In this modern day and age when you’re trying to squeeze everything into your schedule, wouldn’t it be nice to have a home gym? Instead of driving to the gym, waiting to get on a treadmill and then driving home – a home gym could make you workout more often! Before you set up a home gym there are considerations you need to make.  Depending on the size of your space, type of equipment, and your budget to spend on supplies will dictate what type of gym is best for your home.

  • Asses what type of gym you need: Are you into yoga and meditation or are you wanting all cardiovascular equipment and free weights? Determine what type of amenities you’d like to house in your gym.  Consider getting inspiration from local gyms in your area to assess what amenities are options for you.  If you work out with a personal trainer, they can help you determine what would work best in your home.
  • Choose a space in your home: Before you select the equipment and furnishings for your home gym, you will need to decide what room it will fit in best. Choose a room that is preferably in the basement or on a solid foundation. Equipment and free weights weigh a lot and can damage a floor if you’re not careful. Also choose a room that is going to be inspiring that you will want to spend time in. Depending on your home this area can be open looking out a beautiful window or in a room with plenty of walls for mirrors.
  • Budget: Home gyms can be very simple with an open space with mats and music, or it can be state of the art with a complete audio/visual system, professional equipment and can fit multiple users at one time. Set a budget and then start shopping. When shopping don’t only think of cost. The size, electrical requirements, and experience knowledge to use the equipment should also be considered.  Don’t buy equipment that is too advanced or you may never use it, and vice versa if you know how to use equipment outfit your gym in what you’ll LOVE using to keep you motivated.
  • Convert existing rooms: If you decide to convert a previous used room into a gym there are a few considerations you should make.

o   Noise: Most home gyms have music playing, weights and equipment making noise, etc.. Before changing a current room, make sure it’s not adjacent to quiet areas like bedrooms and bathroom areas.

o   Adequate ventilation: Ensure there is enough air circulation and/or conditioned air into the space.  If you choose a room with low air flow you will become overheated quicker and it may not be comfortable for you to regularly work out in the space.

o   Electrical requirements: Before buying equipment research how much power is required to run the desired equipment in the existing room.  Your home may not have enough circuit’s available if your convert an existing room. If you’re not sure, ask an electrician for help determining the load currently on your space.

A home gym is a great idea for the homeowner who wants to have convenience, flexibility and a customized gym experience. Your gym can be all that you dream of by following these simple tips when you plan out yours.  If you generally workout with friends, ask for their input – they’ll help give you inspiration and may become your work out buddies at your house! Freshome reader’s do you want a home gym in your home? What would be the dream home gym? We’d love to know!