The benefits of staying active and having a regular fitness schedule in place make it a great idea to design and build your own gym at home. This way, you will have an easier time maintaining your fitness regimen. Here are four ideas you can put to use when designing your dream home gym to get an amazing space that will more than serve its purpose.
1. Pick the Right Spot
Depending on the layout of your home, you may prefer to have your gym in any of a number of spaces from the attic to the basement or even the garage. Plan for the equipment that you will add to the gym and ensure that the spot that you pick will work well with it. Whichever spot you settle on, it should ideally include some power outlets and be well-lit, whether naturally or artificially. Plan for the future so that you don’t get a spot that will soon become too small for your needs. Don’t waste space either by placing your gym in too large a space that could have better served a different purpose. Think of the design that you would like in general, then pick a spot that will allow you to get the best outcome.
2. Add Your Personality
Since it’s your home gym, there’s no reason why it should look generic or feel like another gym somewhere else. Infuse some of your personality into it, either by picking colors that complement your nature or getting decor to reflect your likes. If you’re not particularly creative, you could enlist the services of a good interior designer. Over the decade, and despite limited employment growth, there are around 7,800 openings projected every year on average for interior designers. With so many people potentially using the services of interior designers, you should have an easy time finding a competent one with great reviews.
3. Get Quality Equipment
Ensure to get the best equipment for your gym and avoid prioritizing bargains. This is because you must put safety first, and quality equipment may not be the most affordable, but it will give you the best service. If you can, patiently shop around after reading reviews of the different options you have available. This will ensure that you get the very best quality. Buy equipment that has both professional and regular users vouching for it so your gym maintains a good standard. You could buy second-hand, but it’s important to test the equipment you want to buy and ensure that it’s safe and won’t fail. It’s better to take a longer time to save for equipment and get good pieces rather than hurry to get it and end up with flimsy items that won’t last long.
4. Know Your Limits
As mentioned, it’s your personal gym and so it should cater to your needs to the fullest. While you will fit it to serve your purpose perfectly, you can most likely only go so far. If you’re a golf enthusiast, for example, you could forgo the cost of trying to set up a golf course at home, especially if you don’t have enough space and money to do it comfortably. Given that almost 70% of golf rounds before 2021 were played with a golf cart, according to the National Golf Foundation, you’re better off leaving some things for different settings.
While designing your home gym, remember to leave out what you may get in a different way more easily. For example, you could forgo getting a treadmill in favor of some other equipment if you live in a place with great weather and safe, comfortable walking paths. You may get the cardio you want in this way, keeping in mind that the average pace for walking is about four miles per hour.