A home gym can make it so much easier to follow a daily exercise regime. It sure is convenient to have a pleasant, uncrowded space and your favorite equipment available to you any time of the day or night. But before you run out and buy equipment, it's a good idea to create a plan, including a home gym layout. Going through this process can help you balance your exercise goals, your available space, and your budget. Here are some tips and floor plans to help you create the home gym of your dreams.Read More
One of the first steps is to determine how much space you can allocate to the gym.
Check out our home gym floor plan examples to get an idea of what types of equipment can fit in each size room.
Next, think through your exercise goals to determine the essential items to place in your home gym. Here are just some of the possibilities.
Cardio. If your goal is to get your heart rate up, there are a lot of options. A simple jump rope requires a small area but provides a great cardio workout. With more space available, consider adding a mid-size unit like a stair machine to the layout. If the room size allows, you can add a larger piece of equipment such as a treadmill, elliptical, bike, or rowing machine.
Weight training. There are several ways to meet a weight training goal. A simple option is a kettlebell, a set of barbells, and ideally, a mirror to check your form. Adding a bench opens up the possibility for a lot more bench+barbell exercises. A more significant option with lots of flexibility is an integrated home gym machine. Another choice is a compact or full-size power rack, which allows you to lift heavier weights.
Yoga or stretching. If yoga is your goal, you'll want space for a yoga mat and accessories, perhaps resistance bands or a foam roller, or even a ballet barre.
Balance and coordination. Maintaining and improving balance and coordination is important for seniors, athletes, and really, everyone. Consider adding some of these pieces of equipment to your home gym: a BOSU Balance Trainer, balance boards, balance balls.
Virtual classes or training. One of the latest trends is an interactive training device such as a Mirror home gym. This type of linked, subscription-based option allows you to take classes, connect with a trainer, and track your results. For a less expensive choice, a zoom class over a simple laptop is another possibility.
To complete your home gym, consider adding some useful accessories to the layout. For example, one or more simple wall-mounted mirrors in the room can help you review your form when weightlifting or doing yoga. With a TV or computer screen, you can catch up on your favorite show and meet your exercise goals simultaneously. Bluetooth speakers allow you to play your favorite pump-me-up or relax-me tunes while you exercise. If the room doesn't have significant airflow from a window, consider adding a fan. A stack of towels with a hamper is a nice touch. Finally, think about the flooring in the room. With simple interlocking foam tiles, you can dampen the noise and add some cushioning while you work out.
Are you ready to up your exercise game? Use these tips and sample home gym floor plans to create a workout space that you'll love and enjoy using.