It seems like health and fitness is a big focus in many people’s lives today. Everyone is paying more attention to what they eat, how they look and feel, the type of exercise they get and how often they can fit a workout in. With busy lifestyles outside of the gym, it can seem impossible to keep up with your fitness goals. That is why so many people are now building their very own personal in-home gyms. These spaces can be completely unique and have so much opportunity for how you want to set it up. There are plenty of places for inspiration online, and I encourage you to think about your options before you start any designing. No matter what direction you choose to go, there are always a few tips you should consider either way. I have completed a few similar projects in my time so I am happy to share what I know with you.
Start with Your Goals
Before you even think about the design, you want to think about what your fitness goals actually are. If you are looking to bulk up, chances are you are going to want to do lots of weight training. If you want to lose weight, you will probably be doing a combination of cardio, weight training and stretching. However, if you are training for a marathon, you need mostly cardio equipment. To think real outside of the box, your goals may be to improve your yoga and Pilates, which means you want more of a studio with mirrors and a bar instead of a gym with the typical equipment.
Get Shopping for Supplies Out of the Way
It is never fun when you have to run back and forth between the store and home when working on a big project. Make sure you create a comprehensive list of all the things you need to buy for your home gym. This will include any equipment, building supplies or lighting at Home Depot, paint and tile, really anything you will be using to create this home gym should be listed out and purchased at the very beginning. You can always save receipts for things that you were not sure about and did not end up using. It is better to have something than to have to figure out a way to do a task without the tool or product that you really need.
Think About Sound Proofing
One of the things that most people forget about when designing an in-home gym, is that they usually like to play music while they workout. Isn’t being able to do what you want, free of headphones or crowds, in your own home. Don’t miss this important detail and think about sound proofing from the start. Not only will this save you from angry neighbors, it will also be necessary if you live with other people, like for example, children who go to bed early. There are plenty of ways to soundproof a room, just take a look online at the different options.