning to incorporate strength training into your routine you will require a gym system that has a rack with different size weights. This system won’t require any power, but it will take up a large piece of space.
Consider a place to store workout shoes and clothing, as these tend to smell after weeks of use. Mixing your workout clothing and regular clothing is never a good idea. A simple solution would be a storage closet in the gym room.
Most home gyms also include a range of smaller accessories including power resistance bands, skipping ropes, power balls, dumbbells and medicine balls, for example.
These smaller items are a great space saver — they can be easily moved around the room and stored in convenient spots. You can also increase the range and variation of exercises with little expense.
My final piece of advice is to incorporate entertainment into your new home gym. A TV, tablet and MP3 player will make your workout space a place you enjoy visiting.