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All About Space Efficient Home Gyms

Aug 17, 2007
As the lifestyle of people changes, more and more people are these days keen on getting themselves a home gym rather than joining the gym across the town. This is more so because people these days don't even have the time to drive to the gym across the town. Sometimes the club membership cost is also a bit too steep for many. A good solution to these problems is to have your own gym right in your house. It saves you time, you don't have to wait for someone to get off the treadmill before you can use it and there is much more privacy.

You can set up your home gym in one of the spare rooms of your house if one is available. Or you can just set up the equipment in a room that you think is big enough for them not to be too intrusive. An excellent option would be to convert your basement into a home gym.

Of the various factors that you need to consider before you set up a home gym, is one regarding the space available. Some equipment does take up a lot of space and you need to know if you have enough space to fit them in. If not, it would not be very wise to invest in such equipment.

To choose a space for your home gym you need to consider a few factors. These are, the kind of traffic the room has, the possibilities of you expanding your gym or may be just about the aesthetics of the room. Whatever may be the issues you need to sort them out before you decide on one specific room.

The basic criterion for a home gym is to have at least as much free space in the room as the space occupied by the equipment. So while deciding on the equipment you of course will have to consider your needs but also keep in mind, how much space is available to you to move around the equipment and perform the exercises.

To help you decide on the kind of equipment you can have, we are providing below a rough estimate as to how much space each kind of equipment requires.

While a treadmill can fit into a space of 30 square feet a multi-station gym can take up anything between 50 to 200 square feet of area. And if you have the basic bike and single station gym, both wouldn't take up any more than 45 square feet together. A ski machine takes about 25 square feet and a rowing machine about 20 square feet.

And it is not always about the floor area but also the height of the room. Some equipment is raised from the ground and needs extra space or else it comes too close to the ceiling. So don't get yourself anything only to later find that you can't use it properly.

These were just a few pointers about having a space effective home gym. Apart from your needs and budget, space is always a thing you should be mindful about while setting up a home gym.
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