It can be very tricky to get the motivation to train or find the time to hit the gym on a regular basis, which is why people often abandon their training ambitions sooner rather than later before they start to see the results they’re looking for.
Gym floors can also be very intimidating spaces if you’ve not spent much time in one before, but there is one way to get around all of this and that’s to create your very own at-home gym, complete with all the equipment you need.
Even if you don’t have a huge amount of space, you can still set aside some room for some gym equipment, particularly if you want to do weight training. Your weights can be tucked away somewhere when not in use, ready to be brought out at a moment’s notice.
However, if you are lucky enough to have a big room (or even a garage), you could really go all out and design a brilliant exercise space that you enjoy training in, a space that helps you hit your gym goals sooner rather than later. To help you do just that, here are some top tips from the Elite Wear team for designing your own at-home gym. Enjoy!
Mirrors are really useful tools to have if you’re getting into the gym and exercise. Depending on what you’re doing, it’s really important to keep an eye on your form and if you install mirrors across all four walls, you’ll be able to see yourself from a variety of different angles, which can help you achieve your goals more quickly and ensure you stay safe as you train.
Consider flooring options
There are lots of different materials you could consider for your new gym. You need to pick something that will provide you with lots of grip, as well as not buckling under the pressure of lots of heavy gym equipment.
Weigh up the benefits of rubber or vinyl as flooring materials, or even something like laminate flooring. Vulcanised rubber may well be the way to go, however, a material that’s often used in commercial gym settings.
Factor in storage
A cluttered and messy gym won’t be safe to train in, so it’s important that you build storage into the space so you can tidy everything away when not in use.
Don’t forget your lighting system
You need to be able to see what you’re doing when you’re training, for safety reasons as well as being able to monitor your form. Optimising the amount of natural light in your gym is a good first step to take.
From there, you can start to think about recessed lighting in the ceiling, spotlights above your equipment and any task lighting you need at lower levels in the room.
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