Home Gym – Bob Vila

Chastity Fabry

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Many homes have a treadmill or dumbbell these days, but a home gym is more than just an accumulation of equipment—it’s the product of a well-conceived design that’s as functional as it is motivating.

The good news is that it doesn’t take much space—nor does it require plumbing or a lot of rewiring—to set up a home gym. It does, however, take careful planning to optimize the square footage and create a sound, safe, and inviting workout space.

Space Considerations

Before you start equipment shopping, settle on the location of your home gym. Space limitations will impact the size, quantity, and layout of your apparatus. According to the American Council on Exercise, free weights require 20 to 50 square feet of space to use properly, treadmills need about 30 square feet, and a multi-station gym necessitates 50 to 200 square feet.

“Maximizing smaller space comes down to choosing

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42 Popular Home Gym Room Design Ideas For Your Family

Chastity Fabry

Getting into shape doesn’t mean you have to go to a gym weekly and work out. You can actually get plenty of exercise at home,

by allocating a room or other part of your house as an exercise area, and either building or purchasing appropriate equipment for your exercise. Here are a few things you should keep in mind when designing your home gym.

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