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Home Gym Design Tips

 If you're looking to create your own personal fitness haven, this article is a must-read. We'll inspire you with ideas on what your home gym may consist of, whether you have limited space or ample room to play with. From utilizing compact spaces effectively to remodeling existing areas, we'll help you transform any corner of your home into the gym of your dreams.

Say goodbye to expensive gym memberships and hello to the convenience of working out in the comfort of your own home. Let us delve into the details of each option, allowing you to assess which approach is most suitable for your needs.

What to Include in Your Home Gym

When deciding what to include in your home gym, it is important to take into consideration the equipment you regularly use at your local gym. Are you someone who primarily uses cardio machines and free weights? Or do you prefer weight machines, pull-up bars, battle ropes, or the yoga studio? Perhaps you enjoy a combination of these options.

Begin by creating a list of essential items for your home gym, as well as any additional items you would like to have. This will assist you in determining the amount of space required, the type of flooring needed, equipment logistics, and electrical and framing requirements.

If you are seeking a basic home gym setup comprising only a treadmill and dumbbells, it is possible to utilize the existing space in your home. However, if your intention for the home gym is to serve as a long-term substitute for your gym membership, it may be necessary to consider some remodeling. 

Home Gym in An Existing Space

If you enjoy both the physical activity and the social connections at your gym, you might consider your home gym as an alternative for when you're pressed for time.

It is highly possible that your home gym can function effectively in an area of your house that is currently not being fully utilized. Rather than serving as a complete replacement for a gym, this space can be used as a backup option. In such a scenario, you may not require all the fancy and extravagant equipment. A simple cardio machine, a set of dumbbells, a stability or balance ball, and a few resistance bands could be sufficient. Except for the cardio machine, these items won't occupy much space or cause any damage to your surroundings. They can easily be stored away in a corner and brought out whenever you plan to use them.

The flexibility of this option means that your home gym could be a spare corner of a basement, bedroom, or home office. This kind of setup is perfect if you’re looking for some quick "home-style" workouts. 

basement finishing home gym

Remodeling to Create Your Dream Gym

If you’ve decided that you spend enough time and money on your gym membership that it just makes more sense to create your dream home gym, you’re going to want to give everything a bit more thought. Replacing your gym is much different than supplementing it. Depending on the amount of and type of equipment that you plan to have in your home gym, you’ll likely need building modifications to support it all. There are a myriad of considerations to make this your ideal space. 

For example, how high does the ceiling need to be for you to comfortably use an elliptical, stair stepper, or high-incline treadmill? How many electrical outlets will you need to power up all of your machines? Speaking of electrical, will you want a TV mounted there too? Next, you’ll want to figure out if anything is going to be anchored to the wall. Depending on the use and weight of anything you plan to wall mount, you may want additional framing to support it. The last thing you want to see is your wall-mounted equipment pulling off the wall.

basement with exercise machine and pool table

Another consideration to think about is proper flooring. You need something supportive that will also help to provide some traction when needed. Many people choose to install a rubber gym mat throughout the space. The interlocking tile version is simple to install and easily allows you to expand your gym space if needed. Once you and your design-build team have given thought to all of this, together, you can determine how to design your dream home gym. 

If you’ve been thinking about adding a home gym, finishing a basement to allow a little extra space for your gym, or any other remodeling project, download the eBook "The Ultimate Step-by-Step Home Renovation Transformation Guide" to learn how you can plan for a successful home remodeling project.