We all want to have a bigger, muscular physique that stands out among non-bodybuilding mortals. Lifting weights is in our blood, whether we compete or simply want to look our best and stand head and broad shoulders above the rest. Hitting the gym with a lot of motivation on a daily basis is part of our existence – or is it? Those treks to the gym to build more muscle and drop fat came to a screeching halt during last year when the global pandemic shut the world down and gyms were closed. Bodybuilders had to improvise and do the best they could while training at home. Many discovered that it was an improvement in some ways – they saved time with no drive to the gym, no traffic, no waiting for equipment, and no overly chatty members. In fact, many who live the iron lifestyle have ditched commercials gyms altogether and set up their own home gyms, complete with cardio equipment. But what’s the best way to set up your home gym? How should you proceed and arrange everything? Do you need a jacked interior decorator to set you on the right path? Read on for five tips to set up your home gym.
Back in the day, a home gym was just dumbbells, dumbbells, a rusty weight bench, and maybe an exercise bike that just seemed to take up space in your house. Today, however, with increased interest in working out at home and many people also working from home, more attention is paid to home gym design. If you design a gym to look inviting, it will be easier to work out at home. A visually appealing home gym or workout room full of high-quality equipment that you will be using is easy to create with the following tips:
1. Organization of Exercise Equipment
Create a floor plan to see where your exercise equipment is. With more exercise equipment, it is best to place the tallest and largest exercise bikes along the walls and the smallest shorter exercise machines in the middle. This maximizes the use of space in the training room and improves the appearance of the home gym. If you look at most gyms, this is how the commercial fitness equipment is arranged. Obviously, you have exercise goals in mind because you made the decision to buy a home gym. Now make sure that the home gym has the potential to achieve your goals. If your goals are simple and straightforward, like gaining more muscle and strength in your legs, upper body, then the kind of equipment in many commercial gyms would be ideal for achieving those goals. If you do not have enough funds to purchase modern equipment, you can opt to get used gym equipment.
2. Gym Extras and Support Gear
Remember that in addition to exercise machines, the gym should have a few extra things. A poorly designed home gym has only exercise equipment. A good one has an adequate source of water to quench your thirst (or a cool box), ventilation windows, mirrors on the walls so you can see yourself through movements to make sure you’re performing your exercises correctly, a wardrobe for gym clothes and other things and a first aid cabinet for emergencies. Oh, and a good sound system will make you enjoy listening to songs to get the adrenaline pumping.
3. Room Location
Wherever you provide space for an exercise room, remember that placement is very important when designing your home gym. On the one hand, choose a part of the house where you can generally make noise without disturbing anyone such as your garden shed. Second, choose a spot next to a bathroom, as you’ll likely want to take a shower after your workout to cool off. Finally, make sure the room is adequately ventilated; you need fresh air. Also, consider the shape of the room, whether it is square, rectangular, long and narrow, etc., because you can choose equipment that will allow you to maximize the space you need to work with.
4. Wall Images
Adding pictures and posters to your home gym will not only make the room look like some of the famous gyms you’ve seen in magazines and online, but it can also act as a motivational tool with the right picture. The easiest way to get ideas started is to visit your local gym. Most of the time they offer a free trial or tour and you can take notes on how they’ve designed their establishment. Bring a notebook and write down anything that you find appealing and could use for your gym. Think about the colors of the walls, the positioning of the equipment, and the gym floor. Also, look for pictures that appear on the walls. These are often used to motivate members to work.
If you are serious about training, you need to make room for hammer strength equipment. Depending on the size of the equipment you are planning to purchase, make sure that you have enough freedom of movement in your home gym during training. A guest room in the house, your family’s hiding place, even your basement should have enough space.
With solid planning and a careful analysis of the necessary equipment and its placement, you can design a home gym that looks attractive and functional. By making a home gym look more attractive, you can get more workouts in! Designing your home gym is a lot of fun because you can adapt it to your specific needs.