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How to Design a Home Gym

It is easier to stay fit when you have your own exercise equipment right there in your home. You can visit your personal home gym any time you like, when it is most convenient, and you don’t have to worry about bad weather, travel time or holidays. A home gym is an investment in you.
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How to Design a Home Gym

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It is easier to stay fit when you have your own exercise equipment right there in your home. You can visit your personal home gym any time you like, when it is most convenient, and you don’t have to worry about bad weather, travel time or holidays. A home gym is an investment in you.

A well-designed home gym can mean the difference between working out every day and using the treadmill or elliptical as a coat rack. Without a plan for your exercise equipment, it is likely that it will sit there unused, day after day. 

When designing a home gym, start with the space. It should be a dedicated area, large enough to fit your workout equipment and any other elements you would like to include. A room that is private and away from the regular household traffic is best. Many homeowners choose to make use of a spare bedroom or a finished basement. Prepare the space with new paint, carpeting and electrical outlets, if needed. If your gym will be in a small space, adding mirrors will make the area seem larger and less claustrophobic. Seeing yourself reflected may have the added benefit of keeping you on your form, when lifting weights or running. 

Next, choose the equipment you love. If you are new to working out on exercise machines, try them out for a few days or weeks to learn which ones satisfy you. Take advantage of a temporary or trial gym membership that will allow you to try the different styles of workout machines. Make sure to test out everything from treadmills, ellipticals, arc machines and stair steppers, to bikes, weight machines, free weights and exercise bands. This will give you a good idea of the essential gym equipment that should be a part of your home gym.

Match up your favorite pieces of equipment with the space you have available. Some equipment can fold, but most ellipticals and treadmills will take up the equivalent space of a small couch. Don’t forget to measure your ceiling height as well, as some workout machines can sit tall. 

You will also need to consider your stride for certain machines. If you have a long stride or like to run, then you will need a longer deck on a treadmill. Some ellipticals offer adjustable stride lengths. Exercise bikes should have comfortable seats that can be adjusted as needed. Bikes come in two distinct types, upright and reclining. 

Consider the extra elements that will combine convenience and encouragement. You may want to mount a flat screen television in the room or add a good quality sound system. Additional fans, air conditioning or ventilation may be required, as well.  Artwork, and encouraging wall art, will keep the space light and positive. Don’t forget towels, disinfectant wipes, tissues, water bottles and other supplies that you can grab in a hurry when you just have a few minutes to work out before heading out the door. While it may not be completely necessary, a small shower in or near your home gym may be a convenience you will love. 

Because there are so many home design ideas in a gym design, many fitness advocates suggest hiring a custom gym designer to put it all together for you. If you can afford it, having a professional gym contractor do all the work may be a great idea. It is the fastest way to get a fully functional home gym that will make it fun to keep fit.

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