Building the Ultimate Home Gym
Gym rats and novices alike can enjoy the ease and privacy that a home gym provides.
To ensure you make the most of your personal exercise paradise, plan accordingly to integrate all the tools necessary to help it (and you!) function efficiently.
In terms of equipment, it’s important to have a wide variety of exercise options to challenge and strengthen your body. To get you started in the right direction, you’ll want some sort of combination of the following: cardio machines (treadmill, elliptical, rower, and/or stationary bike), dumbbells, resistance bands, medicine balls, a stability ball, a smith machine (or a barbell/weight plates), a jump rope, foam roller, pull up bar, cable machine, and a bench. Of course, if you know how you like to exercise and know which machinery you will and won’t use, stick to that! The joy of a home gym is that it is customized to your exact preferences.
However, equipment alone does not a home gym make. The space the equipment will reside in is just as important! Create an inviting space by integrating plenty of natural and artificial lighting, setting up an HVAC system to keep the gym at a pleasant temperature and humidity level, and choosing color palettes that make you happy. A gym that’s cold, dark, and musty is a lot less likely to get a good amount of use.
And let’s not overlook finishing touches! Audio/video systems can blast your favorite pump up music, play instructional exercise videos, or even provide a distraction for long cardio sessions. A stocked fridge is great for rehydrating and cooling down with some moist towels. Balance bars and full-length mirrors can create a barre/Pilates studio feel. And, of course, well-placed ceiling fans will help keep you cool with some pleasant air flow.
If the idea of a traditional home gym doesn’t sound your speed, remember that bonus spaces can be customized to reflect your precise tastes and preferences. Want an at home spin studio? A rock-climbing wall? An Olympic-grade deadlift platform? The options are endless! Seek out inspiration a la Pinterest or Houzz and start dreaming up a space that makes you happy.