A home gym is any fitness enthusiast’s dream. Being able to wake up, throw on some clothes, and step straight into training is a privilege of only those who have them (and those who live in hotels – but that’s not most people!). It makes sense, then, that you would be interested in building your own. If you’re ready to ditch your local gym in favor of working out from home, here is how.
Choose a Spacious Area
First of all, you need to choose the area in your home that your gym will reside. Preferably, you would choose a spacious area with a solid floor (the bottom floor of a building is advised). A garage or a basement would be ideal for this reason, but if these aren’t an option, any room with sufficient space will do – the more space you have, the more equipment you will fit in.
Purchase the Right Equipment
The equipment you buy will depend on what your workouts look like, so choose your purchases based on what you already do at the gym. It’s best to start with the basic stuff, such as weights, a rowing machine, and a treadmill.
Don’t forget about the smaller equipment, too, as they’re just as important. Remember to purchase quality yoga mats, resistant bands, and workout clothes to ensure your exercise is comfortable and diverse.
Choose Uplifting Décor
How you decorate your home gym will be entirely personal, as you need it to motivate you specifically. If your motivation is a poster of an extremely buff man, then put that poster up!
Color is a vital part of decorating – what are the colors that will encourage you to work harder? Generally, the best colors for this are reds, yellows, oranges, and greens. Try to let as much light into the gym, too, by installing large windows, bright lighting, and mirrors, which will bounce the light around the room.
Use Rubber Flooring
For the floor, you want a soft base with a strong grip so that you don’t injure yourself during training. Rubber gym flooring will do this perfectly – it is easy to maintain, it protects your floor, and it’ll keep you stable during your workouts.
Do you enjoy listening to music when you exercise? Do you like the idea of a wide-screen TV accompanying your workouts? Whatever you prefer, install some great entertainment to keep you motivated throughout your training.
Clean and Maintain
Just because the gym is complete doesn’t mean the hard work is over – you still need to clean and maintain it. To do this, wipe down all the equipment after use with disinfectant wipes. Even if you haven’t used a machine in a while, it’s best to wipe it down to keep it as clean as possible (just remember to switch off the machines before doing your routine cleaning).
Once you have your fully-equipped home gym, you can perfect your workouts from the comfort of your own home.