When you are designing a home gym it can be challenging due to many factors.  These include the type and size of the gym, equipment used, the environment, your budget, along with additional services that can make a good gym. 

Reasons For A Home Gym

Convienience

Anyone wants to use their time wisely and get as much out of life as possible. Having a home gym can help save both time and money. When you have a home gym, this means less time traveling to the gym before or after work along with battling the crowd at the gym as well.

Having a personal space to workout allows more concentration which means a better workout. This as opposed to having to wait on machines or weights when at a public gym.

Affordable

Concerning the price of a home gym, this will pay for its self in the long term when compared to using a public gym. The basic equipment needed to make a good home gym would be around $ 3,000 give or take when shipping & handling is added. This is with weights and other added equipment that many may not use, so the price could be much less depending on what is needed.

Since the average gym membership is around $20-$30 a month, $3,000 is the equivalent to a little more than 8 years at a gym. If you’re serious about your workouts and go to the gym regularly, having a home gym may be the best option in the long term.

Factors to look at 

 

Space & Location

The amount of space that you have to put a home gym is very important for the following reasons.

  • It will determine the type of equipment you are able to use.
  • Is a factor on the type of training you can do.
  • Should be comfortable and safely laid out.

 

Equipment Needed

The equipment that you will need to complete your workouts is a key factor when designing your home gym for some of the following reasons.

    • It will determine the type of gym you are able to use
    • The main factor is the total space available.
    • Equipment may be too large for the area, but other exercises can be used as substitutes.

Environment

The environment of a gym plays a important role when starting a gym and the following things should be looked at.

Large Room

You should first get the size of the equipment and estimate the total size of room you will need based on this. The number should probably be doubled or tripled in order to have enough space. Other factors such as conditioning or functional exercises should be considered as well.

Lighting & Color

You always want a bright room in order to get a good workout. Preferably try to have at least one window or two windows to look out of. If this is a garage gym, having the main door open will compensate for this.

The color of your gym is a important factor as well, with brighter colors being more motivational. 

Good Ventilation

Having a good ventilator system is very important for a gym since it determines the amount of oxygen available. If this is an indoor gym, then this shouldn’t be a concern, but for something like a garage gym, it is more important. Having both windows, and a main door allow for good ventilation, along with a large floor fan.

Mirrors

Having at least a few mirrors is important not only for motivation with watching yourself do a workout, but also with making sure you’re using the correct form.

Chalk Board

This is important for a home gym since it helps you keep track of your goals. Although you have both online resources, and a notebook to keep track of workouts, a chalkboard is a good thing to have since you can see it while working out.

 

Flooring

The flooring that is used or available is important for the following reasons.

  • Proper flooring will decrease the damage seen to both the floor and equipment.
  • A hard concrete based floor is advised.
  • Padding is important in order to help absorb any shock from weights being dropped.

Budget

The budget or funds that you have is a key factor when starting a home gym for many different reasons. Some of these include:

  • Will determine the type of equipment used
  • Can determine the type of gym one is able to build
  • Will determine the quality of equipment used

Although the above factors  are true concerning the equipment used, quality, durability, as well as guarantee of any equipment should be considered. Purchasing lower quality used equipment may be an option if you don’t have the funds available, then you may be able to get the better equipment later on.

Basement gym

If you are going to start a basement gym, this gives you the most choices. Unlike a garage or apartment gym, a basement gym gives you much more space. This allows for additional pieces of equipment such as a lifting platform, squat cage, as well as a set of dumbbells if needed. If you are starting a gym and have the space, a basement gym is reccomended due to the flexibility that you have.

Garage gym

A garage gym is the most basic type of gym. If you are starting a garage gym, you will need only the very basic equipment. One factor when starting a garage gym is that there are certain pieces of equipment that you will not be able to use. This includes things such as a squat cage due to its size, as well as a set of dumbbells. This is why it is best to go for the option of using a squat rack, as well as a compact set of dumbbells for home use.

Apartment gym

Concerning an apartment gym, you probably have a few more choices when compared to a garage gym. If you need equipment for an apartment gym, you will probably be able to use an extra piece of aerobic equipment such as an elliptical machine or treadmill. The main factor to consider is use of free weights. Due to the weights probably being dropped,  having a unit on the first floor would be best.

The links below are for software that can be used when starting a gym. This should assist you in getting a general idea on what makes a good gym. 

http://www.conceptdraw.com/How-To-Guide/gym-floor-plan

https://www.bobvila.com/articles/279-design-a-home-gym/?bv=relart

https://www.homestratosphere.com/photos/home-gyms/

https://www.edrawsoft.com/template-gym-design-floor-plan.php

Other Factors

Area for massage and Accupuncture

These are two great types of therapy to be used after a workout in order to relieve pressure from a hard workout. It wouldn’t have to be after each workout, but if you have the finances, these are great services to use periodically.

Area for yoga and meditation

Most individuals with a home gym focus solely on the workouts, but using a small amount of time prior to or after a workout for some form of meditation will help you relax, decrease stress, and maintain your focus.

Young woman practicing yoga in an urban studio

Sauna

If you have an indoor gym and want to have a good post workout relaxation, using a sauna will help draw out any stresses you may have.

Overall, of the three types of home gyms mentioned, each will give you the results that you are looking for concerning your goals. Also, regardless of the type of gym you are designing, it comes at a very affordable cost. There are numerous layouts that can be used depending on the area you have. All of the factors mentioned concerning the environment of the gym, ones budget, as well as the type of gym should be considered  This information provided will help you start the best home gym for your personal fitness goals.

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20 Thoughts to “Types of home gyms”

  1. Erick Darke

    Personally speaking a apartment setup would be the best .the only factor would the dropping of free weights so yes some form of padding would be definitely necessary. Iam not so sure about a garage .If you have to do a workout outside Why not just set it up your back yard .Ideally the basement gym would be the best since more space and you drop the weights without disturbing any one .Excellent article keep up the good work

    1. Justin Dew

      Thanks, I’m trying to put as much helpful information out as possible. I agree with you too on the having a gym in the yard, that would be nice. You’d just need a place to store everything, or at least the expensive things. Also, the basement would be the best place especially if its a livable area, but either way you’d have more space. Thanks for the reply.

  2. I am glad you mentioned the basement gym. We are planning to build a small gym in the house, but we are not sure if it is going to be in the basement (just part of our basement) or the garage. Now, we know where we`re going to have it.
    But, I am only thinking basic ones, not sure about the squat cage though.
    Thanks for your article.
    All the best!

    1. Justin Dew

      You’re welcome, I’m glad I could help. Let me know if you have any questions.

  3. I have an apartment with an extra bedroom and have been looking for ways to turn it into an exercise room. Personally, I prefer strength training over cardio. I saw that you mentioned free weights, but do you have any other suggestions for strength training equipment?

    Best wishes,
    Colleen

    1. Justin Dew

      Hi Colleen,

      That’s A good idea as far as using the bedroom is concerned if that is your only option. If you have a limited amount of space, then you could use a multi purpose gym that comes with different exercises to do. This would fit your basic needs concerning strength training. I have some posts concerning a few of these pieces of equipment. They shouldn’t be too hard to find. Also, if you wanted to use some adjustable dumbbells, they take up only a very small space. I hope this has helped. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  4. This is a very comprehensive plan for designing a gym, it’s very helpful. What type of equipment would be suitable for 55 – 85 year old ladies? I personally like the inversion table, is that considered gym equipment or does that fall under therapy machines…? Thank you for this post.

    1. Justin Dew

      Hi Kimberleigh,

      I believe that the inversion table probably falls more under a therapy category. It is good to use as far as enlongation of the spine is concerned. For someone in the age range you mentioned, it is safe to use dumbbells if you use the correct form. This works muscles that a machine which isolates the muscle would not. You can also use a multi purpose gym which has multiple exercises to do. This comes in the form of using a stack of weights, or with some you can use free weights. I hope I have answered your questions. Let me know if you have any more questions.

  5. After reading this article, I feel inspired to create my gym at home. I know the feeling, a mix of excitement but nervousness with the hope that everything goes smoothly. The truth is, a gym at home can become very expensive if you don’t know exactly what to look for. This article filled me with the knowledge and courage to take on this daunting project!
    Thank you for your good work.

    1. Justin Dew

      Hi Tina,

      I’m glad that I was able to help you in your progress of creating a home gym. There is a lot involved in the process, so I hope you are able to get what you need and have a great home gym that fits your goals that you have. Let me know if I can help any.

  6. Thank you for the post. Actually, my husband is a arm wrestler, we are traveling all over Europe and US for competitions. He won a second place in 200 lb category a few years ago in Malaysia in World Armwrestling Competition. As you discovered we have a lot of different kind of equipments but they are not very good organized. I’ll take your advice about the music also, we want to rent a house with big sunroom so, we can make it as a gym. Is it good Idea? The houses in GA state don’t have basements.

  7. Justin Dew

    I would say that using a sun room is a very good idea for a gym at home. That’s great and must be an experience being able to travel. I hope you’re able to make a good gym with everything that you need from the information that I was able to come up with. Let me know how things go and if you have any more questions.

  8. John

    At this time all I have for home exercise equipment is a treadmill and some small weights for when I go for walks around the yard and neighborhood. Do you think having a home gym is worth it for a single older person. I do have an extra bedroom for equipment, I just do not want to spend a lot for something I would be the only person using it.
    John

  9. Justin Dew

    I would suggest that if you want to just maintain your strength and not have to go to the gym, maybe getting a assembled home gym like a bowflex or one with weight stacks may be a good option. There are quite a few that are a reasonable cost. Although you can do more with those, if you wanted just to get a bench and an adjustable set of dumbbells, you could get a good workout with just that too.

  10. You gave some great information on creating your own home gym. I kind of thought you would be basically limited to whatever space you had to work with. However, you clearly showed there are different things that should be considered.

    1. Justin Dew

      I tried to at least explain the basics. There’s a lot that goes into it that’s for sure.

  11. CJ

    Excellent article! I agree that the environment, music/video make a huge impact on motivation! A garage gym is how I started. I don’t have to be outside in the winter and it protects the equipment. My equipment grew and now I have some inside too. It’s okay, though I have to be careful with my weights, as you pointed out. I love the idea of using that app to design your gym. I wish I’d come across this article sooner! I’ll check it out. Thanks for sharing.

  12. CJ Carpenter

    wow man I am loving all the info with this. Makes me want to start building my own home gym in my garage for those days I can’t make it to the gym!! I’d love to throw up a free standing pull up bar and a squat rack to get those gains.

    1. Justin Dew

      I’m glad it’s helpful information. I would like to start my own home gym at some point as well since it’s not that expensive. All you need is the space. There are so many different pieces of equipment out there though that it’s hard to know which one is right. Glad this helped.

  13. I enjoyed reading your article. My husband and I are working on putting together a home gym and have been trying to decide on the best placement. We finally settled on using the garage so we can dedicate the space and not have to worry about constantly moving equipment out of the way. I found your tips really useful. Thank you!

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