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Designing a Home Gym

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Since January is typically the month of New Year fitness resolutions in some form or other – whether it’s to have the physique of a bodybuilder or just feel a little healthier – maybe a fitness room or exercise space will provide just the motivation you need to help keep you on track. Especially if you’re not within walking distance of a gym or you know you’ll never make that commute, a home workout area will give you the room you need to exercise while keeping all of your fitness equipment in one convenient place.

Fitness Room Location and Purpose

Will your home gym have its own room or is it going to be part of the rec room in the basement or the family room off the kitchen? The location and size of your fitness room might dictate the number of pieces of fitness equipment you end up buying.

Who will be using the home gym? If it’s just you and all you want is somewhere to workout with weights and then jump on the exercise bike or the treadmill for 15 to 30 minutes, then perhaps a corner of the basement room will work for you. However, if your exercise regime is intended for the whole family and will be centered around fitness games and a game system, perhaps all you will need to do is ensure that you have enough free floor space in your family room.

Prepping your Home Gym

Whether it’s in a dedicated room or part of another room, you will want your home gym space to be as conducive to your workout regime as possible.

The floor will play an important role in your fitness room. Since most basement floors are made of concrete and a not especially kind to joints, when the home gym is located in the basement, consider ways to lessen the impact. Adding a layer of rubber matting or extra padding to area carpet is one way or you can select products like cork flooring which acts as a natural “shock absorber.”

Especially if you will using the television as part of your workout, you don’t want the lighting to be so bright that it causes glare. On the other hand, you don’t want it too dark that you can’t see easily what you are doing. The ideal type of lighting in your exercise room is a balanced mix of overhead (general) and task (specific) lighting fixtures.

If you’re working with free weights, a mirror would come in handy for helping you see if you’re doing the proper technique.

Choosing the Right Exercise Equipment

Once you know where your fitness room is going to go and who will predominately be using it, it’s time to take inventory of what you currently have, what new pieces of exercise equipment you will need and which ones, if any, you’ve outgrown or can’t be repaired.

If you don’t have much room for your home gym, don’t despair; most types of exercise equipment are available in space-saver models.

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