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10 at HomeGym Essentials

Designing a Home Gym

At Home Gym vs. Gym Membership 

Why opt for a home gym over a gym membership, you ask? Well, for my husband and me, it all comes down to convenience. With four kids in tow, ranging from 16 to 2 years old, our days are a whirlwind. Between toddlers, teens, and a lively 4-year-old with a packed schedule of evening (and even some daytime) activities, finding that precious "ME time" is a challenging endeavor. The struggle to make it to the gym some days is real, and my husband and I constantly found ourselves juggling schedules just to fit in a workout.

 

Another significant concern was the sheer time commitment. The entire process of driving to the gym, a 10-minute drive, the workout itself taking 40 minutes, and then another 10 to 20 minutes to get back home, added up to 1 1/2 to 2 hours, especially when you factored in showering and changing. Both of us came to the realization that this time could be effectively cut in half by working out at home. This flexibility would allow us to choose the workout time, even if it meant setting the kids up with some TV and keeping a watchful eye on them while we exercised. Essentially, it seemed much more feasible, especially considering my aversion to winter driving or the hassle of venturing out in bad weather.

 I've always been a self-conscious gym member, often glancing around to see if anyone was observing me during exercises like squats or high-intensity interval training (HIIT). However, working out at home allowed me the freedom to exercise at any time of the day without worrying about judgment. The only thing I occasionally miss from the gym is the classes. Fortunately, we have a TV in our home gym, which allows me to follow workout videos and YouTube classes. Ultimately, the key is to find a fitness routine that suits you and your family, and the most important thing is to keep moving!

When organizing your floorspace after you’ve planned/taped, use mats to define workout zones.

 

Planning your Design

 Define Your Goals

- Determine your fitness goals. Are you looking for strength training, cardio, yoga, or a combination? Your goals will influence the equipment and layout.

2. Choose the Location

- Select a suitable space in your home. Consider factors like available square footage, access to natural light, and proximity to utilities.

Budget

When building a gym you will need to budget for your must haves and then nice to have items. Start with the equipment you’ll find most useful. Ours was the treadmill and then we added more affordable weights. Take your time, continuing to buy equipment you will actually use. It’s a work in progress, just like our bodies. 🙂

Creating Your Ideal Home Fitness Space

The convenience and comfort of working out at home have never been more appealing. Designing your at-home gym allows you to exercise on your terms, without the hassle of commuting or waiting for equipment. In this blog post, we'll guide you through the essential items you need to transform a corner of your home into a functional and inspiring workout haven.

Planning

10 @ Home Gym Essentials

1. Space and Setup

Before diving into the equipment, designate a space for your at-home gym. It could be a spare room, a section of your living area, or even a garage. Ensure the space is well-ventilated and has sufficient lighting. Clear the area of clutter to create an inviting workout environment.

 

2. Quality Flooring


Invest in durable and cushioned flooring to protect your joints and provide a stable base for your exercises. Foam tiles, rubber mats, or even a simple yoga mat can work wonders in making your workouts more comfortable.

Gym Mat

3. Dumbbells or Resistance Bands


Dumbbells are versatile and can be used for a wide range of strength exercises. If space is a concern, opt for adjustable dumbbells. Resistance bands are another compact option that adds resistance to your workouts without taking up much room.

 

4. Exercise Ball

An exercise ball adds an element of instability to your workouts, engaging your core and improving balance. It's great for core exercises, stretching, and even as a substitute for a bench.

5. Yoga Mat


A yoga mat provides comfort for floor exercises, yoga, and stretching routines. Look for a mat with adequate thickness to support your joints during different movements.

 

6. Skipping Rope


A skipping rope is an inexpensive yet effective cardio tool that can easily be stored and used for high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts.

7. Multi-Functional Bench


If space permits, consider a multi-functional bench. It's great for various strength exercises, including bench presses, step-ups, and seated exercises.

8. Smart Device or Tablet

Use your smart device or tablet to stream workout videos or follow virtual classes. Many fitness apps offer guided routines tailored to your preferences and goals.

9.Full Length Mirror

A full-length mirror can help you monitor your form and technique during exercises. It's a valuable tool to ensure you're performing movements correctly.

 

10. Storage Solutions


Keep your equipment organized with shelves, hooks, or storage bins. A well-organized space encourages consistency and motivation.

  • 1. Wall-Mounted Shelves: Install sturdy shelves on the walls to store items like dumbbells, kettlebells, and workout accessories.
  • 2. Pegboard System: A pegboard with hooks and baskets can be a versatile way to keep smaller equipment organized and easily accessible.
  • Rolling Storage Carts: Use rolling carts with shelves or drawers to store items like resistance bands, yoga mats, and foam rollers. These can be moved around as needed.
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  • Overhead Storage: If you have high ceilings, consider installing overhead storage racks for items you don’t use frequently, like seasonal sports equipment.
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  • Storage Bins: Invest in clear, labeled storage bins for smaller items like workout gloves, wrist wraps, and smaller accessories.
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  • Wall-Mounted Bike Hooks: If you have bicycles in your gym, wall-mounted bike hooks can free up floor space and keep your bikes organized.
    7. Shoe dRacks or Cubbies: Dedicate a section for shoes with shoe racks or cubbies to keep the gym floor clean and clutter-free.

  • Custom Built-Ins:
    If you have the budget, custom-built storage units can be tailored to fit your gym’s layout and needs perfectly.
  • 9. Mirror Cabinets: Combine full-length mirrors with built-in cabinets to create a sleek storage solution for workout clothes and accessories.
  • 10. Multi-Purpose Furniture: Consider using furnitures like storage benches or ottomans that double as seating and storage for gym equipment.

  • Bungee Cord Storage: Attach bungee cords to the wall or a frame to hold items like yoga mats, foam rollers, and resistance bands.
    12. Utilize Vertical Space: Make the most of your gym’s vertical space by installing hooks, hangers, and shelves high up on the walls.

Remember that the key to effective gym storage is to keep it organized and easily accessible so you can focus on your workouts without any hassle.

Creating your very own at-home gym is about designing a space that motivates and empowers you to achieve your fitness goals. By investing in these essential items, you're creating a convenient and personalized workout haven where you can sweat, challenge yourself, and thrive on your fitness journey. Remember, the at-home gym is a reflection of your commitment to a healthier lifestyle, and with these essentials, you're ready to elevate your workouts without leaving your home.

Stay motivated, stay active, and enjoy your fitness oasis!

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