Posted on July 28, 2017 by Gordon Smith

Finding time to fit in a productive gym session when you’re a busy professional can seem nigh on impossible, particularly if you have to contend with an arduous commute. Private gym design can offer the solution. Whether you’re building a bespoke room in your garden or repurposing a room in your house, having a home gym allows you to fit in a session before or after work much more easily than racing to the gym.

Thankfully, it is now common knowledge that it is not the length of time exercising that counts, but the intensity.  With a HIIT workout, you can get better results in a shorter period of time by alternating very high intensity bouts of exercise such as biking or running, with short periods of rest.

Dynamic effort training is a form of weight training that allows you to quickly build up explosive speed and improve athleticism. Circuits are another tried and tested way of maximising your time. By planning your exercise activities in advance, you work your way around the sequence of exercises, working on your legs while you’re resting your abs, working on your arms while you’re resting your legs and so on.

Planning your home gym

The first question you need to ask when considering your home gym is what your objectives are. Are you training to compete in a race of some kind? Are you training to improve your performance in a particular sport? Are you going to use your home gym to recover from an injury? This is when our private gym design services really come into their own. Our experts have designed hundreds of gyms all based on the specific needs of the individual client. We can recommend specific gym equipment based on your goals, and make sure the layout will work within your home. We can also accommodate the need for the gym space to be dual purpose – for example sharing the area with a home office.

The kit you’ll definitely need

However, there are some elements that the vast majority of home gyms would benefit from:

  • At least one cardio machine: There’s a whole world of cardio machines on the market. Exercise bikes, rowing machines, cross-trainers, treadmills and a lot more besides. If you’re not gearing up for a specific type of race, then pick your favourite and invest in a good quality option. If you’re finding it difficult to choose, consider one that works more than one muscle group at the same time such as a cross trainer or a rowing machine.
  • Plenty of floor space and some free weights: Many of the most effective exercises can be performed with free weights or even solely utilising your own body-weight. Make sure you maximise the space you have to work with when considering your private gym design. Select weights that can be easily and compactly stored away.
  • A bench: Essential for ensuring correct posture for some exercises such as chest presses, a bench is a really versatile piece of kit. Use it for tricep dips or abdominal work. If you’re short on space, there’s a large range of collapsible benches that are sure to fit your needs.

Optional extras

The sky’s the limit when it comes to optional extras! But here are some ideas to start you off;

  • A large mirror: large mirrors are a mainstay in all gyms. The reason is of course so that you can check your posture and technique, thus avoiding wasted effort at best, or at worst, possible injury.
  • A punching bag: After a stressful day in the office what better way to work off steam than with a punching bag! Get some boxing training or buy a DVD to make sure you’re getting the most out of your punches.
  • Soundproofing: Not only does this protect the rest of your house and your neighbours from the sounds of your workouts, but it can reinforce the feeling of sanctuary – a place set apart from the outside bustle. Another reason to soundproof is if you want to use the space for another reason, such as a cinema room (naturally with surround sound) or a music practice room.

Whatever your requirements, here at motive8 have the knowledge and private gym design experience to craft your perfect home gym. Contact us on 0800 028 0198 or info@m8group.co.uk for a free consultation.