Create Your Very Own Home Gym

As adults, we’re always busy. But when you throw kids into the mix, working, the pets, your partner and everything else, it can be difficult to find time for you. No matter what we do, it’s always important to keep our health high in our list of priorities and we can make simple changes to our diets that can help. But what about exercise?

It’s not always as simple as going to the gym. So, have you ever considered creating a space at home where you could exercise? Creating a home gym doesn’t always mean buying huge pieces of gym equipment and investing in a live-in personal trainer either! Here you’ll find a few tips and ideas to get started on your very own workout space.

An important safety aspect in any gym – before you start, consider what kind of exercise you’re going to be doing. If something like Pilates or yoga sound more your thing, then simple, beautiful laminate flooring is the way to go. Ideal if you already have it!

Remember, if you intend to lift free weights or install heavy multi-purpose machines like a Universal or cable-pulley system, you should avoid installing laminate flooring. Laminate will dent and scratch, and if it does, you have no recourse. Unlike wood flooring, it cannot be sanded down. On top of all of that, laminate is slippery.

Find the right space
First, you need to decide where you want to set up your home gym. The spare bedroom, office, or even a back porch or patio, are all great spaces for exercise. And if you don't have a spare room, a small area in your home (like the living room) that can double as your workout space will do.

Clear your exercise space of clutter and distractions—try to remove all gadgets, gizmos, papers, or other items that might call your attention away from your workout. If you're an exercise DVD fan, you'll want to make sure you've set up your TV or computer at a level that is best for following along with the routine.

Stock your home gym 
You don't need a ton of equipment or bulky machines to make your home gym an effective place to exercise. In fact, some of the best home workout equipment is actually quite small and inexpensive.

You don't have to buy everything all at once. Start with a few key pieces and then gradually build up from there. Save even more money by putting some items on your wish list for upcoming holidays or your birthday, shop at used sports stores or for sale groups, or swap out with friends to rotate your equipment for free.

Use it! 
Now that you're all set up, be sure to put your home gym to good use! Invite a workout buddy over to train with you, or ask your partner to sweat it out by your side. Just like a real gym, it won't do you any good if you don't regularly visit it.


  1. If often thought of this but never got round to it
    Maybe a goal for 2018

  2. Deffo on 2018 bucket list / new year res!

  3. I have just signed back up with the gym and will be starting back tomorrow, these are simple and small and would be perfect for the weekend when my children are home and I can't get to the gym xXx

  4. This is a super idea and would save so much money in the long run.

  5. I have bookedmark this item to read again after Christmas to help motivate me to work out at home more often. x

  6. The standard free weights you can buy from most places are excellent. Great tips, thank you.