With the third wave of Covid upon us, refraining from any outdoor activities seems like the ideal thing to do. Working out from home usually means a simple workout in a cosy corner of one’s house, with your bodyweight being the only equipment. But many are moving ahead with a compact gym at home.
Transforming a room or even a corner of your home into a gym area is simple and just requires some effort in planning the aesthetics and equipment.
LuxeBook spoke to the experts — Priyanka Singh, Interior Stylist and Founder, Chalk Studio, Barkha Kathuria, Head of Interior Design, Rosabagh and Meenu Agarwal, Principal Interior Designer at MADS Creations, to cover the various dos and don’ts of an at-home gym.
Home gyms have become quite common over the years. The reason people build their own gym is that they want a space to work out from the comfort of their own home. The first and most important factor is choosing the layout.
Maintaining a practical layout is extremely important. Just like any other room in your home, it is important to visualise your space so that you don’t end up with a large room of which only a small area is occupied. On the other hand, you also don’t want too much clutter if you’re short on space.
Visualising your space ensures that you have enough room for equipment and other pieces, as well as space for yourself to work out without crashing into something. Avoid overcrowding and ensure as much ventilation as possible. One should refrain from false ceilings in a gym room. This keeps the room more spacious, and also allows a free flow of air that keeps the room from feeling arid and smelly.
The next step is choosing the right flooring. While working out, it is always important to have a sturdy ground. One that is smooth and even, yet sturdy enough to keep you from slipping. Carpets may seem like a viable option here, however, carpets can be a little tedious to clean considering the sweat and dirt it will attract. Plus tripping on a carpet while jumping is a real threat.
Materials like plywood, vinyl and laminate are most reliable in this case. They are not only safe and sturdy but also trendy.
Setting the ambience
Setting a theme for your at-home gym should be your top priority. Do you want a mindful yoga studio, a space for everyday cardio or something vigorous like weight and muscle training? While you can have all of these in one space, giving it one specific theme keeps it from looking too cluttered.
After picking your theme, you can decide how to accentuate the space. With yoga, it’s always best to keep the space bright and airy. “Decorating the space creates a joyful mood for the client, so that every time they walk into the room, they feel happy and motivated to work out,” says Barkha Kathuria.
Lighter tones, colourful drapes, charming wall accents like picture frames, and most importantly plants. Small potted plants, especially succulents, always give out a healthy, greenhouse vibe which is apt for yoga.
When it comes to training spaces, a rustic theme is the way to go. Priyanka Singh of Chalk Studio suggests, “Instead of painting the walls and decorating them with graphic wall art, like we usually see in commercial gyms, people can opt for an exposed brick pattern or textured wall.”
Neutral coloured walls with one patterned wall is another trend that prevails. “Using wallpaper, panelling or textured paint, one can create a focal wall, where they could hang some inspirational posters, messages,” says Meenu Agarwal.
Light it up
Lighting plays an important role in a home gym. “A bright and well lit gym is not only pleasant, but also refreshing and inviting.”
Natural lighting is always the best option. It acts as a natural energy booster especially if you’re someone who like to work out during the early hours of day. However, if you’re someone who works out during the evening or night, opt for cool toned lighting as opposed to warmer lighting. This is because cool toned lights have an alerting effect while warmer lights can make you feel lazy and sluggish.
When picking the type of lighting, Priyanka Singh suggests concealed lighting which adds to the ambience of the room. Secondly, because it is hidden in a practical way, it won’t directly hit your eyes, or bother you.
Meenu Agarwal on the other hand adds, “If you can’t get enough natural light, install a large mirror and place it strategically to enhance the brightness of the space.”
Lastly, one that is most important, picking the right equipment. The purpose of a home gym is a temporary replacement of a commercial gym, at least for most people. And so it is important to not fill the room with any and every piece of equipment that one would find in a commercial gym.
Opt for basic and minimal equipment like a treadmill, light and medium dumbbell sets and maybe a stationary bike. Aside from these, a jump rope, stability ball, resistance bands, and a yoga mat are all the equipment you will need for a home gym.
One can also add other amenities like a water cooler, a towel rack, and a television so people can simultaneously watch videos while they work out.