How to design a Home Gym?

Like the doctor says, all it takes is a little exercise to fix some of life’s smaller problems. It lifts your spirits, prevents weigh-gain, helps you battle heart disease and other conditions, and makes you look and feel great. But lets face it, it’s a bummer to get started. In fact, some of us find it more of a hurtle just to get ready and get to the gym then the actual workout itself.  Which is why introducing a gym into your home minimizes the opportunity to make excuses. And say good-bye to the those expensive memberships. With all that money saved up you can integrate a beautiful gym into your home, and a beautiful life-style.

Gyms can be created out of any awkward space, which is why its becoming a popular integration into these old NYC apartments. This example has the important equipment sitting at the bottom of the stairs in this NYC duplex.

Another small gym created in space that would end up being storage. Moving around some of your things to the attic can clear out just enough room to fit in what you need to get yourself off the couch and onto the stair-master.

Or better yet, clear out the house of all your unwanted clutter and turn the attic into the gym. This project wont just get you back into shape but also clear your mind and spirit, and obviously raise the price of your home by exploiting more useable square-footage.

Sometimes all you have is a strip of space along a hall or cabinet. Which is all the space you need for Yoga or Pilates. Just roll up and hide those bright, eye-sore mats and tuck them away in a piece of furniture. Love the furniture piece here as well. Very locker-chic.

When I say gym, that doesn’t mean you have to splurge on all the latest equipment and work-out gear. In fact, all you need is to find something that brings up that heart-rate and you are good to go. This means you can coordinate your workout in any room. Forget the ceiling to floor mirrors and rubber floors, this bathroom/exercise room does just the trick. Find a place you feel happy is the perfect place for your gear.

Many of my clients struggle on where to hang their collected sports memorabilia. And it’s true, many of these pieces look classless and out of place. But not anymore, sports memorabilia and exercise rooms go hand and hand. It’s a great visual goal to set yourself as you run off those extra pounds.

Make it a family affair by incorporating fun kids crafts into the room. I love these fun, Popsicle-like handing lighting fixtures that plays on with the kids crafting corner. This is a great example of using up all the space you have in your home.

Of course many of these city townhouses just don’t have the room. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have the resources to add exercise activities. This eventful children’s bedroom has lots of things to do, built with a small climbing wall, basketball court and punching bag.
One my favorite professional designs would be this classy home gym.  The designer left plenty of room to change its purpose if you choose to move the gym equipment into another space. I love the molding around the over-sized mirror and built-in entertainment center. Its important to remember to add entertainment to your workout room. A flat screen can do just the trick to get your mind off all those miles.
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