During the COVID-19 pandemic, something that became somewhat of a craze was to build a home gym, but as the UK returns back to a new normal, home gyms have continued to experience unprecedented growth as they have become a luxury accessory to a home.
Building your own home gym is no easy feat and obviously, there are lots of factors you need to consider when you are building one yourself, such as your budget and whether you want to use your gym for weight training or more aerobic exercises.
There is so much information out there about what you should and shouldn’t do, but in this guide, we take you through the main things you need to consider when building a home gym.
Tips on how to build a home gym
- Decide where to build your home gym
- Think of your home gym flooring
- Measure your gym space
- Personalise your gym
- Choose the best home gym equipment for you
Decide where to build your home gym
Before you start any building work or look at the best home gym equipment you can buy, you need to think about where you are going to build your home gym.
The truth is that you can always make room for a home gym and create a space where you can exercise as effectively as you could in the gym, even if you have limited space.
The garage or a spare room are two of the most popular areas of a home that are commonly converted into a home gym. When choosing a place to build your home gym you need to ask yourself whether you have enough space to carry out the exercises you plan to do.
If you are building a luxury home and want to include a gym, then you can design one that suits your needs. You could even install lifts for residential homes to enter the gym and include a separate area for weight training and another space for pilates or yoga.
Think of your home gym flooring
You need to pick the right flooring for your gym as it can protect your equipment, the existing flooring that is already in the room you are developing and even yourself.
Catherine McLaughlin, the marketing manager for BLK BOX Fitness, told us how important it is to start from the ground up when building a home gym.
“We always recommend when looking to build a home gym that you start from the ground up, that means, assign a budget to flooring. Flooring is often overlooked as it isn’t ‘exciting enough’, but it is the foundation for your space and will help the longevity of the floor beneath.”
Some popular types of home gym flooring are:
- EVA foam
- Laminate flooring
- Rubber horse stall mats
- Lifting platform
- Silencer pads
- Rubber flooring
Measure your gym space
Another important thing you need to do before you start buying any gym equipment is to measure the room you are intending to develop into your home gym.
Catherine McLaughlin from BLK BOX Fitness added: “We also recommend that the space is measured correctly and windows, ceiling height and doors are taken into consideration. The BLK BOX Gym Designer allows home gym users to envision their space in 3D before overbuying on equipment that may not fit the space.”
Personalise your gym
One of the great benefits of building a home gym is the fact that you can personalise it and this is where you can have some fun and get a bit inventive.
Below are just some ways you could personalise your gym:
- Posters – no matter whether it is your favourite sports stars, muscly celebrities such as Arnold Schwarzenegger or Dwayne Johnson or workout ideas and charts.
- Sound system – A lot of people love listening to music when they are working out, so if you are one of those people you need to ensure you have a good sound system in place.
- Inspirational quotes – If you need some inspiration, then there are lots of inspirational quotes that you can frame and put up on the wall. The quotes could be from your idols or gym-specific ones.
- Theme/colour scheme – You can paint your gym whatever colour you want or pick a theme for your home gym. It could be themed around a particular sport you love, whether that is football, rugby, tennis, golf etc.
- TV – A great idea if you are following a workout video on YouTube.
Choose the best home gym equipment for you
There are some basic steps that you need to think about before you start buying any equipment for your gym at home. Firstly, you need to figure out how much space you have, then decide on what type of exercises or lifting you’ll be doing, consider a budget and then research reputable brands to buy your equipment.
BLK BOX Fitness shared some more advice about buying gym equipment and told us about the benefits of building a home gym.
“We also encourage people to start with less and then add to their collection in time and allow the space to grow as you do.
“The benefits of owning a home gym are endless. You can avoid the commute, sharing of equipment, waiting on people to finish in the squat rack and ultimately, you can choose the equipment that is most valuable to you and your training goals.”
If you are working to a budget, then you can just buy things over time as you don’t have to buy everything in one go. You are better to avoid buying cheap stuff that is likely to break and will need replacing and instead buy from reputable brands.
Strong Home Gym, which provides up-to-date and transparent advice on exercising from home, also recommend starting off buying just a few pieces of equipment.
“At Strong Home Gym we recommend starting with just four pieces of equipment (for most people):
- A Barbell
- Weight Plates
- A Squat Rack (ideally with a pull-up bar attached)
- A Weight Bench
“Dumbbells are a very close 5th essential piece. But they are actually not necessary for the majority of movements that bring about the biggest results.”
This article shares some top tips about how to build a home gym and what things you need to consider before and during the build. Building a gym is now an added luxury to a home and there are lots of other ways that you can add even more luxury to your house, such as installing internal home lifts and re-designing your outdoor spaces. For more articles like this, check out our blog centre.