How to set up a home gym: tips and advice
If there is one thing we have learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is the importance of a healthy lifestyle. We all know that to achieve this, it is not enough to eat a balanced diet, rich in a wide variety of foods, but we must also have a weekly exercise routine. One is not more important than the other; food is the fuel we use to get us moving, while we need exercise to stay healthy.
During the months of confinement, many of us felt obliged to improvise or set up a gym in a disused room. All this in order to get active and do a bit of exercise, without forgetting our healthy habits.
But, seen now with a bit of perspective… Did we choose the right space to install our gym at home? Do we know what a gym should look like and what materials are the best for its construction? From Molins Design we propose you today some ideas to set up a professional gym at home. Pick up our advice and the list with the best recommended brands to create the vital space that will help you to achieve a healthier life.
Why set up a home gym?
Without a doubt, the fitness trend is here to stay. More and more of us are joining the benefits of a healthy diet, supported by continuous exercise over time. Hence, going to the gym and spending an hour a day exercising our bodies is, for the vast majority, synonymous with physical and mental wellbeing.
Of course it is not. Training at home will never be the same as training in a sports centre, although creating a gym at home offers several advantages that should also be taken into account:
– If you decide to invest in the construction of a home gym, you will be able to use it at any time of the day.
– In addition, you will be free to place the home training kit that best suits your workout routine, with the machinery and accessories you want. A space that is personalised down to the smallest detail, to be enjoyed alone or with the family.
– By setting up a home gym you will also avoid the laziness of leaving work, going home to change clothes and finally going to the sports centre you are enrolled in.
– Finally, setting up a fitness area in your home will save you time and a lot of other headaches.
Contrary to what you may be thinking, setting up a home gym is not as expensive as it sounds. The key is knowing how to choose the right materials to create a gym that is both practical and functional. For this reason, one of our first pieces of advice is to adapt the equipment and machines needed to exercise at home according to the available budget you have. Little by little, and as your daily exercise routine grows, you can gradually expand the equipment in your home gym.
Steps to setting up a private gym
Below, we list everything you need to take into account when designing a home gym. Remember! As with most interior design projects, this guide may be altered, depending on whether we are talking about a refurbishment or a new build.
So, if you have any doubts or do not know how to do it, we recommend that you consult our design and interior design studio about the steps to follow to set up a home gym correctly.
You can also ask us about the materials that will best suit your new fitness space, those that combine with the rest of the decoration and style of your home.
The first thing to do is to choose the ideal space to locate our home gym. A home gym can be located in the bedroom, in the living room, in a garage or even in a basement. Everything will depend on the space available in the home, as well as the resources the homeowner has at hand to adapt their unused spaces and turn them into daily activity areas.
In any case, there is no perfect location to install or set up a home gym. As long as this new room in our home does not interfere with the basic function of any other space, we will have achieved success.
The materials used to set up a gym in a loft are not the same as those used in a basement. For this reason, the basic equipment for a home gym must be exclusive and designed for a specific home.
Of course, there are certain brands that specialise in equipment and machinery for setting up home gyms. We usually rely on the expertise of Technogym, TRX or Salter, three brands that we will talk about in more detail later.
For our gym to be 100% functional, we must take into account certain maintenance guidelines. Something that seems fundamental, but that in many cases we forget. It is important that the function of this new room in the home is solely that of physical activity. If we start to place other elements or accessories, we will fall into the error of creating a pointless room.
Once you have the equipment you are going to use in your home gym, think about its maintenance. Many of these accessories will need to be serviced and started up from time to time so that they don’t break down and stop working. As we have said, and as your fitness routine increases, you should also think about improving and expanding your physical activity area.
22 February 2024