An exercise space or studio at home can vary tremendously – from opulent gyms with resistance machines, racks of dumbbells and a fleet of cardio machines (treadmills, elliptical trainers, exercise bikes, etc.) to a bare space with an exercise mat. Click here for treadmills under $1,000 and click here for elliptical trainers under $1,000.
I’ve been going to a commercial gym since I was 15 years old. During that time I’ve had stints where I work out at home doing yoga and work out programs such as P90X. Regardless how often I attempt a fitness regimen at home, I prefer a gym… but then that may because I don’t have a fully outfitted home gym.
How you design your exercise space and the equipment you choose to buy depends on your fitness regimen. For people into bodyweight workouts such as yoga, a home gym is super simple – just dedicate some space to it. For runners who only need a treadmill, again it’s not that hard to convert a spare bedroom or some basement space into an exercise space.
But, if you’re like me who likes using all kinds of weightlifting machines plus a variety of cardio machines, a home gym is an indulgence.
It’s not just equipment you need – there’s also extras.
Things to remember:
Flooring is a big consideration because you can damage tile, wood and laminate quickly. The best remedy is to invest in proper mats you place under each piece of equipment as well as the weightlifting area. Even gently dropping a 100 lb. dumbbell can do some serious damage.
Below is our gallery of a wide variety of home gyms in a variety of spaces – some in the basement, some in a designated exercise room and others integrated into television rooms (which makes sense).
Spectacular indoor/outdoor home cardio gym steps from infinity pool with incredible view. Source: Zillow DigsTM
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Large cardio and weight machine home gym with televisions on the wall. Source: Zillow DigsTM
The above home gym falls under the “luxury” version with hot tub and large glassed off exercise area… not to mention the expensive equipment in the gym.
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The above exercise space is nicely integrated in the home in an open design instead of a walled off room in the corner of the home.
Above is a gym with an ornate design. It’s as if the living room or salon was converted into a gym.
Great loft gym space with large array of equipment. The above approaches the selection and space of a commercial gym.
Above is a good use of space incorporating cardio machines and free weights.
Above: large space converted into exercise room with plenty of free weights plus cardio machines.
If you don’t have quite as much space to devote to a home gym, no worries! Attic or basement spaces are often underutilized, and perfect for the home gym and fitness enthusiast!
Above is a exercise studio space ideal for bodyweight workouts and yoga. Opens up onto outdoor covered pool and patio.
Bright yellow home gym with carpeting and windows. Elevated ceiling gives it a spacious look. Focus is on cardio machines. Source: Zillow DigsTM
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