How To Design the Perfect Home Gym
If you’re looking to design and build the perfect home gym then there are a number of factors that you should consider before making the financial commitment that will ensure your enterprise is a success and leads to a healthier and fitter you!
Gym equipment can be costly depending on the brand you select, the type of equipment you choose and the amount of individual pieces you want. Having a predetermined budget set aside to spend on your project will make the whole enterprise easier to manage and give you a limit to your gym spending. By and large, unless you are having major structural work done to accommodate the gym (extension, basement dug out etc) the majority of your spend will be on gym equipment so make sure this allocation is sizeable to account for the larger pieces of equipment that you may want such as a treadmill, rower, cross trainer, power rack etc.
As a general rule most home gyms are best suited to the lower floors, basements etc or if you have the space and the budget, outside annexes. Although there won’t be the natural light that you get on higher floors (unless you’re annexing) you won’t need to worry too much about reinforcing the floors or soundproofing so as not to disturb the neighbours when you’re making your way through your gym programme at home (it’s not just for show!). Keeping the gym well away from other rooms in the house (if possible) is also a good strategy as if it’s too close to the living room there will always be the temptation to switch on the television and sit back on the sofa (plenty of time for that after your workout). Having a dedicated training place well away from other homely distractions always makes sense.
• Gym Flooring
If you’re truly keen to set up a mini version of your local commercial gym in your home (and you have the space and resources to do it) then it is important to have a good, durable, preferably non-marking flooring that will absorb sound and be of the non-slip variety. Not all home gyms need to have specialist flooring (wooden floors will do an equally fine job as long as you have protective matting for areas set aside for free weights) and flooring manufacturers have cottoned on to the fact that home gyms must be stylish and welcoming as well as functional, therefore they have developed flooring styles and colours to suit all tastes. However, if you intend to have part of the gym set aside for free weights then it’s important to have that part of the room well-protected and if using heavy dumbbells and barbells, reinforced.
• Gym Equipment
Home gyms can be ideal places to workout in if the fitness equipment is well-made, robust and uncomplicated. Whilst there is an array of home gym equipment on the market with a wide variety of brands making every type of machine imaginable it is important to be careful to choose wisely and for the long term. Some manufacturers home equipment ranges are not designed for repeated heavy usage and oftentimes the mechanics and feel of these ‘home gym machines’ is not ideal. This is particularly relevant when choosing cardiovascular equipment (treadmills, bikes, cross trainers etc). Most of the big, well-known gym equipment suppliers offer home gym and commercial fitness equipment options. Whilst their home models are more than adequate the latter are designed for heavy usage in commercial health clubs and it is sometimes worth paying the little extra for a commercial grade machine as it will last longer, have a longer warranty and be less prone to breakdown. The little extra spend can save a lot of bother down the track.
When deciding where to set up your home gym be realistic about how easy it will be to install the equipment and how easy it will be to remove should you decide to move home. Most manufacturers will deliver equipment in several components but even then consider the width of doorways, angle of turns and ease of removal if you decide to relocate the gym in another area of the house.
• Gym Mirrors
Well-placed mirrors in any room give it a sense of space and in a gym when using free-weights they are invaluable for checking exercise technique. When deciding where to install the mirrors think of positioning them in such a way that you can see yourself from several angles, preferably one to the side and another to the front. This way you can check your form, especially the position of your spine when using free weights and also admire all the progress you’ve made! If you don’t have a personal trainer to check your form then having well-placed mirrors will enable you to ensure you are performing every exercise with perfect form.
Perfect planning means perfect execution (well, in most cases) so before splashing out on several pieces of gym equipment it makes great sense to have some idea of where everything is going to be positioned in your gym. Many gym suppliers now provide free, easy-to-use software that allows you to position your equipment so you can see where everything will go when in it arrives. This will help you decide on what and exactly how much equipment you can comfortably fit in your space. Most gym suppliers also provide full dimensions of all their equipment so it makes it easy to plan your home gym design layout until you find a layout that works, and it also gives you prior warning if something is not going to fit in the space if you want to upgrade or replace. Another important factor is to plan (if required) where power sockets will be located as the last thing you want is long cabling traversing the gym causing a health and safety hazard because you forgot to make provision for power sockets. Good planning and 2D layouts will eradicate this pitfall and may just prevent you having to take up expensive flooring after it has been laid.
The above list of considerations is not an exhaustive list, but we hope it provides an initial basis upon which to start planning and designing your home gym. A well-planned, tailor made home gym with easy-to-use equipment will often be the determining factor on how frequently used the space will be, so it’s important to plan ahead. Other features such as colour scheme, audio-visual provision, lighting etc all play a part in making a gym space motivational and a place you want to work out in. Anything can help make the space more inviting, even inspirational pictures and motivational messages (if you really want to go for it) will all help provide the right atmosphere and suitable environment to ensure you make your home gym a place you’ll enjoy using to achieve long lasting health and vitality.
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