Does your workout regimen need a little pick-me-up? We get it: these days, making it out to the gym is a bit iffy. If the prospect of hitting your local fitness facility is making you neglect your routine, maybe it’s time to think about bringing it home.
If you’re ready to make a change but can’t—or won’t—go out to the gym, why not bring the gym to you? It’s the perfect time to hop back in the saddle with these clever home gym solutions.
Home Gym Ideas You’ll Love
If you have a small apartment, allocating adequate workout space might be a challenge. But trust us when we say, carving out an area dedicated to exercise makes all the difference. Select an area in the corner of a room. If you don’t want guests or roommates to access your gear, you might want to choose a private room like your bedroom or office. Add a curtain or room divider if you need extra privacy or want your home gym space to stay out of sight.
Even though you may not have enough space for cardio and weightlifting machines, you can probably fit a few free weights, a yoga mat, a medicine ball, and a couple of smaller items. Stow all your stuff in a storage unit, or a few stylish baskets to keep it out of the way when not in use. This solution isn’t fancy, but it’s better than gym gear cluttering up your living room, and it works in even the most minimal of apartments.
Full-On Home Gym
Ready for an intensive, hardcore workout? If you want a personal gym that looks and feels like the real thing, you’ll want to start with a large room. Basements often work well for this, and if you’re finishing the basement from scratch, all the better. In that case, we suggest putting down industrial rubber matting on the floor. This way, you won’t cause any damage from dropping your weights.
Brighten up the space with bright white pot lights in the ceiling; you don’t want any fussy fixtures hanging down, as this is potentially hazardous in a gym setting. if you’re building a gym in an unfinished basement, it’s the perfect opportunity to install lots of extra electrical outlets for exercise machines, fans, and a television for following along to workout videos.
Many fitness buffs like to work out surrounded by mirrors, so you may want to install wall to wall mirrors to check your form from every angle. Fill your home gym with cardio machines, weight machines, and any specialized gear you enjoy. Because of your heavy-duty flooring, you don’t have to worry about damaging the space, and the low-maintenance materials make clean up a breeze.
The Fitness Studio
Do you have a bonus room that needs reinvigoration? You may want to consider turning it into a home exercise studio. Unlike your average home gym, crammed full of workout machines, the studio can provide you with a more flexible workout space and a more relaxed atmosphere. The studio can be your haven; a place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy the benefits and pleasures of exercise. By keeping the room as open as possible and storing minimal equipment inside, you can make the studio a super versatile space, perfect for calisthenic exercises, yoga, dance workouts, and even meditation.
While natural lighting from windows is ideal, it’s not always possible. For darker or land-locked rooms, install lights on a dimmer switch. If you do have the windows, get yourself a pair of opaque curtains or blinds. That way, you can make the room lighter or darker, depending on the activity. Many fitness enthusiasts like to have a mirror to correct form while practicing. Others exercise as a form of release and don’t want to see themselves during their workout. The choice is yours, but mirrors do reflect light and will make small rooms seem bigger and airier.
Paint the walls a light, soothing color, so you can relax after your workout. Add some leafy green plants and a few candles for ultimate good vibes.
Are you looking for the perfect space to get your workout on? Once you’re warmed up and set to go, J.T. McDermott Remodeling is ready to bring your home gym vision to life. We’ll do the heavy lifting—most of it, anyway—so you can get your fitness routine back on track. Reach out today, and let’s get started!
Brittany received her interior design degree in 2010 and recently earned her kitchen and bathroom certifications. She sees her job as much more than just picking out pretty colors and materials – it also involves exact measurements, plenty of planning, and determining how to have a space accurately reflect the lifestyle of its occupants.