Home gyms have changed a lot over the years but now, more than ever, they’ve become important. They are less expensive in the long run, more convenient, and eliminate the need to the commute to the gym.
The pandemic changed the way we see exercise. In the height of COVID-19, gyms and health clubs closed. Those who wanted to exercise had two choices: stop exercising or figure out how to do it at home. This is tricky, as most didn’t feel they had the space for a home gym. With careful planning and a little creativity, it is possible!
When planning a home gym, you may already have the space in a spare room, basement, or garage. For many, this extra space may not be usable so you need to get creative, making your space more efficient and functional. If you want a home gym, you DO have the space!
Let’s walk through the planning. The first decision is where in your home the gym will be and how much space it will take up. Take a look at your current equipment as well as the equipment you may want to purchase. Most home gyms have some sort of cardio equipment: a bike, treadmill or elliptical. If this is you, be sure you have the correct square footage available – and don’t forget to check your ceiling height to make sure it all fits properly.
Now, let’s look at all the other equipment you might have. This could be dumbbells, kettlebells, matts, foam rollers, and so much more. You’ll need to figure out how to store these items and still make them easy to use and put away. If you have a compact space, you may need to look at storage options that are off the floor. Hanging things on the wall will allow you to free up your floor so you have the space to use the equipment. We recommend one or two walls be dedicated to hanging these types of items!
As you plan everything out, don’t forget to account for odd or hard to store items. One such item: the stability ball. It is large, rounds, and always in the way, yet every gym has one! When planning your wall space be sure to have a storage solution that can hold the ball on the wall.
One thing we always want to remind homeowners about is safety. Gyms have heavy, round/rolling type items that can cause injury. Be sure to select an organizing system that can hold the weight, safely keep your items off the floor, and from falling off the wall. This will keep you and your family safe.
Once you have installed your gym, put your equipment in its place and don’t forget the final details. Have a place for towels, cleaning products to wipe down your equipment, and a hamper for dirty towels. Just because your gym is at home doesn’t mean it can have the same luxuries as the club you used to go to!
Making your home gym should be fun, and don’t forget to personalize it to keep you motivated to use it. With such an easy commute, there should be no reason not to!