Home gym: design ideas, inspiration & pictures

Building a home gym

Hate exercising outdoors, yet don’t have enough time to visit the local gym? Then why not build a gym in your home? You may be surprised to know that home gyms don’t take up much space at all. Depending on the nature of equipment you plan to install here, you may be able to build a home gym in a space of 100 square feet or less. With a fully equipped gym at home, you will be able to cut down the time consumed in travelling to and fro the commercial gyms.

You and other members of your family will have the opportunity of using the room whenever they like to. You can make multiple uses of this space, such as, designing a space for yoga and meditation in one of the corners.  You may build your gym in the basement, attic or in a spare room. You may also convert an unused garage, garden shed or accessory dwelling unit into a gym. Many homeowners like to utilise the swimming pool area to build a gym and sauna. See if you have space available in this part of your building premises.

It is better to build a gym in the basement or the ground floor level as it helps reduce the noise from getting transported to other areas of the building. A square or slightly rectangular space is favoured for this purpose. You can make an optimal use of this type of rooms. Choose a space which is well ventilated. If you have a beautiful garden in the backyard, try to build your gym and yoga space next to it. The presence of nature has a positive effect on the health and mind.

Tips for designing a home gym

Once you have chosen a space to be converted into a gym, take some time out to measure the available area. Think of the equipments you plan to install here. Some of the common home gym equipments include treadmill, cross trainer, bench and rowing machine. Dumbbells, suspension trainers, exercise balls, punch bags are some other accessories you may like to have, but they hardly take up much space. Think carefully about the placement of these equipments. Make some preliminary sketches. You may also seek suggestions from an interior designer who has experiences of designing a gym at home.

Once you are satisfied with the design, start preparing the walls. You may opt for drywalls or go for standard brick walls. While drywall would be easier to build and cost effective, conventional brick walls would be a stronger and more durable option. You may even go for bare brick wall for a trendy look. Another option is to build the walls with plywood. Once again this is very affordable, but not so durable an option as the standard walls.

Install exhaust fans and mechanical ventilation system in a gym at basement. Install large windows to keep the interior of a gym properly illuminated in the day time. You may disregard mechanical ventilation and go only for exhaust and ceiling fans in rooms which already have big windows. However, in the winter months when opening the windows would not be possible, your air conditioner would help you maintain the air quality.

Install enough electrical receptacles on the walls. Many of your equipments would need power supply. Not having enough receptacles may pose problem while using this space. You may seek help of an electrician to upgrade the electrical features and wiring of this part of your building. With an approximate budget of $6500 CAD, you would be able to build a fully equipped home gym.

What is the right flooring material for a home gym?

Take special care while renovating the flooring. Gym flooring must be skid-free, soft enough for the feet and capable of preventing the noise from transporting to the other parts of the building. Carpet tiles and rubber flooring can provide you all these benefits. Carpet tiles are also available in a variety of colours and designs. But you will need to clean the tiles periodically. Otherwise they may trap dust particles and make the interior unhealthy.

Rubber flooring, on the other hand, is easier to clean and durable. It repels moisture and prevents the growth of mould and mildew. It has great insulation qualities. The cost of rubber flooring is less than $5 CAD per square foot. Carpet tiles cost between $4 CAD and $6 CAD per square foot.      

How to decorate my home gym

A home gym does not need too many decorative accessories. You must try to keep the space uncluttered and clean. This will help you maintain the hygiene of the space. Have a quality yoga mat in place. You may use it both for freehand exercises and during meditation. Alternatively, you may place a small area rug in one corner of the room.

Cover the feature wall with frameless mirror. You will able to see your progress while practicing the different yoga poses or going through your exercise routines. You may also put up a framed yoga chart on one of the walls.

Have sufficient lighting in the space. A poorly lit space feels depressing. Ceiling mounted LED lighting fixtures are the best option for this space. This type of fixtures is energy efficient and does not emit heat like regular incandescent lamps. For larger rooms, buy fixtures with dimmer option. You will be able to save some energy when you are not using a particular part of your room. Don’t block the windows for any reason. Let sunlight flow into this space. Its presence will make the space brighter and healthier for regular use.