Between hectic schedules and the craziness of a commercial gym, a home gym is a private option for those looking to start or maintain a fitness regime. Proponents of a home gym enjoy the focus, time efficiency, and freedom a home gym provides, while also enjoying the compounded amount in savings from not having a gym membership. If building a home gym is in your future, follow these considerations:
Ask yourself the following questions before embarking on your construction:
Flooring: Rubber flooring works well in home gyms because it’s a cushiony, shockproof, and a supportive material. If you are building an at-home yoga gym, consider using bamboo or cork flooring, as they are sustainable and easy on your joints. Hardwood floors can be used if your at-home gym will be used exclusively for cardio or dance exercises. Avoid using hardwood if you are putting heavy equipment or using any sort of weight.
All in all, select a floor that is dent resistant and easy to clean. Avoid carpet, as it is susceptible to sweat stains and stink. Your focus should be working out, not worrying about how your surroundings will hold up, so the right flooring is essential in at at-home gym.
Mirrors and Accessories: Many individuals enjoy working out in front of a mirror to ensure that they are using the proper form. Mirrors are usually floor height and extend from. This area of the house should be well lit.
Ventilation: A hot and muggy room is not only uncomfortable, but can lead to mold issues. Make sure to invest in good ventilation and/or windows.
Isolation: If you have young children in your household, it might be tough for you to listen to music or make noise lifting weights if your exercise space is in close proximity to the kids’ bedrooms. Keep that in mind as you select the right place for your home gym.