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Building a home gym that you’ll actually use

Are you interested in building a home gym, but afraid it will go unused? Don’t worry, you are certainly not alone. However, if you put a strategy in place at the start of your build (and employ a bit of determination), you can create a workout space that will be more of a destination than an obligation.

Step 1 –Location, Location, Location

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Create your home gym in a space that’s roomy enough for you to comfortably workout in, AND ensure that it’s conveniently located in your home. This means that if you’re an “out of sight out of mind” type of person, locating your gym in the basement might be a bad idea.

Some alternatives to the basement gym include disused dining rooms, spare bedrooms and even the garage.

Step 2 –Respect your workout style

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Your workout space doesn’t have look like a typical gym. If you would rather do a barre workout than bench press or relish the idea of having a home yoga studio, design your space accordingly.

What this means for the renovation and design of your home gym is that you’ll need to consider the space, sound system (or sound proofing), flooring and any specialty additions that your workout preferences require. Also keep in mind that you may have multiple people with different preferences using the space.

Step 3–Add the right equipment

You might not be able to purchase all of the equipment you want at first; however, it’s important to start off with basic pieces that define the space. Much like you would add a bed to define a bedroom.

In terms of what those basics are, you’ll find that there are various opinions out there. For a traditional gym, adding a good cardio machine like a treadmill or elliptical and also a set of kettlebells, may be a good starting off point. A barre studio will need a barre(obviously) and some mirrors. Creating a boxing-specific gym means starting off with the addition of a heavy bag.

Step 4 –Make it comfortable and visually appealing

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If your home gym looks like a dungeon or a cluttered spare bedroom, then you’re probably not going to use it. So, style it in a way that makes you feel good about being there, and don’t forget to make sure that it’s comfortable!

Here are a few ways that you can make your home gym a desirable destination:

  • Control the climate: this means good ventilation and adding a fan if needed
  • Paint the space
  • Add motivational artwork
  • Install gym mats
  • Add mirrors
  • Make easy-access storage for things like exercise mats and balls, exercise journals, magazines, towels and shoes, etc.
  • Add a bar fridge and stock it with water
  • Add a TV

The most important part of creating a home gym is to ensure that it’s a space you enjoy using.  Who knows, it just might becomes your family’s new favourite room.

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