Staying physically active is vital for your well-being, but sometimes just the mere thought of working out on the same bench or an exercise bike as someone else did makes your stomach turn.

Gyms tend to be very stifling and often unsanitary due to all the different people switching from machine to machine, which makes you want to seriously consider building a workout nook at your home.

Not only will you have all the privacy you want and need, but by building a gym at home, you’ll be able to set it up exactly the way that suits you best.

If you’re ready to create a big, mean iron-pumping machine in your home, you’ll need a little bit of preparation and guidance to help you along the way.

Find a Good Spot

Before you start planning how you want your home gym to look, you should think about the space that you live in and if it’s big enough to accommodate a workout sanctuary too.

Is your garage empty of cars and large vehicles and has enough space to accept a few gym machines? Or maybe your basement is big enough to become a home gym?

The attic is another good option in case you don't have a spare room to turn into a gym. Think about the size of all the equipment you need, plus enough space between them to move and possibly workout with other family members too.

You should have enough space to keep the room airy and make the most of your workouts.

Make Sure It’s Workout-Friendly

Another aspect to consider before making the final decision in which room you want the home gym to be is if the room has proper ventilation to prevent the air from becoming too stifling.

You’ll want to be cool enough during warmer months and warm enough when the temperatures go down. It would be good to use the room with loads of light, preferably natural. If adding more windows isn’t an option, then consider lighting that mimics natural light well.

To boost oxygen levels in the room you’d want to have a plant or two in the corners. Spider plants or bamboo palms will both look appealing and purify the air well.

Invest in Quality Equipment

After you’ve chosen the room for the gym, it’s time you decided on the equipment that you’ll work out on. Olympic barbell and weight plates are often the first to come to mind, along with mats and cardio equipment.

A treadmill will be perfect for doing your morning or evening runs and a jump rope will help you improve your cardio.

Look up exercise bikes as well and consider having one in your gym too for when you want to do your cycling indoors. An adjustable bench, elliptical, and an adjustable dumbbell will also be a good addition to your home gym.

If you have some space left after you've bought all the aforementioned equipment, you can also consider more massive equipment and machines that will maybe help you do more whilst pumping iron.

If you plan on doing yoga or want to focus more on core strengthening invest in foam rollers too. You should pay attention to how much space you have and shop accordingly. The last thing you want is to end up with too many items that you can't fit in your home gym.

Organize the Gym Space Well

You’ll want your gym to be the place where you’ll feel motivated to break a sweat, so you should organize it accordingly. Once all the equipment has arrived and been placed where you want it, you should work on the finishing touches.

Adding mirrors will make the room look bigger and brighter and will allow you to see yourself as you workout so that you know if you’re doing the exercises right.

Motivational posters, a TV, or a stereo in the gym would also be great ideas, helping you go through your workouts quicker and make them more fun.

To keep the smaller items in place, instead of scattered around the floor, install shelves or cubbies to store the equipment. Think about adding foam flooring too. Not only can that offer more comfort during workouts, but it can also protect your equipment.

Final Thoughts

Having an at-home gym is more convenient than having to hunt for a free machine at the gym and think if one or 20 people have used it before you.

Not only will you save the money on transportation and membership, but you'll also be able to work out whenever you want and without having to rush because somebody else wants to ride an exercise bike or run on a treadmill.

Just remember to pick a big enough room for the gym and invest in quality equipment to make sure you're working out right and are safe from accidents.

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