How to Build a Great At-Home Gym

From hitting up a hot yoga studio to getting in a quick game of beach volleyball, the people of Southern California love working out. But is your home designed to accommodate that?

If not, you’ll want to consider making room for a home gym. Now’s a better time than ever, as one poll found that 60% of Americans plan to cancel their gym memberships and stick to at-home workouts after the pandemic. Installing a workout room could be a way to help your vacation home stand out among a crowded real estate landscape. Ready to get started? Try some of these design trends to build a great at-home gym that travelers will love.

Add in Some Mirrors

Mirrors aren’t just for taking the perfect post-workout selfie; they’re also vital for checking your form to make sure you don’t hurt yourself. Install floor-length mirrors to cover at least one wall so you can watch for any problems during your workout.

Get Quality Flooring

If you’re using a spare bedroom in your home, chances are it has some kind of carpet, which isn’t great for working out. The surface is too soft underfoot, not to mention it collects all the sweat you drip.

A better bet would be to install interlocking rubber tiles across the whole floor. These offer a firm and supportive surface that’s easy to wipe clean when you’re done. And they’re also great for protecting hardwood or concrete floors, especially if you have a tendency to drop weights when you’re done with them.

Get the Right Equipment

Your gym will be pretty lonely without any equipment. What to buy all depends on what you intend to use it for, but in general, it’s good to have the following pieces:

  • Rack – You’ll need it for squatting, pull-ups, etc.
  • Bench – You’ll need it for bench press, dumbbell rows, shoulder press, etc.
  • Dumbbells – Likely in intervals of 5 or 10 pounds
  • Barbell and plates – Again, likely in intervals of 5 or 10 pounds

Then add in some much-needed cardio equipment, like a treadmill, elliptical, or stationary bike.

Install a Speaker System or TV

You need motivation to keep you going during a tough workout, and having your favorite tunes blasting can help. Install a quality speaker system, and make sure it uses Bluetooth so you can change your playlist from your phone. You may even want to have it connected to your smart home system so you can use voice controls.

A TV is another cool option if you have the space. Mount it above your workout station, near the ceiling, so it won’t get in your way. Make sure it’s hooked up to cable or a smart TV interface so you can binge all your favorite shows while doing your reps.

Make the Unexpected Work

When you take the time to re-imagine your space, everything has the potential to fit into your at-home workout routine. For example, at OpenAiRE’s recent listing at 1328 Devlin Dr., we were able to go beyond the walls of the garage gym and incorporate the backyard staircase. Similar to the Santa Monica Steps, a trendy workout spot for Southern California locals, 1328 Devlin Dr. has its own staircase overlooking the hills that provides an awesome added cardio routine. We also saw a great way to utilize the pool for a post-workout cooldown. Don’t just take our word for it; see for yourself in the video we shot at Devlin Dr.

Put Your New Gym to Good Use

Once you’ve got your gym setup up and running, it’s time to share it with the world. In today’s market, adding a designated gym area into your home can really enhance the overall value of your home for both renters and prospective buyers. We provide effortless ownership to help you circumvent the stress and headaches of buying a vacation rental investment or listing your existing investment property. Contact us today to list your home or grow your real estate portfolio.

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