Whether you live in an apartment, condo, townhouse, or single-family home, here are some tips for setting up a top-notch home gym.

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Office, classroom and now gym. The houses overflow to make room for activities that were not part of the original floor plan. And while local gyms will eventually open, the flexibility of working out at home is prompting many active Canadians to consider turning their makeshift home gyms into something more permanent.

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While it’s rare for a home gym to rival the inventory of equipment and exercise options available at your local fitness club, it is possible to arrange a home workout space. to fit any budget or floor plan. Compact or spacious, expensive or cheap, high-tech or old school, garage, basement, guest room or studio, the best home gyms are efficient in both the space they take up. and in the training they offer.

Whether you live in an apartment, condo, townhouse, or single-family home, here are some tips for setting up a top-notch home gym.

Who will use the space?

The first step in setting up a home gym is to make sure it has the right equipment. Before deciding which machines and weights to buy, speak with all potential users to make sure there is something for everyone. A house full of adults and teenagers will outfit their gym differently than a couple in their 60s. Much like the home gyms of a marathon runner and a Crossfit enthusiast will likely feature very different equipment. The most used home gyms are built around the fitness goals of their users.

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Decide on the primary function of the gym

Do you want your home gym to fill up on days when your regular workout is unreachable, like a runner who uses a treadmill on days when work, family, or the weather keeps them from running miles at a time? outside? Or maybe your idea of ​​the perfect home gym is designed to supplement rather than replicate your usual routine, like a cyclist whose gym is equipped with weight-training equipment instead of a stationary bike. Then again, you might be considering ditching your gym membership in favor of a fully equipped, full-service home gym. The better a gym meets your fitness goals, not only is it more likely to be used, but you’re less likely to waste valuable money and space on equipment that collects more dust. what a sweat.

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Create a floor plan

If space is limited, decide which pieces of equipment you can’t live without and work around that footprint to create the rest of your gym. Don’t pack the space so tight that there’s no room to lay down a mat, swing a kettlebell, or do a few walking lunges. Many exercise equipment manufacturers have models suitable for small spaces, which is useful when square footage is tight. When looking for big equipment like treadmills or squat racks, take the time to review the wide range of models and sizes available. Allow room for accessories like a fan, storage for weights, and enough wall space for a mirror.

Remember to start small

If budget is your primary consideration, start with a few key pieces of gear and build your inventory slowly as your needs become more defined and your bank account is stronger. The best value for money is versatile equipment that trains more than one body part or facilitates a variety of exercises. A pair of adjustable dumbbells that replace eight to 16 individual dumbbell sets with a paired set, a step, a mat, resistance bands, a jump rope, and a kettlebell are good choices. Eventually, you can add a weight bench, cardio machine, and whatever else you need to meet your fitness needs — but don’t be surprised if your initial budget-conscious home gym does the trick. business for years to come.

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Install a smart gym

What started with the revolutionary Peloton bike has exploded into a new industry of connected exercise machines that offer more variety in workouts. There are space-saving treadmills, bikes, rowing machines and mirror-like machines that offer everything that has made the Peloton so popular: live and/or on-demand workouts led by high-energy coaches and a screen with a real-time display of your personal exercise metrics as well as a ranking of users performing the same workout from homes around the world.

Certainly smart and expensive exercise equipment brings the energy of a community gym into your home. Guided instructions and the added motivation of a vibrant online community of users who sweat with you come with a monthly subscription.

A great option for small spaces, the smart exercise machines fit easily into a guest bedroom or an underused corner of an apartment while offering a wide variety of workouts both on and off. the machine. They also have a lot to offer beginners and veterans alike, making them perfect for homes with multiple users.

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