Does going to the gym on some days feel like an absolute chore? Perhaps you’re tired from a long day at work and just want to stay home without having to come out of the house again.
This is where a home gym can come in handy and be a great investment in your well-being and comfort. You can come home from work and be even more motivated to complete your workout session with your home gym only steps away.
Also, you get the privacy you desire to work out; however, you like it at whatever time you prefer — no more scheduling your days around gym hours. In order to get the most out of your existing storage and space, we’ve listed some great storage hacks to keep your exercise equipment and organize your home gym for maximum benefit and practicality.
Use Your Garage
One of the best places to create your home gym is in a garage if you have one. Clean out your garage and dedicate a small space for some exercise equipment and storage so that you have sufficient space to work up a sweat.
If you live in a condo or apartment and don’t have the option of using a garage or basement, you can try setting up your home gym in a guest room or a corner of your bedroom. While you may have to reposition some furniture and move things around, it will be worth it in the long run.
Lay Down a Mat
In order to properly designate the space you choose as a home gym area, you should lay down a mat for some cushioning. This protects the floor and ensures you are comfortable while doing push-ups, sit-ups, etc. You can find a range of colourful, decorative mats in stores or online at affordable prices. The best part is that they can be folded up and put away easily, should you need to do so.
Utilize Ceiling and Wall Areas
When working with limited space, you should always remember to think vertically. That means using wall and ceiling space instead of putting items and storage on the ground. This will help free up space for you to move around and exercise freely. Put up shelves to store exercise equipment and use wall mounts for bikes, yoga mats, and more.
Forgo Fancy Machinery
The truth is, you don’t need expensive treadmills and exercise machines to see results. Instead of taking up space in your home gym with these bulkier items, forgo them altogether and use alternative equipment to achieve those same results. Space-saving exercise equipment includes ab rollers, resistance bands, jump ropes, and free weights.
Get Foldable Equipment
Another hack to maximize your exercise space is to get equipment that can easily be moved, folded, and put away. This is one way to transform your space on an as-needed basis. When shopping for equipment, make sure it is easy to manoeuvre before buying it so that it isn’t a hassle every time you want to use it.
Invest in a Pull-Up Bar
A great piece of equipment for any home gym is a pull-up bar because it doesn’t take up much space; it can hang from the doorway and can be used for a variety of exercises. Pull-up bars can work your abs, legs, arms, and more.
Use Baskets and Containers
When storing your exercise equipment in your home gym, baskets and storage containers will quickly become your best friends. You can stack bins to arrange different items and keep everything organized while still all together and cohesive.
If you’re feeling particularly productive, try printing labels for your different storage bins to make it easier to find certain equipment while working out.
Try Racks and Benches
Exercise racks and benches may help with your exercises and can be good additions for saving space and making the area feel more like an actual gym. When used with weights and dumbbells, both racks and benches are helpful and can be practical areas for extra storage. While these tips and tricks can do wonders in many homes, sometimes, the issue goes beyond not having enough space.
If you find that you have an excess of belongings and not enough storage, the solution for you may be an offsite self-storage unit. This way, if a home gym is a priority, you can make enough space by storing unused or seasonal items elsewhere.
For more ideas on storing your gym equipment, call Jiffy Self-Storage at 416-745-4339 or contact us here.