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
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.
For most of us, if we have the luxury of a spare room, we’re more likely to use it as an office or a guest room rather than a gym. So how do you get around the fact that most gym equipment is large and ugly?
A home gym doesn’t have to include a cross-trainer or a spinning bike. It can be as little as a few weights and a yoga mat. There are many YouTube accounts offering free workouts based on body weight alone, so the only piece of kit you really need is a Wi-Fi connection.
Still, you might want to invest in a few basics. There are now plenty of options that are sleek and beautiful, which means you don’t have to hide everything out of sight. And you may not want to, either. There’s some truth in the saying ‘out of sight out of mind’. If you can see your gym equipment, you might be more inclined to engage with it regularly.
If your budget stretches, there are some incredible home-gym packages out there.
Not least is the NordicTrack Vault, which is like a closet full of kit; the door of the closet is a touchscreen and full-sized mirror on which you can access your virtual workouts.
Likewise, Technogym’s bench is a tidy solution for those who want a home gym but are short on space.
Take your space into account. If you have low ceilings, doing jumping jacks might not be possible. If so, think about using your garden or deck for your workouts. If you don’t have an outdoor space, it’s better to have a limited gym that functions, than one that is cramped and dysfunctional.
Try to set up your home gym in a light, airy, spacious zone in your home, as you’ll be more inclined to work out that way.
Don’t forget to take advantage of the best perk of home workouts — streaming your favourite Netflix show while you do your lunges.