A home gym can range from a fitness mat with 2 dumbbells to a fully kitted out room with cardio machines, a weights station and a TV. It really depends on what you need and the space that you have, but this should be personalised for you, instead of merely following whatever is trendy.
Fitness equipment can be costly, especially if you are getting the good quality luxurious fitness equipment, so you want to ensure that they get lots of use!
We like to follow a 3-step process (derived from NASM, the National Academy of Sports Medicine) when designing a home gym.
1. Planning and Preparation
We like to ask you a whole bunch of questions during this step. Why is a home gym needed? Who will use this gym? Will you be sharing the equipment with your spouse or children? Will you be exercising at the same time?
Where will the home gym be located in the house, and how large is the space? Is it suitable? For example, you might need to have special flooring to protect hardwood floors.
If you intend to have your home gym in a shared area like in the living room or the study, then you want to ensure that firstly, they do not look messy or unsightly and that there is sufficient storage space.
It is also important to consider the electrical supply as many machines need to be plugged in. Most of the equipment we tend to curate are powered by your own energy but you might still want to have a television in your home gym.
It is also useful to have a budget in mind of how much you want to spend.
2. Fitness Goal Alignment
Again we ask a lot of questions here. What are your short term and long term fitness goals? Are you a professional athlete training for a competition, or are you a health seeker looking to maintain your fitness level? Do you have a weight loss goal that you are trying to achieve? What are some of the injuries you have? Are there any physical limitations?
We like to design the space according to the exercises that you are most interested in, your fitness goals and the amount of time that you are likely to set aside for working out each day.
We also work with some of the best fitness professionals who can help you customise a plan to achieve your goals. For substantial health benefits, adults should do at least 150 to 300 minutes a week of moderate-intensity, or 75 to 150 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity or an equivalent combination of both.
3. Equipment Selection
This should align with the space, your fitness goals, interests and budget. Here we work with you to curate and design a beautiful space that you would want to use every day. It is important that you are motivated to use the equipment!
Most often, you would be able to work on your Endurance, Strength and Flexibility with just a handful of functional fitness accessories as we carry dumbbells, kettlebells, skipping ropes, yoga mats and more from PENT. But if you have the space and can afford some cardio machines like a rowing machine, a treadmill or a beautiful stationary bike, then we have you covered with our range from NOHrD and Ciclotte.
Speak to our team at Cycling Bears today to help you build your home gym! You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a visit to our showroom so we can help you design your space.