What to Consider When Designing a Home Gym

When most people think about a home gym they imagine mansions with expansive indoors pools, a bevy of exercise machines and a selection of personal trainers. And this is a reasonable thought, given that most of the home gyms that you will see in Home and Garden magazines look very similar.

However, this isn’t to say that anybody can’t turn a smaller space into an effective and enjoyable home gym.

If you have a spare room in your home or are looking to expand your living space, below is a list of what to consider when designing your space.

  1. Less is more. Well, more is more, really. But when it comes to designing a home gym equipment, the most you can get from the least footprint, the better. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, either. After all, you will still get all of your regular workouts done, just without swapping machines. Head to the Groupon Coupons page for Home Decorators Collection for a range of multi-purpose exercise equipment.
  2. It’s important to stay entertained. While you are there to focus on your workouts, it isn’t going to help if you can hear the Television outside or you are tempted to scroll through your social media and become distracted. For this reason, design a space for a small TV in your home gym. Whether it’s the shopping network or the cooking channel, ,or even using it to listen to music, a TV in your home gym will keep you motivated to stay there and finish your routines.
  3. Keep drinks handy. Even with a television in your home gym, the moment that you leave the room to get water is the moment that you don’t come back in for that session. For this reason, it’s important that you plan ahead of yourself. A small fridge or even space for a cooler bag and some ice blocks is a great way to keep drinks at the ready and prevent you from being tempted to leave and not finish your workout. It’s also a great way to stay hydrated!
  4. Keep it motivational. Just because the rest of your home has beige walls means that your home gym needs to, also. Instead, look for colors that motivate you, whether they be your favorite team’s colors or your country’s Olympic colors, or even just motivational posters. What ever environment you want to workout in, create it with your design choices.
  5. Stay ventilated. If your newly freed space has limited ventilation, it’s important to install a window or an air conditioning system. If you don’t, the room is going to get stuffy, you won’t be able to breathe fresh air and feel good with your workouts, and the stale air can cause mold to grow. As you workout, always keep the window open of the air conditioner on.

At the end of the day, it’s important that you design a space that you will actually want to spend time in and not one that makes it easy for you to make excuses to never use it! The above tips are just 5 great ideas to keep in mind when designing a home gym, and especially one within a small space.

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