With more and more people confined to their homes due to the Coronavirus shutdowns and subsequent closing of gyms and fitness centers, lots of homeowners are looking to set up gyms in their homes so they can still get their workouts in. And if you’re going through a move right now and need to transport your gym equipment from one place to another, hiring an experienced residential mover who can handle this type of heavy lifting is key.
The decision to build a personal fitness room in your home is a testament to the commitment you are making to your health and happiness. That said, designing an effective workout routine at home can be daunting, especially when you don’t have access to all the machines and equipment you were used to at your local gym.
Good news is, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to achieve an effective home workout space. In fact, often times, the most efficient exercises require the least amount of room! Add to that the fact that you can customize your gym room to suit your personal tastes, and you get a win-win.
Here are some tips on how you can go about setting up the perfect workout space in your new home.
Create an Atmosphere That Inspires Activity
Who wants to feel like they’re working out in a dungeon? With most home gyms being located in people’s basements, you’ll have to get a bit creative with how you design and decorate it. Your surroundings greatly impact the motivation you will feel, so be sure to fill your gym space with energizing decor.
Inject the room with lots of natural light to give the illusion of a natural workout. Sunlight from windows is best, but in a basement or windowless room, this isn’t always possible. In that case, install recessed lights featuring bright white bulbs to achieve a similar look and feel.
Pick a snazzy color to set the tone for your workout space, such as bright blues, oranges, pinks – or anything else that gets your blood pumping. It’s tough to feel like slacking when you love your space and don’t want to leave it.
Create Enough Space for a Variety of Workouts
When building your home gym, it’s tempting to just pick a spot and cram it full of random equipment. However, this is not the most effective way to design the room. For one thing, you’ll feel much less comfortable in the space if you have to navigate around a bunch of equipment and clutter.
For another, you don’t always need a lot of fancy gadgets to give you the best workout. If you don’t have a treadmill or exercise bike, a jump rope or variety of cardio circuits will work your body just as effectively. Plus, it frees up space for strength training and stretching.
You can also swap out the free weights for some dumbbells, which you can incorporate into your circuits as well. Place each type of equipment into different zones to keep things separate and organized.
Just like at your home town gym, mirrors are a great motivator. Not just for the image-obsessed, they truly help you fine-tune your form and hone in on those tiny imperfections in posture that are impacting your performance. Bonus: lots of mirrors make your small space look much bigger! Plus, any light in the room will reflect back, which essentially doubles the brightness in the room.
Protect Your Floors and Joints
There’s no need to sacrifice your nice floors to your workouts. This is why you should protect them with coverings. And even if you have concrete or old thin carpet that you don’t care much about damaging, the truth is, these surfaces are very hard and can do a number on your body.
Flooring materials that don’t absorb the impact when you run and jump can be jarring, sending that energy traveling back up through your feet and legs. Thus, you are more likely to experience an injury such as shin splints or sprains.
If you have the budget, consider replacing your existing subfloor with basket weave, made from softer woods like maple. If you don’t want to tear up your floors, use commercial-grade interlocking foam mats that will not only protect your floors and feet, but will muffle sound as well.
Try Resistance Band Training
Resistance band training attachments are sought after for their size and versatility. These bands are long rubber tubes that hook through straps and latches to result in a fluid strength training workout that impacts many muscle groups.
This will keep your equipment compact because you can attach the hooks over a door, or hold in place at your feet. When done, simply fold up the bands and put them in a basket or drawer. No bulky space requirements here!
Add Storage Units
Keep your space clear and clutter-free with storage units. Open cubbies are a good idea, especially if they feature some racks for your mats. This way, you can find and access the equipment you need rapidly. Try a lifted shelving system that you can bolt right into the wall for space saving and safety.
Do you like to work out to videos? Add a shelving unit to frame a wall-mounted television, great for storing DVDs, props, and other items. The point is to get off the couch and into the (home) gym. Congratulations: you have now just set up your home workout space and can now start enjoying the benefits.
Contact Best Fit Movers
To get a free quote about your upcoming move, contact Best Fit Movers at 858-943-3628. We can help you move your home gym from one space to another, as we bring all the right safety equipment to get the job done efficiently and safely.