Whether you’re working remotely from home, or just tired of paying for that monthly membership, we believe you can sweat on your schedule with a home gym.
If there is any year to bring the convenience of a home gym into your own home, 2020 is the year. Over the past 6 months we’ve seen home owners explore the idea of adding mini-yoga studios, cardio rooms, and weight rooms into their homes, and frankly, we love the idea. Here’s a follow up on one of our posts earlier this year when we first planted the idea of making your next home reno a home gym. In this post we’ll add some key considerations for you before you get in touch with us to plan out your next reno!
What does your family need in your home gym?
A home gym is an investment in health for both you and your family. So it’s important to ask, how does your family like to sweat? Key to success is understanding early on in the planning process exactly which machines and set ups you’d like to include in your space, versus how much space you have. For example, with most cardio machines, you’ll need about 6 to 8 feet by 4 feet for the machine itself. With a treadmill, you’ll want a couple of feet around the perimeter and 6 feet behind it for safety. A treadmill also needs sturdy floor support to handle the vibration and pounding.
So ask yourself, which of the following items are a must in your home gym, and which are nice to haves;
- Cardio machine(s) like a treadmill, Peloton or spin bike, bike trainer, rowing machines, or eliptical machines
- Larger items like a squat rack or a multi-gym, a large piece of equipment that allows you to do different strength moves with a range of weight (usually in a seated position)
- Interactive home gyms such as Mirror and Tonal ($1,500 and up), where a virtual trainers (via a large display) walk you through moves for a variety of workouts—including Pilates, boxing, and yoga.
- Racks for dumbbells and space for a weight bench
- Stretching or yoga space.
Home Gym Flooring
You might already have an unfinished basement space with concrete floor, but be warned: That’s not going to cut it. The poor traction and lack of impact shock absorption can lead to injuries from slips and falls and cause chronic joint pain. Concrete is just as unforgiving to your equipment, especially if you drop a weight. Unless working out in a gym of horrors is your thing, use the concrete as a subfloor instead and invest in a more fitness-friendly option to put on top.
The right home gym floor can increase stability, reduce body impact, and boost plyometric power. It will also help keep your subfloor protected from scuffs, scratches, and cracks. When choosing a surface, consider the space, the type of equipment you’ll need, and what exercises you’ll be performing. From rubber to foam to cork to turf and more, here are seven flooring options for your workouts.
There are a few different options for flooring your home gym (we’ll get into the details in another post!);
Best Versatility Rubber – Price Range: $4/sqft – $200/sqft
Best Portability: Foam – Price Range: $3/sqft – $10/sqft.
Most Practical: Vinyl – Price Range: $1.00/sqft.- $8.00/sqft.
Best for Athletic Training: Artificial Turf – Price Range: $5.00/sqft.- $10/sqft.
Best Design: Wood – Price Range: $15/sqft.-$25/sqft.
Most Eco-friendly: Cork – Price Range: $5/sqft. – $20/spft.
Home Gym Lighting
When considering your lighting options, natural light is always the best choice so if adding or opening windows and skylights is an option for you, it’s your best course of action. But many of us use space in our basements for our home gyms making the addition of a skylight a little bit trickier. So for the rest of us, there are some important features we’re looking for when we think about lighting up your space:
- Doesn’t produce a lot of heat
- Energy efficient
- Doesn’t steal too much height when mounted on the ceiling
- Light up the spaces you use
- Letting you see everything you’re doing.
- The right color temperature: around 5000K
- Make your gym look more inviting
What is the best lighting for your gym? For a home gym, the best lighting option is a number of LED down lights. Mount the lights in 3’-4’ intervals on the ceiling. The total system should have an output of about 400 lux per square meter at a color temperature of 5000K. LED replacements for fluorescent tubes can be a cheaper alternative.
Create a Home Gym with Atmosphere
A final consideration is making your home gym into a space where you’re excited to spend time and where you have everything you need for a good sweat. think about your favourite studios and spaces where you’ve spent time, and ask yourself what created that atmosphere. Were there great beats pounding over the sound system? A ballet barre along a mirrored wall? What colour were the walls? All of these contribute to making the mood right for your workout.
Key considerations for creating atmosphere include:
- Sound system
- Room colour palette
- Special coloured lighting
- Decor like plants, posters, or other items like scent diffusers
- Extra pieces of equipment like matts and dumbbells to have a friend join you for a workout
- Other tech like TV to for entertainment on those long treadmill runs
Curious about what we can do for you to create the home gym you love? Use the form below to reach out for a consultation. Already have an idea of what you want your home gym to look like? Feel free to share your ideas/images/pinterest board with us when we sit down to talk!