Having a private gym at home is a convenient, and luxurious way to stay healthy. This mini guide explores some key considerations for installing a private gym at home.
Going to the gym is bliss to some, and a necessity to others. It provides a space to work and tone the body, a space to unwind, to let off steam, to truly indulge in some quality ‘me time’. Some things that put some people off going to the gym are:
Clearly, this is something a lot of people have to live with if they want to access gym equipment, but if you don’t have to live with it, and you can indulge in a private gym at home avoiding all of the above issue, why wouldn’t you? A gym in the home is possibly one of the most sound investments you can make. Why? Because you cannot put a price on your health. Your health is the only thing enabling you to make money and do any of the things you enjoy in life. Without it, you’re not going to get far. So spending the money on a room in your home that enhances your health levels, is really quite a sensible investment in the long run.
How you want to design and use the space really will be personal to you, and your taste. If you really love your yoga and only really do yoga and perhaps some running or free weights, then space and tranquility will be your priority. If you’re deep into your weights, then the equipment and flooring, plus mirrors will be important. It really does depend on the person. There are also lots of extras to consider, that you have to plan like decor and lighting. There are also lots of fun extras to think about like decor, music and relaxation spaces.
In this guide, we will look at some of the most important factors and questions you need to consider if you’re looking at indulging in fitting your own gym at home.
Clearly we don’t want to put a dampener on your exciting plans, but it is important to think carefully about the decision, so that you can feel totally excited about it, and so you’re sure about your decision when things get a bit chaotic during the gym fitting and decoration.
Having a gym at home can be extremely convenient and fun, but it isn’t always the best choice for everyone. Some people prefer group workouts, and love the social environment of the gym. Some people love meeting new people at the gym, or joining in group challenges. If you relate to that, it may be that a home gym isn’t necessarily for you.
It may be that you have a very busy schedule, you live quite a distance from your nearest gym, or you have a young family. In this instance, having a gym at home could be a really good way to maintain or build on your fitness, all without having to leave the house. You may also have an interest in becoming a yoga teacher or personal instructor, in which case having your own space to practise and hold classes (with the relevant insurance of course) could be a great idea as well.
Only you will know if it seems like a good idea for your lifestyle and workout type. If you think it sounds like a great idea, we’re going to help you consider how to plan it out with the following considerations:
Clearly having a gym setup at home does not need to cost the earth, but if you’re looking at something a bit better than a shabby chic ex-school mat and second hand multi-gyms, you might have to invest a little. If you’re going for all mod-cons, the price can be as high as you like. Whatever your budget it is important to know you don’t have to spend money on unnecessary equipment or features. Some products are overpriced, or aren’t useful in which case you will be spending money on things that aren’t a sound investment. Prices for a good home gym can start at around £1,000 and there is nothing wrong with buying used equipment as long as you’re sure it is sound. However if you can, clearly it is more fun to buy everything new, and enjoy the fact that only your family and friends will use it. It is also a good idea to remember that your home gym does not need to start as a perfect gym. You may just want to start out with a basic setup and then built up more equipment as and when your exercise regime changes, your needs change, or when the time is right to add new pieces in.
When thinking about your budget, factor in:
The feel of your gym should reflect how you like to relax and workout. This is one thing you need to really enjoy with your very own gym – the freedom to give it some personality. Think about decorating it in a way that inspires you and motivates you to become a better person. It could be bold colours, a sound system that plays motivating music full blast, inspiring quotes across the walls – it is personal to you, but it should be personal – it is a private home gym, your private home gym.
For many who love working out, this is the most exciting part of the planning – choosing which equipment to include in the gym. The suggestions below are a few ideas to get you started on what you could include:
Dumbbells/ Barbell & Plate Set
An extensive set of weights is a really strong foundation for a gym set up. Regardless of whether you want to build muscle or burn fat, weights are your best friend. A dumbell rack and a barbell and plate set would be the ultimate setup but isn’t necessary if you don’t mind adding and taking away plates only. You can buy really cool patterned or coloured dumbbells, as well as funky kettlebells as well if you want lots of fun equipment to use, that inspires you to work out. Dumbbells and kettlebells tend to look prettier than a bar and plates, but it is a personal choice. Whatever you do, opt for the safest possible setup as working at home means a lack of a spotter.
You may want more than one of these if you’re planning on sharing the space and want to workout with your partner or friend. This is a piece of equipment you should definitely invest money into as they take a battering, so need to be durable to last. Opt for incline and decline, and consider a personalised cover if you want a super-stylish gym.
When you get higher into the weights there isn’t really a way to work the leg, chest and shoulders without a rack. Like the bench, the rack takes a lot of battering so opt for the best you can afford.
Elliptical trainers, cross trainers, treadmills: all of these are bulky electric pieces of equipment you may or may not feel you want or need. Usually, a home gym will have at least some cardio facility. Instead of reading recommendations, read reviews for the best all round piece of equipment you want. It doesn’t need to have all the bells and whistles to do a good job.
Snazzy/ Unnecessary Equipment
Snazzy equipment might be something like a rotating climbing wall, a giant tire, a sleigh, a punch bag: anything unusual or more advanced. Clearly you don’t need this kind of equipment, but perhaps you want to hold an at home assault course competition with friends, or your favourite way to workout is with a vibration plate. If you know a certain piece of equipment will make the gym more fun for you, and you have the budget, why not add it?
This is one of the most important choices you will make, in relation to getting your gym complete. The flooring will take a lot of traffic, and it may need to endure things like dropped weights, slips, trips and skids. It also needs to be safe, and stop you slipping or falling when you’re working out. Sound is also a big issue with a gym, and flooring helps keep it inside the space. It especially needs to keep equipment in one place. So there’s a lot to think about when it comes to your flooring. There are lots of different options, all of which suit different types of space. Here are a few options:
When you are thinking about the gym, it may pay to have a designer come and talk you through your options, especially if you’re thinking of adding a little luxury to the area, like an additional mini-spa and showers, with indoor jacuzzi and plunge pool. Things like heating, electrics, safety and plumbing aren’t easy to necessarily understand in a large space, so don’t be afraid to invite someone in who can help you get it all right. It is also worth hiring a personal trainer at least once to show you how to use your equipment properly, and to create a regime for you. They will also check your positioning so you don’t end up causing yourself an injury in the future.
Hopefully this mini guide has inspired you, and will help you consider all aspects of your new, beautiful home gym. With a lot of time and patience, and the right help and advice, you’re going to have the most exciting investment in your home, and your health, in no time.