Today we are going to take a look at some home gym design ideas. A home gym can be anything from a few simple pieces of equipment to an elaborate set up to rival commercial gym. We’ll look at factors like your budget, size and shape of your home, your training and fitness goals and the best way achieve them.
There are 3 aspects of fitness training; aerobic fitness, strength and conditioning and flexibly. Deciding which aspects of your fitness that you want to work on at home will help you choose the best equipment to help you achieve those goals.
Example 1: If you are going to do your cardio outside, walking, running swimming etc, then you would choose equipment to work on your strength and flexibly at home.
Example 2: If you plan on training all aspect of you training and fitness program at home, you would choose a cross section of equipment to cover all the aspects.
Example 3: If you’re building a home gym for the days you can’t get to your regular gym, have a good look at what exercises you do at the gym and choose the equipment that will allow you to do as many of your regular exercises as possible at home.
Your budget is self explanatory, we all know how much money we need to pay our bills and how much money we have left to spend on ourselves. If you are fortunate enough to have a large budget then the sky is the limit, you can build a home gym set up that is equally as good as any large gym.
If you’re on a limited budget don’t despair, you can still have a nice little home gym set up with just a few pieces of equipment relevant to your training goals. You can always add more over time.
The size and shape of your home will determine where you set up your home gym. Ideally you want a low traffic area of your home with the minimal amount of distractions. A garage, a spare room, a basement or an attic are perfect locations. These are dedicated training areas in your home. A bedroom or lounge room would be a high traffic area of your home, not ideal by still very do-able.
Important factors to consider are:
⦁ Adequate ventilation, training is a high intensity active and a good supply of fresh air is essential
⦁ Adequate lighting, it’s important to be able to see what you are doing
⦁ If your training while following a video program make sure you have clear visibility of the screen while your training
⦁ If your home has limited space and your setting up your gym in a high traffic area i.e. a bedroom or lounge room try to minimise trip hazards by having a clear space around your training area.
Once you have chosen the location for your gym and the equipment that you need to buy, the next step is to get some accurate measurements. First measure the area where you are going to set up your gym.
Before you buy any piece of equipment you need to measure the height, the width and the length.
Measure your entry and exit point, will it fit through a your doorway. The height is also very important, most gym ceilings are very high, ensure that there is enough space above your machine so as to avoid any injuries while training.
Once you have the measurements of the gym area and the equipment you plan to use, the next step is to actually plan your gym. There is no right or wrong way to set up your gym, just try to ensure that there is enough space to move freely between your equipment.
Considering that some gym equipment can be quite heavy it is important to have some protection for your floor. Carpets, wooden floorboards and tiles can be easily damage by machines and free weights. There is a range of rubberised gym floor matting available at reasonable prices.
As well as preventing scratched floorboards and cracked tiles, matting also helps to prevent vibration while you’re training. Last consideration is the weight of the equipment in relation to the floor. This is really important if your planning on buying a large multi-station machine.
Due to limited space and crowded living conditions, my current home gym consists of a cable gym set up on the back of my front door, a fold away multi station cable machine and an ab machine both of which I store under my bed and a small collection of adjustable dumbbells.
I simply set the gym up in my lounge room, do my workout and then pack it away. While not as much equipment as a more elaborate gym set up in a dedicated room, it’s still sufficient to have a good workout at home.
Sometimes you just need to be a little creative and think outside the square. There is such an extensive selection of home gym equipment on the market today, it doesn’t matter what your living arrangement are, all you need is a little imagination, a clear set of goals and the will to succeed.
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
GOOD LUCK AND GOOD HEALTH