Do you enjoy working out, but for one reason or another can’t bring yourself to get a gym membership? Well, an increasing number of health conscious homeowners have taken it upon themselves to create their own ideal work out environment in their own Atlanta new home. If you find yourself in this boat, an in-home gym renovation may be in your near future.
Here are just a few crucial factors you need to consider when you start to brainstorm for your in-home gym:
- The Space- Whether you have an unused guest bedroom or a neglected garage space, you need to find an environment in your home where you can feel good about breaking a sweat and really pushing it to the limit. This is why you probably shouldn’t build a gym in or around an office space or kitchen. While it can be nice to watch TV while running on a treadmill or doing some reps, you want to be careful and not have too many distracting elements around your workout zone as this may deter you from getting in satisfactory work out sessions.
- The Weights- Remember you don’t need every machine that the local gyms offer in order to have a comprehensive and challenging workout. If you are in a bit of a financial crunch, you may consider simply starting with a few pairs of dumb bells of various weigh. The range of muscles that can be exercised by using a dumb bell is perfect if you can’t afford a bow flex.
- The Floor- If you are going to work with free weights, you want to be careful and not lift over an area that can’t take a little wear and tear. For instance, steer clear of lifting over nice glossy hardwood floors that you just had installed. Cement garages are great venues for this kind of lifting. If you are working with an all-in-one machine, you can work on nicer flooring without worrying about potential damage. You may also consider installing padded flooring for crunches and other mat exercises.
- The Mirror- While you probably don’t want to install mirrors on every wall of your gym, it helps to have a visual reference to monitor your form in various exercises. It can also psychologically help to see yourself pushing through a difficult set. You don’t need the nauseating wall to wall mirror coverage that many gyms have, but you should consider getting at least one good mirror for your work out space.
- The Tunes- We’ve all seen that guy or girl totally in the zone lifting or running while jamming out to some tunes on their IPods. The power of music is not to be overlooked in the world of personal fitness. So, you should consider bringing a boom box in or even installing a sound system in your gym. You may be surprised to find how much a well-placed jam in the midst of your work out can help you to push it to the limit.
Do you have an in-home gym in your new Atlanta home? If so, what is your favorite aspect? Or, if you don’t have one, what would your dream home gym include? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
Guest post by The BDX