Home Gym Design: 7 Deadly Mistakes of Shabby Home Gym Design
The layout and planning of your home gym design is critical to the results you achieve from this important space in your home.
Most home gyms are designed with a skewed, imbalanced approach that leads to long term remorse over how the space was finished, and more so how the design actually discourages the use of the exercise equipment.
Avoid these 7 mistakes and you’ll be sure to get the most out of your new home gym design project – with visible fitness results and compliments from guests and visitors.
1 – Cramming too much equipment into your gym space
Too much equipment means too much clutter. And too much clutter pushes you away from that space. This is not the kind of energy you want from your home gym design. So, you want to realize that you won’t get better results by having ‘more stuff’ – but rather, by choosing your home gym items wisely – you will create an atmosphere that is conducive to short term success and long term adherence.
2 – Designing based on assumptions instead of facts
By designing your home fitness space based on assumptions – you set yourself up for some disappointments later on.
From realizing you wasted a lot of money to risking an avoidable injury – the let-downs you open yourself up to can be painful, but at the same time – can be avoided. It comes don to gathering the right info before you start planning your home gym design.
A good way to go about this is to consult with a fitness expert or personal trainer who can guide you in regards to what type of program you should be following – and hence, what type of elements and options to consider for your overall home gym design and layout.
3 – Forgetting about your significant other’s fitness needs and goals
Home gym design becomes a little more challenging when it comes to a family fitness scenario. Not impossible, just a touch more challenging.
The key is to consider everyone’s needs, goals and limitations. Once this is all on paper it’s a million times easier to focus on the options that will serve everyone’s needs, while at the same time provide proper stimulus for all levels of users in the family.
4 – Overspending on too much boring cardio equipment
It’s easy to buy into the myth that “cardio is really all you need”. And once you buy into that – it’s easy to be sold on a treadmill, a bike and an elliptical machine.
Problem is – that’s a big chunk of money and a big waste of space.
Truth is, you can get high quality, fat burning cardio sessions without those machines, but that article is for another day (I promise). So, your best tactic is too pick the one cardio machine (if you must have one) that would get the most use in your family fitness room.
5 – Not defining your goals and limitations before making your investment
If you think about it, this principle applies to almost every aspect of life – not just home gym design. So, it’s imperative that you sit down and define your fitness goals first. Then itemize your limitations.
For example, you may have had knee surgery a few years ago, or a chronic ‘bad back’ – or maybe even a medical condition that requires consistent attention.
Once your goals are defined and your limitations noted – then you can take the next steps in considering what your ideal home gym design will consist of.
You may need collaboration from your doctor and your trainer (if you have one) during this phase – just to make sure everyone is on the same page and you are clear on what you are aiming for.
6 – Letting a local equipment dealer/sales rep “design” your home gym
One of the worst mistakes anyone can make is walking into a local fitness equipment retailer and leaving it up to the sales rep to design your home gym.
Whether they work on commission or not – it’s their job to sell you as much home fitness equipment as possible. They are trained to sound knowledgeable and helpful (a few of them are) – and they can be very convincing when it comes to telling you “what you need”.
Next thing you know – your credit card has taken a massive, expensive hit and your home gym looks more like Sanford and Son’s front yard.
7 – Not looking at all your options before making your big decision
The best thing for you to have before you start making purchases to fulfill your home gym design is ‘options’.
When you have options you have the natural ability to choose the best elements that are more closely aligned with your health and fitness needs. This includes any other members of your family who will also be regular members of your new home gym.
By neglecting some potential choices you limit your ability to create the ideal home gym layout as your finished product.
The rise of the internet has allowed innovative people and professionals to present their own concepts to the world.
Quite often – these concepts, while shunned by larger, “old fashioned” companies, are brilliant products designed to make your life easier, as opposed to the things that already exist. Don’t be afraid to consider some choices that may not be in the “mainstream” yet.
I’ve learned these 7 mistakes through experience, over the last 22 years – and now you’ve learned them in about 8 minutes.
Use this wisdom to save money, spare remorse and avoid potential injury. By side-stepping these 7 mistakes – you put yourself in a surefire position to end up with a winning home gym design.
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