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5 Easy Steps To Designing A Home Gym You'll Actually Use

Alex Jones

Alex Jones

Alex Jones is a content creator and writer for Jolly Good Loans. She’s a nifty home improvement enthusiast and loves nothing more than finding affordable approaches to DIY projects and tactical ways to make her income stretch further. Jolly Good Loans is a small informational resource with a mission to bypass the industry jargon and give consumers crystal-clear insights on the various types of loans out there.

5 Easy Steps To Designing A Home Gym

We’ve all been there, haven’t we? Plotting a home overhaul that’ll change a spare room into something exciting and useful, optimising the space and allowing you to bask in the sunlit uplands of your glorious new home gym...

Until six months later you enter your new room only to find it covered in dust, utterly unused, and you resolve never again to try to design a new aspect of your home.

This post aims to change the record with regards to perennial disappointments such as this. We’ll provide some easy, actionable advice that’ll make your home gym the heart of your domestic sphere.

Step #1: Find the Perfect Room

You should start by making sure you’ve picked the correct room for your home gym. It should be readily accessible, yet out of the way enough so you’re not tripping over a treadmill while going about your daily business.

A cellar might seem like an ideal venue for a home gym in the winter months, but during the summer you won’t enjoy running on a treadmill or lifting weights in a hot, artificially lit space. Try to find somewhere with plenty of natural light - such as a room overlooking a garden or a converted garage fitted with new windows.

5 Easy Steps To Designing A Home Gym

If you tend to combine gym workouts with outdoor pursuits, then you should create a place in your home gym to store your cycle equipment amongst other things - instead of investing in a exercise bike you won’t use

Step #2: Provide a Solid Foundation

Often overlooked by home gym builders yet crucial to the success and usability of the space is the floor. It needs to be reinforced to take the weight of well, weights, amongst other heavy gym equipment.

Floor reinforcement is fairly cheap and can come in the form of interlocking tiles, so this step can be easily completed, avoiding nasty structural damage that can occur - especially on upper floors.

Step #3: Only Buy What You’ll Use

While the temptation might be there to design your home gym to look like a commercial gym, complete with a wide array of machines you’re not sure how to operate, this is the wrong step to take.

Instead, focus on what you do use. Love the rowing machine and never set foot on a treadmill? Buy the former, and forget about the latter, as the only customer you’re trying to impress is yourself. Sure, there’s no harm in investing in some equipment you’re curious about but have never tried, but try to keep these purchases small-scale - think a new set of weights rather than a complex cross-trainer.

If you tend to combine gym workouts with outdoor pursuits, then you should create a place in your home gym to store your cycle equipment amongst other things - instead of investing in a exercise bike you won’t use.

5 Easy Steps To Designing A Home Gym

Utilising the rest of your home gym’s space to create a reading snug is a more budget-conscious idea - think of a room laid out in this way as a place where you can train body and mind in total peace and tranquillity!

Step #4: Curate a Relaxation Area

Once your workout is over, you’ll want a place where you can relax and recuperate afterwards. If money is no object, then a tempting option is a hot tub on an adjacent patio or roof terrace. A relaxation area can be of any size and incorporate anything you want, so you don’t need to go for the most opulent option - and besides, you might end up using the hot tub a lot more than the gym itself.

Utilising the rest of your home gym’s space to create a reading snug is a more budget-conscious idea - think of a room laid out in this way as a place where you can train body and mind in total peace and tranquillity.

Step #5: Cancel Your Gym Membership

Seriously. There’s no need to keep paying an expensive membership to your gym once you’ve created a space in your own home for a workout. All this will do is prevent you from using your own gym, wasting the effort you have put into designing your own home fitness area. 

It might be a little painful initially, but cutting that financial cord is essential for the success of your own home gym.

Of course, the proof of whether these steps will work is if you’re still using your home gym six months down the line. We think following these suggestions and adding a splash of your own personality to the space will surely mean that you won’t go crawling back to your local David Lloyd with your tail between your legs.