Working from home is one thing; working out from home is quite another. Whether your gym membership ran out or your club has been closed off and on for public health reasons, chances are the thought of creating a home gym has crossed your mind lately. You're certainly not alone, and the good news is creating your own home gym can be a rewarding experience that pays dividends in terms of your health — not to mention membership savings!
Of course, it's all too easy to sweat the details even before breaking a sweat in your workout space. What do you need to know to create a truly great home gym? And what pitfalls should you avoid? Here are our top tips for creating a home gym.
Despite what many commercials may show, most of us don't have a sprawling estate with floor-to-ceiling windows in which to place an exercise bike. But that doesn't mean you can't have a gym at home; it just means you have to make the most of the space you have. So as you plan your home gym, be mindful of the space the equipment needs and the room you'll need personally for both cardio and lifting. Creative options exist for all kinds of homes, so knowing realistically how much space you have for your project is key before purchasing equipment. Then seek out the stuff that fits your budget and your living space. Multipurpose equipment can be handy, particularly for small spaces, but you can find most of the basics in models that fit in tight spots.
For every exercise trend, there's a gimmick, it seems. Particularly when you're getting started with putting together your home gym, it's best to avoid the gimmicky equipment. Stick to the tried-and-true stuff you know you'll use. Equipment is costly, and setting up your space can do a number on your budget, so save the dollars for the trusted equipment that is proven to work.
Of course, working within your budget is essential, but don't skimp. A sure way to slow down achievement of your workout goals is to purchase the cheapest equipment you can buy, which will likely break, shake or become otherwise unusable in a short period of time. The result: you'll have to buy it again. Instead, invest in quality equipment that will last for the long haul.
Keep in mind, buying quality equipment that works second hand isn't skimping; it's often budget savvy. If cash is tight, a second-hand store specializing in used sports equipment might yield better quality equipment for less than you'd pay for new, cheaply-made equipment. Online resales can be a good spot for bargains as well. Don't forget that many retailers beyond sports equipment stores provide the basics like dumbbells, kettlebells, yoga mats and much more at fine quality. Staying within budget might mean purchasing the big stuff used and the smaller basics, new.
Installing a mirror in your home gym is helpful for several reasons. For one, chances are you won't have a trainer to correct your form when you work out, at least not for the short term. Watching yourself exercise is a great way to make the tweaks you need to your form to avoid injury in your workouts while also appreciating the results you see — a great motivator. More, mirrors can make a small space look larger, which is great if you have limited room for your workouts.
Even the best-designed home gyms can feel tight as the equipment stacks up. In these challenging times, space can be at a premium. If you find your multipurpose rooms have too many purposes, maybe it's time to find something with a bit more wiggle room. Our Realtors are experts at finding a space that fits for every client need. Ready to start shopping for your new workout room (and living space, of course!)? We're here to spot you! Contact us to learn more about how we can help you find a property that can make your home gym dreams come true.