We had recently shared a few tips for setting up a fitness centre in your home. Following our past post, we’re back with one more guide on space requirements for a home gym, where we will mainly focus on two things: first, we will provide you a brief answer to how much floor space is needed to create an exercise room in your house. Secondly, we will share some dos and don’ts for designing a home gym.
So, without further ado, let’s get fit!
Space Requirements for a Home Gym
Staying fit and healthy is a necessity rather than an option, but not everyone is lucky enough to manage a slot from their routine to head to a gym regularly. Not to mention the current situation, where the effects of Coronavirus can be clearly seen on day-to-day activities in most parts of the world. People are practising social distancing and avoiding public spaces, including gyms, offices, shopping malls, and mass transit. So, that’s where the idea of creating a home gym plays an important role.
Owing to the current situation, you might be planning to utilise some extra space in your house for cardiovascular and meditative exercises. At this point, you must be wondering as to how much floor space is needed for a home gym. Well, wonder no more! We have a definite answer to the aforementioned question. That being said, the general space requirements for the best home gym setup varies on personal preferences and some other factors that we have mentioned below.
- If you are planning to build a simple space for yoga or other physical activities with no gear – a fitness space that doesn’t need heavy equipment and machinery – the required space for such activities could be around 20 sqft to 30 sqft. There are a lot of activities that can be done in this space, such as jump rope, yoga, bodyweight, Leslie walk, HIIT workouts, cardio moves, and even dance.
- On the other hand, if you are aiming to design a space that will require cardio gear, heavy machinery, and weight lifting equipment, you will need a bigger space. The space requirements for a home gym [aforementioned type] is around 30 sqft to 50 sqft.
For further details on the price of building a home gym, check out our recently published blog, where we have listed all the basic and must-have gym equipment and machinery along with their estimated rates in Pakistan.
Setting up a Home Gym – Some Dos and Don’ts for Designing
It is no secret that home gyms are gaining popularity, mainly for three reasons: they save time, commute expenses, and offer greater privacy. Considering all this, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that adding a dedicated space for physical activities and fitness to your home will also add value to your home. This necessity is directly connected to mental and physical well-being – something priceless.
Owing to the increasing popularity of home gym, we have listed some home gym essentials and dos & don’ts of designing the best home gym setup:
- Natural lighting and ventilation are two extremely crucial elements for a home gym. So, avoid using ill-ventilated and poorly lit spaces [such as a garage or basement] to create a home gym.
- If you are short on space, add simple and multi-purpose machinery and equipment. Buy yoga mats, dumbbells, a combo of cycling & elliptical, and other such gym gear that can make it look spacious and compact.
- Develop your personal floor plan and utilise the space in the best possible manner.
- Keep bigger machinery and equipment against the walls while smaller ones in the middle of the room. This trick will enable you to maximise the space and allow the circulation of air.
- The ideal gym flooring option is rubber flooring. Firstly, it doesn’t restrict exercise and movements. Secondly, it feels soft on the feet and makes standing, running, or walking extremely comfortable.
- The best home gym setup is always personalised according to the owner’s needs. Add full walled-mirrors, music systems, and screens to make your workout session more enjoyable and professional.
- Make sure the wiring across the room is properly laid out, so the electrical equipment can be added later without making anything look tacky.
- A home gym should also smell nice and pleasant to promote a sense of well-being.
Besides all this, the best home gym setup is always welcoming and neutral. As an owner, it is your responsibility to make sure that there aren’t any discouraging or demotivating elements in the room. From colour to flooring, everything should motivate you and create interest.
So, these were some designing tips for the best home gym setup. We have tried to cover all the necessary aspects and things to have in your home gym and personal fitness centre. We have also narrowed down the space requirements for a home gym in small spaces in Pakistan. If you feel that we’ve missed anything, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moreover, if you are thinking of incorporating some homemade gym equipment into your workout sessions or looking for some ideas to make home gym with no or less money, do not forget to stop by our recently compiled ideas for DIY home gym equipment.
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