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Darren Kennedy: Netflix and… cardio? Here’s my guide to creating your own stylish home gym

A home gym doesn’t just have to be for the super rich. Make any room in your home work for a workout with my sleek keep-fit essentials

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Maser Botanical 1 Yoga & Movement Mat, €145, Flowstate, kilkennyshop.com

Maser Botanical 1 Yoga & Movement Mat, €145, Flowstate, kilkennyshop.com

Multi-functional weight bench, €399 (sale price), Hit Fitness, mcsport.ie

Multi-functional weight bench, €399 (sale price), Hit Fitness, mcsport.ie

Stainless steel and walnut dumb-bells 2-20kg, from £590, DISKUS, luxdeco.com. Note: Extra taxes and charges may apply

Stainless steel and walnut dumb-bells 2-20kg, from £590, DISKUS, luxdeco.com. Note: Extra taxes and charges may apply

Set of two workout sliders, €22.50 (sale price), Bala, Brown Thomas

Set of two workout sliders, €22.50 (sale price), Bala, Brown Thomas

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Maser Botanical 1 Yoga & Movement Mat, €145, Flowstate, kilkennyshop.com

Like a lot of people, I set up a home gym during the pandemic. I bought a few basics — dumb-bells, a bench and some kettlebells. I have rehomed most of them since my gym reopened, but I’ve kept the kettlebells, which are red, yellow and green, because they look really cool. I love primary colours so I have them displayed visibly in my home. I also bought a Flowstate yoga mat designed by Maser and have it hanging on my wall.

If you dare to google home gyms, you’ll be presented with images of the most luxurious, spacious home gyms imaginable. I’m talking straight out of the pages of Architectural Digest. But for most of us, this is not a realistic option.


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