With the Olympics fast approaching, you may be inspired to get fit and indulge in the extra space that you may have in your new home by creating your own home gym. Before thinking about the equipment, the location of your fitness area is important, to give you space away from other areas and people in the house to focus on getting fit without interruption.
If you choose to place your gym in a spare room upstairs, think about noise levels for those downstairs watching a bouncing chandelier, when pounding away on your running machine! Also, with weight machines, think about reinforced flooring in your room such as sprung wooden flooring similar to your normal aerobics studio. Salisbury Flooring (salisburyflooring.co.uk) offers such this product, which is used worldwide in gyms and studios. Pricing will vary on the size of your room. Investment in a good quality carpet will also assist with acoustics.
To eliminate potential annoyances for others and to save your ceilings, it's better to use a room downstairs, preferably away from a cooking or entertaining area, or if you are lucky enough to have an outbuilding, ensure that your electrics are adequately wired to accommodate sound equipment, and electrical machines such as steppers and cross trainers.
Starting with decoration, keep your gym bright and inspiring with a cheerful yellow, or opt for white and accessorise with wall art or pictures to enjoy whilst training. Art.co.uk (www.art.co.uk) offers a range of inspirational sports posters from just £5.99 which can be suitably framed to your taste. If you are keeping in the true spirit of London 2012, create a union jack feature wall to add the ‘wow' factor to your new home.
Wall mounted TVs and sound systems need to be thought about when positioning on the wall, according to where your equipment is going to be situated. Argos and Amazon can offer you a great range of sound and visual equipment to suit all budgets. If it is state-of-the-art that you crave then opt for products by companies such as Bang & Olufsen (bang-olufsen.com). The BeoPlay V1 TV priced at £ 1,999 can be suspended from the ceiling to create a look of the future. Do ensure that your lighting choice is kept minimal in appearance but creates adequate lighting for your work out area. Halogen spots are always suitable for such areas.
For all of your gym equipment needs, why not look at Fitness Superstore (fitness-superstore.co.uk). This company is suitable for those on a budget and describes the use of all equipment, to enlighten you on how to become the next contender for the Olympics!
Written by Elizabeth Bishop (www.elizabethbishopinteriordesign-kent.co.uk)
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