Exercise Room Trends

Exercise Room Trends

Tara Dickinson
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Plus Tips For Home Workout Rooms On A Budget


Exercise rooms at home are still trending strong as work and life environments are in flux and may be making some permanent dynamic shifts in the upcoming years. Reasons for having a gym in your home are personal, from wanting to keep socially distanced, to a preference for working out alone, to saving some cash for the entire family.

Crafting a sanctuary where you can escape everyday routines will help you stay on track and reach your fitness goals. Creating an efficient and aesthetically pleasing gym at home is also quite doable. With your space in place, you're ready to enjoy some of the exercise trends that will make you want to sweat!


  • Virtual Training- thru apps and online classes.
  • Solo Training- while a majority of the population is still merging slowly back into society, solo exercise continues to trend. For example, biking, swimming, golfing, and surfing have all become more popular.
  • Virtual Reality Games- this is an exciting trend, incorporating exercise into virtual gaming. Play alone or with others.
  • Recovery- also known as post-workout time, is gaining in attention as people are wanting to recover faster and learn how to enhance their performance. A new market for home-based recovery tools are making in-roads into home studios. These products soothe sore, tight muscles; improve circulation and increase relaxation.
  • Whole-body Wellness- has had a major increase in awareness, understanding how integrating all aspects of mind, body, and spirit offer the complete health package. This encompasses: exercise, nutrition, sleep, stress, and mindfulness. In that vein, consumers are looking for ways to sleep better and improve overall well-being. Products can include:
    • Deep tissue massage tools that ease tension and sore muscles.
    • Sleep analysis mat- monitors sleep cycle, heart rate, and snoring habits.
    • Ice pack roller -increases blood and lymphatic circulation, and supports injury recovery.
    • Foam rollers- are ideal for deep tissue muscle work, increasing circulation, and myofascial tissue release.
    • Sauna blanket- increases your internal temperature, promoting blood flow and recovery.



1: Designate a Space- Is there a room you almost never use; spare bedroom, basement, half of the garage? Once decided, now you can set it up.

TRENDING TIP: Paint your gym room a different color than the rest of the house. This gives you the feeling of not being at home, sets it apart and makes it special. Use bold, energetic colors to boost your mood. Add any extra accents that make you feel good about being in there: wall art, live plants, inspiring accessories.

2: Protect the Floor- If your workout room is in the basement or garage with a cement floor, caution is not really necessary. But if using a room inside the home, you may want to invest in some good rubber mats as floor protection. Adding heavy equipment and hundreds of pounds of free weights could cause the floor to warp over time.

3: Research Equipment- How many members of your family will be using the gym room? What do they each need? What are your personal fitness goals and how do you want to accomplish them? After answering your questions (do some internet research if needed), you’ll be able to direct your focus on finding the perfect equipment to fit the workout space. 

4: Hunt for Gems- Gym machines are not inexpensive and can set you back quite a bit in the wallet. But as people have had over a year to clean out and reorganize their homes, there has been a flood of quality second hand exercise products on the market.

TRENDING TIP: Purchasing gently used, name brand exercise equipment is now in style. For one reason, budgets have been tight and people are looking to save a dime where they can. For another reason, consumers are becoming more and more environmentally conscious, thus recognizing that there is no need to buy new when used is more than adequate.

Home Gym Essentials

When on shopping missions for your gym set-up, here are some ideas to consider:

  • Adjustable dumbbells
  • Cheap weight sets
  • Exercise ball
  • First-aid kit
  • Kettlebells
  • Jump rope
  • Olympic barbell
  • Rubber mats
  • Squat rack
  • Storage containers
  • Towels
  • Treadmill
  • Water dispenser
  • Weight plates
  • Weight bench
  • Yoga mat

TIP: Remember to sanitize any second hand items you’ve purchased before bringing them into your home.

DIY Home Gym Hacks

  • Peloton bike-replace with an electric bike and pair it with the Peloton app and a heart-rate monitor. You’ll still be able to receive pedal-rate data and more.
  • Fitness apps versus a personal trainer- Adidas running, Fitbit Premium, and others offer workouts you can do at home.
  • Homemade treadmill- if you are truly a woodworking craftsperson, there are tutorials on making your own instead. This informative video shows you how.
  • Soundproofing- no need for your neighbors to hear you singing your favorite tunes at the top of your lungs as you jog to the moon and back. Look into ways to soundproof your exercise space.

TRENDING TIP: adding a storage section in your gym to keep workout attire, supplements, and protein bars or other appropriate snacks. Not to mention extra socks, bands, towels, and remotes for any electronic devices.


Gym regulars have known this all along: where you workout is almost as important as how you workout. Taking ‘recovery time’ into consideration, add a lounge chair, side table and lamp to your gym room, which offers that in between space for relaxation and rest after a workout. The goal is to create a room you enjoy spending time in. Add your personal touches, add a bit of warmth and take advantage of the exercise trends making our lives more efficient and our bodies healthier.




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