How to Create the Perfect Home Gym

Woman wearing exercise clothes and stretching her leg while in a flex space home gym.

Looking for a gym you’ll actually want to go to? From gathering equipment to planning your exercise routine, check out these tips from Clayton to transform your flex space into the perfect workout spot.

Creating a home gym will motivate you to crush your fitness goals in an enjoyable space that’s tailored to you. You’ll also save time and money because you won’t have to drive to the gym or pay for a membership. So, whether you’re working out for the first time or looking to really break a sweat, we have 4 steps to help you get started.

Step 1: Define Your Gym’s Function

First, we recommend deciding what type of home gym you want and what kinds of workouts you’ll be doing in it. This will help you determine the amount of space you need, as well your budget for any equipment you want to purchase.

Maybe you’re envisioning a large area with a treadmill, weight bench or bike? Or would you prefer something more low-key with hand weights and yoga equipment? The choice is yours, and the best part is that your gym’s purpose can change over time with your goals. For now, think about the types of exercises you like and want to do in your space. Enjoying the activity will make it easier to stick to your goals over time.

Woman doing yoga in her manufactured home home gym featuring bright colored equipment in the background.

Step 2: Choose Your Workout Space

The next step is to work out is where you want to work out. Pick a flex space or an area that’s not being used for something else. This could be a spare bedroom, bonus room, unused dining room or even part of your garage. When the weather is good, you might even want to exercise on your porch or in your yard. The most important part is to find a place in your home you can make your own, and where you have enough comfortable space for the workouts you want to do. Exercising is more fun you’re in your comfort zone.

At-home gym area in a garage with a wall and a mat with gym equipment on it

Step 3: Get and Organize Your Gym Equipment

For this step, it definitely helps to make a list. There are a few basics you’ll probably want no matter what, like an exercise or yoga mat, weights and a bench. For strength training, think dumbbells, kettlebells, a medicine ball and more. For cardio, you might want a jump rope, resistance bands and a stair climber or similar equipment. Whatever you choose, we recommend getting started with a few items you know you’ll use before investing in expensive pieces. Or, you can check out your local thrift store or social media to look for preowned equipment. Finally, don’t forget items like a fan, mirror, sweat towels or a speaker for your workout playlist.

When it comes to organizing your gym, match it to your style in the rest of your home. You can use a shelf, organizing cubes or hooks on the wall to get creative with storing your equipment, and make the most of your space. Next, put up some inspirational signs or a visual for your goals to keep you inspired and on track.

Gym equipment in the flex space of a manufactured him with a table with weights, mats and an exercise ball, and a plant in the corner.

Step 4: Set Your Workout Routine

Consistency is key, but variety can also help make your workouts more interesting. There are tons of fitness apps and online options available, but you could go also go old school and use a calendar or whiteboard to help you stick to your workout routine. You can also ask a friend or family member to be your accountability partner to check in with you frequently to make sure you’re sticking to your plan, or invite them over to your new gym and workout together!

One of the best parts of homeownership is being able to customize your space to fit your life, whether it’s having an at-home gym, office space or whatever else you need. Looking for more ways to decorate and organize your home? Check out the Homeownership section of our Studio blog today!

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