6 Tips for Designing the Perfect Home Gym

Written by Beatrice White

Most people, when they hear the words 'home gym', immediately think of some dark basements with rusty working-out equipment. Let us face it - nobody wants, nor will ever want, to work out in those doldrums. A home gym must be bright, clean, uncluttered, and above all, motivating and inspiring. Believe it or not, but a well-designed gym will not only encourage you to break a sweat but it will also motivate you to maximize your effort. Luckily, some of the best interior designers and private trainers have teamed up and figured out home to make home gyms do exactly that. And, guess what - we know their secret. So, if you want us to share it with you, just keep on reading. Here are 6 tips for designing a home gym for your Dubai home.

Pick the Biggest Room

Cluttered rooms will clutter your motivation - there is no doubt about that! Even if you have the most beautiful, Vastu-compliant room, it will be ineffective if it is cluttered. Thus, before you start designing a home gym, make sure you pick the biggest area in your home (that can also be a garage, attic, basement, or any room in your Dubai home) and then, declutter it. Of course, if you only plan on putting a treadmill and a couple of dumbbells, you do not need too much space. But, if you plan on going all out, better make sure you have a big, and clean canvas to work on.

Choose the Right Color for Your Walls

The next step towards designing a home gym is choosing the color of the walls. For that, we recommend either white or some vibrant color. White walls will give you the freedom to play with other colors and maybe even glue some motivational posters and quotes. And, vibrant colors will wake you up. It does not matter which vibrant color you want to use for your gym walls - pick your favorite. But, whatever you do, do not choose something warm and earth-like such as beige, grey, yellow, etc., as those colors are relaxing and soothing. And, even though relaxing and soothing sound great, it is not something you want to do in the gym.

Choose the Right Type of Flooring

Once you have painted the walls of your new home gym, it is time to choose the right type of flooring for it. In general, you need to start with a hard surface floor, such as cement, wood, or tile. These three types of floors can work with any type of home gym you plan on 'installing'. However, if you want to be a bit more creative, you can also add some other materials to your floors. For instance, if you want to make your gym CrossFit-friendly, you can add fake grass. Or, if it is meant to be yoga or pilates-friendly, then go ahead and add rubber mats. But, most importantly - do not put rugs! Rugs are unhygienic for gyms as they tend to collect sweat which is not easy to clean.

Add a Big Mirror

Previously we said that you can put some motivational posters or quotes on the wall that will push you when you start to run out of motivation. But, do you know what is the number-one motivator in all gyms? Mirrors! No, mirrors should not be used for flexing and making gym selfies after basking under the sun. Rather, they should be used for you monitoring your exercises and, of course, for you motivating yourself. Thus, invest in a big mirror. If possible, add a full-length one.

Let There Be Light

Light is an important factor when exercising. Just as wall colors, light awakens us. Thus, open those shades and remove those curtains you have in your home gym. Let the daylight in. Then, when the night comes, try to use some white, led lights instead of yellow ones. Yellow lights have the same effect as soft wall colors. Put white, led bulbs in your ceiling, pendants, and in any floor or table lamps you have in your home gym. Moreover, if your home gym is somewhere where there is no privacy, get some of those almost-transparent curtains. They do a great job of letting the light in and hiding you.

Invest in a Good Surround System

All good fitness trainers, such as those at DubaiPT, will tell you that good music is the way to a good exercise. The right music will energize you and push you harder than you think. Of course, this 'right' music can be easily found on YouTube, for example. Just look for something fast and motivating. However, if you play this music on your phone or IPad, you may not get the same effect as you would get with a good surround system. According to recent research, people who exercise in a place where there is surround sound accomplish twice as much than they do in gyms that have light, background music or no music at all.

In Conclusion

These were the 6 most important tips for designing a home gym for your Dubai home. But, the truth is, there are many many more things you can do to make your home gym not only effective and motivating but also one-of-a-kind. The most important thing is to start with a big and clutter-free room just as previously mentioned. Of course, if you do not have that big of a room, you do not need to buy a new home. Use your basement or attic. Just make sure you follow all the steps from above and you can transform any room into a perfect home gym.