Building the Ultimate Home Gym
Building the Ultimate Home Gym
If you’re building a custom home, addition, or renovation, you might be considering a home gym. Although public health clubs can be a great resource, they also come with drawbacks. Finding the time to get there can be difficult when you have a busy schedule. Also, the lack of privacy, on the gym floor as well as in the locker room, is not ideal.
In order to make a home gym work best for you, you’ll want to first consider your needs and then plan accordingly. Work with your Architect and Builder to plan out the space, as they’ll often have ideas that can help make it flow properly. The following tips will help you get started.
Determine How the Space Will Be Used
The first order of business should be to determine who will be using the gym and what the goals are for each individual. Is space needed for just one or two people, or will the kids also be using it? Sit down as a group and make a list of needs and wants for each family member. Then you can establish the type of setup that will work best for everyone.
Build It Like the Pros
The average professional gym is typically broken down into at least three separate areas: a section for weights, a section for cardio, and a section for group activities or aerobics. For a home gym, the space requirements for each of these sections will be dependent on the needs of each family member. Be sure to leave enough open space between areas so that you’re not bumping into one another. In general, open spaces help to create a more relaxing atmosphere and high ceilings can provide a more open environment. Don’t worry about adding too many pieces of furniture outside of the actual exercise equipment.
Choosing Your Materials
You’ll want to think carefully about the flooring. Although picking one specific material for the entire gym might be easier, it might not provide the best possible workout experience at each station. Concrete is usually best for weights — it’s not slippery and can withstand heavy objects. Hardwood flooring is excellent for yoga and aerobics. Be sure to invest in some quality floor mats, regardless of what type of floor material is used. Mats can help prevent a slip and fall or soften the blow of a dropped piece of equipment.
Many homeowners are seeking ample sunlight in their home gyms; however, you’ll want to keep privacy in mind if you live close to neighbors. Consider installing windows that allow sunlight in but turn opaque on demand. Also consider working with your Architect and Homebuilder to synchronize window placement with planned landscaping features that block the area from view. Placing windows in a way that maximizes private views may also be an option.
The equipment will be an important consideration. The size and scope of the investment, however, can vary widely based on each family member’s individual needs. Take the time to analyze what you truly will and will not use. Here are a few ideas to explore:
– His-and-her treadmills let spouses run side-by-side, indoors. If you leave for work at the same time, and both of you enjoy cardio in the morning, this will be a key addition.
– If there’s enough space, the adventurous homeowner may wish to include a sauna, rock-climbing wall, or basketball court. Think about the features that will make the space as appealing as possible. Upgrades may be worth it if they keep you coming back.
– Most weight rooms have a mix of free weights and machines. Check out a commercial gym ahead of time to get ideas and narrow down your options. Try not to rule anything out until you’ve determined what everyone in the family responds to.
Don’t forget the fun stuff. No home gym is complete without a beautiful flat-screen TV on the wall and/or built into the treadmills. And a premium sound system is a great way to keep you motivated and engaged in your workout. Work with your Builder to ensure the home’s electrical plans include sufficient outlets for all the equipment and amenities you plan to include.
The home gym can be a tranquil and functional space for daily workouts, and it can encourage you to maintain a regular workout schedule. Your custom Homebuilder can offer expert assistance in navigating this process.