Do you give yourself the promise of working out more often as a new year arrives? Many of us feature fitness among the new year’s eve resolutions but only a few manage to pull through and really make the change happen.
Going to the gym isn’t always financially possible and you may also lack the time. Having your own gym at home will be linked to a much higher level of convenience. If you have all of the necessary equipment in your apartment in Singapore, you’ll probably start exercising more regularly.
Our Singapore interior design company has worked on multiple such projects through the years and we’d like to address one very common misconception about home gyms. These projects can be affordable. It’s also not necessary to carry out a major living space modification to accommodate for the home gym. Based on our experience, here are a few of the easiest and most effective suggestions for designing a home gym.
How Much Space Do You Have?
First, you need to go through some practical considerations before actually researching gym equipment.
Where will the home gym be located and how much space can you dedicate to it? If you can’t answer these questions on your own, get an interior designer to do a home walk-through with you. A professional will quickly tell you which room or space is best suited for the purpose.
A home gym doesn’t have to be massive but you’ll still need some room to stretch and do a full range of exercises. It’s up to you to decide whether you’re going to dedicate an entire room to the gym or if you’ll create a functional zone in your living room, for example.
Consider Essential Kinds of Equipment
Gym equipment can be quite expensive, even if you get appliances for at-home use.
Thus, you need to set your budget and think about machines/pieces of equipment that can be used to do multiple things.
A stationary bike is a typical choice for the cardio portion of the exercise. It doesn’t occupy a lot of space and you can modify the intensity as your stamina grows. Some people may want to get a treadmill or an elliptical machine. Think about the type of cardio exercise you like doing and get as machine you will not get tired of easily.
A few other home gym essentials you’ll need include a bench, a barbell and plate set, dumbbells and a rack for their organisation.
If you prefer different types of exercises, focus your budget on specialised equipment. Ladies that like aerobics, for example, may want to invest in a stepper, resistance bands and an exercise ball. Alternatively, you can get equipment like a punching bag, kettlebells or even a spinning bike.
Bright white is a great colour for your home gym because it will make you feel energised. Warm tones like yellow, peach and orange, for example, tend to have a relaxing effect and this isn’t what you want for a home gym.
A good source of light will also be imperative.
LED lights are ideal for general illumination and for functional areas. There are numerous light warmth opportunities available. In addition, LEDs are very energy-efficient.
Finally, the placement of a full-length mirror in a gym (whether professional or at home) isn’t a question of vanity. Maintaining proper form is imperative to make the most of exercises and prevent injuries. Watching yourself doing a particular exercise enables you to spot errors and improve your form.
Gym Flooring – Tremendously Important!
Gym flooring is the next key element to focus on. Flooring in a gym does a lot more than play a decorative role. It should be resilient and it should also minimise the hazard of slips and falls.
Good flooring materials for a home gym should provide at least a little bit of cushioning. Rubber (probably the best and the most cost-efficient option), vinyl, foam, artificial turf and even standard thick carpeting can all be practical choices for the home gym.
Wood and cork are two other good possibilities. A wooden floor, however, can be quite expensive. There’s also some risk of damage if you’re using heavy appliances and weights. Cork is a sustainable choice, plus it’s very durable. Cork is shock, mildew and mould-resistant. As such, it should definitely be included among the most practical and desirable home gym flooring options.
Sound System and Technology
Finally, you’ll have to decide if you’ll opt for built-in audio options or a portable sound system. The choice is up to you as both of these opportunities come with benefits.
If you have a dedicated gym space and you’re not using a section of the living room, consider the installation of a television screen on one of the walls. The addition is great for people who like to do online workout programs and classes.
As time goes by and you use your gym frequently, you’ll determine which aspects of the original design can be modified and which ones should be kept. You will also expand the range of equipment with more advanced options, replacing some of the first pieces you bought. What matters is focusing on safety and activities that make you happy/get you feeling healthy.
Home Guide’s team loves working on such functional spaces in Singapore apartments. If you want to get started with a home gym project, we’re the team for the job. Contact us today and give us some idea about what you want to accomplish. We will come up with a personalised proposal that takes into consideration all of your requirements.