How to create a home gym

If you’re looking to improve or maintain your fitness but don’t want to pay for a gym membership or don’t have the time to visit a gym – then why not turn a spare space in your home into a home gym?! 

Even in the smallest of spaces, you can create an effective environment to exercise and stay healthy. Here’s our top tips on how to convert an unused space into a home gym. 

Choose your space

Having a home gym means you can work out at whatever time is most convenient for you. There’s no travelling, no crowded equipment, and no membership fee to pay!

When you’re thinking about where to set up your home gym, consider how much space you need for the types of workouts you will be doing. If your workouts are cardio based, with little equipment needed, you could transform a snug room. Alternatively, if your workouts are strength based and you need room for more equipment, a garage or external garden pod are great options. 

Choose your equipment 

There’s plenty of home gym equipment to choose from, even if you’re on a budget! It all depends on your training style. 

Some of the basics include a fitness mat, resistance bands and skipping rope. If you’re after a full cardio workout, invest in machines such as an exercise bike, treadmill, or cross trainer. All these are great for building endurance and working your whole body. 

If you’re looking to build up your strength, go for items like dumbbells, kettlebells, barbell, and medicine balls. If you have the space, a workout bench is a great addition for your weighted exercises. 

Personalise your space

To keep yourself motivated, make your home gym somewhere where you want to be working out. Public gyms often don’t have a personalised feel and can be a boring environment. 

To make it a practically and visually motivating space, think of what a public gym hasn’t got that you could incorporate into your own. Such as mirrors to make the space feel bigger, padded flooring and coloured lighting. A key aspect of transforming any room in your house is personalisation, so make your home gym fun with a colour theme, sound system and mini fridge. 

Stay motivated 

After spending your time and money on a home gym, it’s important to make sure you stay motivated and keep to your routine. 

It all seems enjoyable at first, but many fall at the first hurdle. So, to keep your workouts engaging, switch up your exercises each week so you don’t get bored of repetitive workouts. 

If you struggle to stay motivated when working out alone, why not workout with a friend or partner. You can encourage each other through the exercises or even have a competition!

Creating a gym in your home is a great way to utilise unused space and to keep fit at home. Many of our new build homes feature multiple living areas and private garage space, which you could transform into your own home gym. 

Take a look at our fantastic range of new build homes here!