It seems like every year people have the same New Year’s resolution, GET MORE EXERCISE! And while those people who resolve to exercise more diminishes by February, experts say those folks who have a dedicated space at home are more likely to stick with it. What are the design elements that will keep you motivated to keep going year round? See the pictures below.

Embrace The Home Gym

You should opt for dedicated home fitness space that balances style and function. When you have a space that has only the workout items YOU use, you’re more likely to want to fit in a workout. A room full of bulky equipment is no longer a must. Room for stretching and a select few anchor pieces, yoga or functional training may be a better use of space.

Choose The Right Spot

Before you decide what activity or what kind of machines you want to use, focus on choosing the right place in your home to setup your gym. In Texas, most home gym’s are in the garage and that has its advantages of a concrete floor that can handle the weight of heavy equipment and weights better than other rooms.

That being said, heading into a room that’s not temperature controlled may not be as inviting as a room that feels good year round and has lots of natural light. Try to find a spare bedroom or good chunk of a main room to dedicate some space. Choosing a location that’s a little more isolated might also help you focus.

Consider The Setup

You should ask yourself a few questions when setting realistic goals for your workout space. Think about:

  • What’s your budget?
  • How many people will be using the space?
  • How much space will you need?
  • What are you trying to accomplish with the gym?
  • How much space will you need?
  • What type of training will you be doing?

The answers to these questions can help drive the direction of your design. But you need to be honest with yourself too. Just because you’ve heard the latest and greatest machine burns the most calories doesn’t mean you’ll have enough room for it in your space. You don’t want to cram a bunch of equipment into a small space because you just won’t use it. Also PRO TIP: Never put a treadmill where it will throw you into a wall if you fall while running. Too many “treadmill fails” on YouTube will tell you why.

Focus On The Floor

The flooring is not only a safety consideration but an aesthetic one that sets the tone for the rest of the space. The Pros say, “Think of the floor as your fifth wall. It’s foundational, so if you do one splurge, rip out the carpet.” For the photo shown above, this Denver-area home gym paired a commercial rubber gym floor with calming bamboo veneer panels and an accordion window wall. This way the exterior wall folds completely out of the way so they can work out or do yoga either indoors or out. Other popular home gym flooring include vinyl, foam, hardwood or cork.

Shape A Positive Space

The Pros emphasize the importance of a home gym’s atmosphere and mood, which can play a big role in how much use it will get. Elements such as lighting, window view and sense of organic calm are essential. The white walls, large windows and warm wood decor to tie in with the view of the outdoors as in the picture above. Health is just as much about the physical as the mental.

Don’t Skimp on Details

To truly compete with a fully stocked commercial gym, you might consider polishing off the space by adding purposeful amenities such as shoe storage, water, a music or TV system, potted plants, artwork or other decorative details. Keep things organized so that functional items are accessible but in a way that is curated and still beautiful. For example, a nice wood pegboard to put water bottles in and to hang jump ropes/stretch bands on rather than stuff just being collected in a pile on the floor.

Stick To It

In the end, a home gym is an investment that can save you money on a pricey gym membership. Plus it makes your everyday routine more convenient. Just think, you can use your own shower and you don’t have to wipe off other people’s sweat from your stuff or wait for equipment. So create that beautiful space and stick with it!