Work It: Chic Home Gyms
More and more clients these days are requesting home gyms, and it’s a trend I’m all in favor of. From converting an empty bedroom, to a dedicated workout space in a new build, fitness at your fingertips is both the ultimate in luxury and a practical necessity.
Now this first example isn’t really a true gym, it’s more the craft of the clever stylists at Ikea, but I wanted to include it as an example of fitting in a workout space when you really don’t have room. Sometimes all you need is a closet or nook for weights and kettlebells, and room enough for a yoga mat, and you are on your fitness journey!
Of course, there is the opposite end of the spectrum, where fitness is celebrated in the most over-the-top way possible. Love it!
In a recent ASID showhouse, I was given a small, awkwardly-shaped room that opened onto the backyard, so I decided to use that to my advantage and carve out a dedicated workout space that also served as a side entryway to the home. Also, every gym needs a mirror to help check your form, and the wall of mirror I added instantly doubled the visual space of the room.
This dramatically tiled gym is the ultimate chic “boy’s club”.
Speaking of boy’s clubs, commentator Donny Deutsch has a fantastic rooftop gym and pool, smack in the heart of Manhattan. This could get me to work out regularly, or at least to sun by the pool!
Fellow designer Sara Story’s own home gym in the Texas hill country has captured my heart. I would definitely want to begin each and every day in this sleek modern post-and-beam space, enjoying the marvelous view. I’d want to exercise so much, my friends would have to stage an intervention!
What do you think of a home gym? Would any of these entice you to workout more? Or do you prefer the camraderie of a fitness club? I’d love to hear from you!