How to create a gym at home

Create a gym at home
Samantha Simmonds,-Digital Writer

Create a stylish home gym that will help you achieve your fitness goals for 2020 and beyond

Spending your evenings queuing for the treadmill at the gym is out. So what’s in? Staying in. No, seriously. Where can you stream the latest must-try classes, monitor your performance and even race across the Grand Canyon? From the comfort of your very own living room, that’s where. Find out why taking your workout home could be one of the smartest moves you make this year.

Style and substance

The latest home gym equipment blends sleek design with the very latest technology, to keep you feeling fit and your living room looking slick. Ideal for the design-conscious interiors fanatic, NoHrD’s beautifully made gym equipment comes in a choice of chic wood finishes, including walnut, cherry, oak, ash and rosewood, allowing you to make a real statement. The range includes everything from indoor bikes, arm bikes and weighted cable pulley systems to swing bell weights towers, benches and balance boards.

Virtual reality

Fancy exploring the world from the comfort of your living room? Thanks to the latest tech, you can. NordicTrack’s treadmills, bikes, cross trainers and fitness machines use iFit Coach to stream workouts with top flight personal trainers straight to your screen via LiveCast. Opt for an energetic HIIT workout in the studio, or go all out and train on location, while smart tech monitors your performance.

‘Everybody is busy,’ Fittever’s Piers Chen points out. ‘This is the most common reason for not making it to the gym. Then there are travel issues, fully booked or overcrowded classes and awkward opening hours to contend with. Streaming allows you to exercise in your own time, in your own home, which allows you to be more consistent with your training. Consistency is the key ingredient.’

Row for it

Rowing is set to be a key fitness trend for 2020. And for good reason: rowing works 85% of the muscles in the human body, burning fat, enhancing flexibility and improving your core strength. ‘The indoor rowing machine is the only cardio machine that isn’t plugged into the mains, making it self-powered,’ explains Chris Heron, founder and head coach at The Engine Room, the UK’s first rowing studio. ‘This is its secret weapon in the war to build fitness and lose fat. Rowing offers a twofold approach, allowing you to focus on the speed at which you move and/or the power you use. The way you manage these variables can really help to accelerate your results.’ 

Available in a choice of stylish finishes, WaterRower’s home rowing machines uses the company’s patented WaterFlywheel to replicate the relaxing feel and fluid drag of rowing on water as you work out. They’re also equipped with an S4 performance monitor which syncs with the We-Row app, allowing you to store your training data and even ‘race’ other users online. You can add a heart rate monitor and receiver to take your training to the next level.

Accesorise all areas

Short on space? Don’t worry – with a few well-chosen accessories, you can still get a gym-quality workout at home. ‘My go-to bits of equipment follow me wherever I go,’ says Scott Humphreys, founder of boutique fitness studio SP Athletic. ‘They allow me to work out at home, and when I’m staying with family or friends or on holiday. Resistance bands, glute loops, a TRX suspension system and a set of ankle and wrist weights are must-haves. If you have the space at home, add a set of dumbbells to your collection – you can’t go wrong!’

Combine the motivational aspect of working out with a trainer with the convenience of training at home by streaming live or on-demand classes using an app like Fiit, which offers a wide range of cardio, strength and yoga-based classes and training plans to help you achieve your goals – and fit into your life.

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