Home gyms are fast becoming healthy living trends after the COVID-19 pandemic and the improved awareness on healthy living.
Sometimes, the most effective workouts can be done at home—whether you’re working out to lose weight, relieve the day's stress to help you get a night of restful sleep, or avoid the extra cost of a gym membership.
If you’re looking for the best home gym ideas that can help you meet your workout goal(s) on time, continue reading this article until the end.
Here, we shall be taking you through some crucial things to consider when creating a home gym and creative ideas to help you achieve your short-term workout goals.
The space available in your home determines the type and volume of workout equipment you should get for your home gym. Also, you need to choose the ideal spot to convert into a gym.
For a story building, the best place may be on the down floor; however, the upper floor may equally be ideal to avoid distractions.
You need to consider your goals to determine the type of equipment to install in your home gym. However, you don’t need to have all the equipment available in a regular gym.
For example, if cardio exercises are most important to achieving your goal, then go ahead and invest more in cardio equipment like a treadmill, elliptical, stationary bike, and similar workout equipment.
Similarly, if weight lifting appeals to you the most, then invest in a workbench, dumbbells, kettlebells, and so on.
If you are on a budget, you can buy some fairly used equipment at a reasonable price to save costs.
Choose an extra bedroom, your garage, attic, loft, or shed. However, it is safe and best to use a space on the lower floor of your home. Using an extra bedroom is a perfect choice because it guarantees privacy and a distraction-free workout routine.
But an attic space may be advisable for light-free weight and core-focused equipment that does not require high-intensity noise.
In addition, remodeling your garage into a home gym gives you the benefit of a sturdy floor to withstand all the stomps from jumping jacks and similar hard impact aerobic workouts. A garage also guarantees wide space, electrical outlets, and a good fit for cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical, and stationary bikes.
It is equally advisable to consider temperature control and noise reduction measures when using an attic, basement, or garage.
Workout is more fun when you exercise while watching your favorite workout video. Likewise, installing a sound system by fixing speakers in the visible corners of the room will give the room a very serene ambiance and provide maximum comfort while you work out.
You can also get an affordable Bluetooth speaker or try out some hands-free devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home.
Apart from aesthetics, having a TV in your home gym enables you to use instructor-led workout classes available online, in the form of streaming classes or pre-recorded workouts.
You can also join online groups for motivation and advice sharing, which may require joint Zoom workout sessions. Hence, a big TV screen allows you to follow your online workout sessions without distraction.
Your home gym should reflect your style in terms of colors and ambiance. You can use murals, canvas, and paintings to provide motivation and give your workout space some warmth and appealing look.
You can also use wall mirrors to create an airy feel to the gym. Equally, watching yourself while working out can serve as the much-needed motivation for exercising. Using floor mirrors in small spaces gives off a look suggestive of wider floor space.
In addition, installing a beautiful and affordable chandelier will give a very posh and inviting look to your home gym.
Arranging your gym equipment on wall storage such as a wall cabinet or any vertical arrangement will help to keep your home gym space airy, spacious, and clutter-free, especially when there is little floor space.
Equipment like dumbbell sets, squat balls, and similar items can be stacked neatly on the wall storage to create a neat and attractive look. It will also help you gain easy access to your equipment.
Use a whiteboard to design your workout routines or programs. It will help you keep track of your goals, exercise routines, and achievements visually.
The whiteboard will also help you to stay organized and motivated. Physically ticking off items on your ‘to-do list’ from your board is one of the best ways to keep you motivated in reaching your workout goals on time.
A Yoga mat, for instance, can serve purposes other than Yoga exercises; it can serve as a good place to carry out bodyweight exercises like stretching and core work while providing a good surface for strength training.
Also, instead of getting various equipment for different cardio exercises, use a single piece of equipment to achieve your goal.
For example, use core sliders or gliding discs for planks and core exercise routines; equally use them for your plank jacks, side lunges, mountain climbers, speed skaters, and push-ups.
Consider using exercise foam mats and tiles to cover a reasonable portion of your workout area. It will cushion the effect of the different motions during workouts while providing a soft spot to land when carrying out heavy impact exercises such as jumping jacks or burpees.
You can also use a foam underlay as an alternative for artificial grass turf.
Explore fun items such as a row machine, basketball post, climbing wall, speed bag, and jump rope apart from the heavy workout equipment, to provide a productive distraction between workouts.
These pieces of equipment may not cost much or take up much room in your home gym space.
Ceiling fans, wall fans, or rotating fans can help create a stylish and relaxed atmosphere in your home gym.
If the gym is a refurbished attic, garage, or basement, which typically has restricted airflow, installing fans will allow for improved air supply as you work out. It will also save you the expense of installing an air conditioner, which is a more expensive option.
Get advice from a personal trainer on the best resources and equipment available to help you achieve your workout goals.
An expert is in a better position to effectively consider the space available in your home gym, your budget, and your goals when choosing equipment. You may find that you don’t require a commercial-grade product or material in choosing the best workout equipment with an expert.
In the same vein, expert advice will help you be clear about your workout routines and keep you on track.
The floor of your home gym will require some fortification due to the intensity of the workout. For instance, the constant dunking, banging, and shuffling of workout equipment on the floor will result in easy wear and tear of the flooring.
So, get some attractive and colorful rubber flooring or some artificial grass turf to protect the floor and increase its aesthetic appeal.
If you have minimal space, use a curtain room divider to create a special area to serve as your home gym. Then, add a carpet and an overhead storage space for your workout equipment. With this, you'll have a sizable home gym that's convenient enough to help you meet your workout goals.
Going to the gym is not the only way to have a great workout routine or reach your fitness goals. Also, a large or small space in your home is not a barrier to having a nice home gym. From the creative ideas discussed in this article, you can conveniently convert the available space in your home into a gym.
Creating a gym at home gives you some privacy and the same appeal and ambiance as a commercial gym. Additionally, it saves you the hassle and financial commitment of using a public or commercial gym.