Make sure you have a large enough area to be able to do what you need to do. A small corner could work, but it might not motivate you enough to get moving. Choose somewhere that would be hard to forget about. Basements and extra bedrooms are popular choices, but choosing the room way in the back of the house won’t remind you to workout in the same way as choosing a room with an open door that you can walk past every day.
Lighting has a pretty large impact on your workout. More light sends a signal to your brain for alertness, prompting you to pick up the pace. A dimmer light setting can help set the tone for a more intense and hardcore pace, perfect for those burnouts or cardio sessions. An almost blackout will help you become more relaxed, which is especially helpful when you’re stretching or doing yoga. Opt for a light system that has dimming capabilities, or smart lighting to be able to control the brightness during your workouts.
If you have windows in your home gym, then this will be a breeze. Either way, you want to be comfortable when you’re working out – not stuffy, good circulation, and no odours! To give you an idea, the recommended air replacement rate in a kitchen is 15x per hour, the bathroom is 8x, and other rooms at least 6x. These are minimum rates and a home gym has a more specific need when it comes to ventilation. You can discuss this one of our experts! We’d love to help!
Home gym floors need to be able to support your workouts and be easy to clean! Hardwood is a good option, but it’s more prone to getting scratched and damaged. Carpet won’t be as easily nicked, but trying to keep it clean will prove to be a more challenging feat. Rubber flooring is best – it’s better for shock absorption, easy on the knees, and simple to clean. An alternative is anti-fatigue mats to cover your existing flooring, available at your local building store.
This will be different for everyone – it depends on what kind of workouts and goals you have. Some equipment focuses on cardio fitness (elliptical, treadmill, or stationary bike), while others focus on strengthening and increasing muscles (weights, resistance bands). The pros recommend incorporating a combination of both. Be sure to measure out what you want and match that to your space before making a purchase!
Some extra bonuses that are nice to include in your home gym (but aren’t must-haves) are:
- Mirrors – great for checking out your form out (and staring at your beautiful self)
- Speakers – solid speakers to play music to pump you up and keep you motivated during your workout
- TV – watching something that will keep you on a cardio machine for hours
- Motivational posters – YESTERDAY YOU SAID TOMORROW