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What NOT to do with your home gym

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If you’re a regular reader of our blog, you’ll know that we’ve been focusing on home gyms for the last couple of weeks. We’ve brought you advice on the planning and preparation of your home gym, tips for making it colourful, and shown you some of our favourite gyms. Today however, we’re going to look at it from a slightly different perspective – what NOT to do with your home gym. That’s because sometimes, looking at the don’ts can help you avoid making mistakes. So without further ado, here’s what NOT to do.

Don’t clutter up the room
To get an all-round good workout, you’ll need to use a variety of machines, right? Well, actually, what you should be more concerned with is using what space you have to your advantage. Work with the dimensions of the room – take this home gym from Pinterest.com – perfectly fine, with a good choice of machinery. The problem however, is that it’s far too cluttered. There’s insufficient space to do the weights properly – the last thing you need is to smash the mirror or hurt yourself on your other machinery, simply because you’ve not left enough space.

Don’t forget the windows
This home gym from digsdigs.com contains everything you need for a great workout. There’s a selection of machinery, a television for entertainment, and a mirror to ensure you’re doing the exercises properly. What it doesn’t have is windows. There’s also no fan either. Now, while we’d recommend fresh air over a fan any day, it’s vital that you have some way of keeping the room cool. The hotter and stuffier it gets in there, the less able you’ll feel to complete your workout. So install some windows and get them thrown open – trust us, you’ll feel better for it.

 

Don’t invest in really heavy weights
Weights are great for toning and building muscle. They’ll also ensure that you get a full body workout if the only other machine’s you’re using are the treadmill and the bike. What you shouldn’t do however, is make the mistake of investing in the heaviest weights to build muscle fast. This will only result in you doing yourself an injury. Start off with smaller weights and increase the resistance every couple of sessions. Womenshealthmag.com recommends these dumbbells from Perform Better.

 

Don’t make it boring
It may sound obvious, but there are more ways than one to make a home gym more appealing. If you’re struggling to find motivation to get on the treadmill for half an hour a day, why not turn your home gym into something a little more fun? We found this climbing wall gym on houzz.com. It won’t take up much space (just one wall) which is ideal if you don’t have a spare room to devote entirely to a gym. What’s more, it’s just that little bit different, making you more likely to want to do it. Plus, it’s a great activity for your kids to get involved with too.

If you have a loft which you don’t use, how about turning it into your perfect home gym? Having been in the loft conversion business for more than 40 years, Econoloft is the ideal company to transform your loft for you.

We tailor all of our designs to suit your specifications – take a look at our gallery for plenty of design inspiration. While you’re there, check out our impressive client testimonials.

For more information or to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

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23.01.2014 No Comments

Home gym inspiration

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Did you make a New Year’s resolution to get fit this year? How’s it going so far? You may not be aware but today is Blue Monday, otherwise known as the most depressing day of the year. It’s around this time that we realise we have little to no money left over, the weather is truly wintery, and all motivation to exercise has long left us. So if you’re feeling a little blue, get your New Year’s resolution back on track with a home gym. Here is some inspiration to help you get started.

Mixing business with pleasure
Getting fit doesn’t mean you have to forsake your home comforts, as this home gym from rightmove.co.uk proves. If you’re going to be using equipment such as an exercise bike, treadmill, or cross trainer, why not install them in your living room? You can exercise while you watch the television or chat to your family – it’ll help to keep you motivated during your workout and will feel less intimidating than devoting an entire room to your gym.

Cool off in a swimming pool
Working out can leave you feeling red faced and sweaty, particularly if you’re new to exercise. Installing your very own swimming pool may be all the motivation you need to keep going. Just think about how lovely and relaxing a dip in the pool will feel – it’ll definitely give you something to look forward to during your workout. We saw this one on houzz.com – if your space is a little smaller, consider installing a power shower in the corner of your gym instead – it’ll feel just as good.

Floor to ceiling mirrors
You may not be all that comfortable with the idea of watching yourself while you exercise. However, it can be incredibly useful to have floor to ceiling mirrors on the wall of your home gym. It’ll help you to gauge whether or not you’re exercising correctly, and you’ll notice results and improvements a lot faster too, giving you more motivation to keep up the good work. We love this home gym from Pinterest.com – it’s simple but classy and reminds us of the kind of gym you find at a spa – exercise doesn’t have to be horrendous.

Loft gym
You may be wondering who on earth has space in their home for a home gym? Well the solution to this problem could lie in the loft. If your loft is currently unused and you’re looking for a way to make the most out of the space, you may be considering a loft conversion. If it’s big enough, you could even install an en-suite for your post-workout shower. Keep it light and airy with big windows and plenty of lighting, like in this home gym from architectureartdesigns.com.

What would your dream home gym look like?

Here at Econoloft, our 40 years’ experience in the loft conversion industry makes us the ideal company to do the job for you.

We’ll tailor our work to your specifications – take a look at the pictures in our gallery for some great ideas. While you’re there, check out our impressive client testimonials.

For more information or to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

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20.01.2014 No Comments

Planning a home gym

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It’s the start of a new year, and we’re betting that one of your resolutions this year was to join a gym. We’re becoming ever more health conscious these days, and where better to burn off some of those weekend calories than at your local gym? The only problem is, gyms can be quite expensive. After all, there’s the joining fee, general membership costs, new gym gear, bottles of water, and money getting there and back. On top of that of course, there’s the embarrassment of getting sweaty and red faced in front of all of those other fit people. When you take all of that into consideration, you may well start to have second thoughts. But what if we told you that you could set up a gym in your own home? Interested? Read on for the ins and outs of planning a home gym.

 

Think about the type of gym you want

It’s all well and good telling everyone that you’re going to have a home gym, but have you stopped to consider what type of gym you want? There are all kinds of options available to you. Your best bet is to think about your preferences and what you’d like to achieve. If you hate the idea of weights and would rather focus on toning up your legs, then it’s pointless to invest in fancy arm equipment.

Who else will be using your home gym? If it’s going to be the whole family, ask them what they’d like you to include in the way of equipment, sound system or television. Some people find that music really helps them get into a workout, while others may prefer to catch up on their favourite television shows while exercising – think of it as making the most of your free time.

 

What about lack of space?

Wanting a home gym is commendable. However, if you don’t have the space, you may need to consider how best to incorporate it into the space you do have. You could always combine your gym and your home office, store equipment in a guest bedroom, or set up a small area in your garage. When trying to figure out the best solution, try to think as practically as possible – if you’re planning to work out in the evening, it might not be such a great idea to put your equipment in the room next door to your little ones – you don’t want to disturb them while they’re sleeping.

 

Loft gyms
If you’re considering putting your gym in your loft, you may wish to also install a fan or open a window while you do your work out – otherwise, you run the risk of getting very hot, very quickly. The great thing about a loft gym is that you can section off one corner of the room and install a shower – ideal for that post work out freshening up. Remember to always check the building regulation guidelines before going ahead with any work.

Equipment

Lastly, you’ll need to think about what sort of equipment you’re going to need. Here are some ideas:

– Mount a television on the wall – you can tune it into music channels or your favourite soaps – it’ll give you something to focus on other than the pain you’re feeling.
– Thick gym mat for stretching
– Hang a mirror on one of the walls and face it while you’re exercising to check you’re doing it properly.
– For cardio exercises, you’ll need an exercise bike, rowing machine and/or treadmill.
– If you’re planning to work on your muscles, invest in a bench and some weights.

If you’re considering installing a home gym in your house, a loft conversion could be the solution. Of course, there are plenty of other uses for a loft conversion, such as a home cinema, home office, extra bedroom or children’s playroom.

Econoloft has been in the loft conversion industry for more than 40 years, which makes us ideally qualified to transform your home. We tailor all of our designs to your specifications so you get the home of your dreams.

For more inspiration, take a look at our gallery, while our impressive client testimonials detail exactly why we’re the best firm to complete the job for you.

For more information or to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

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13.01.2014 No Comments