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Stay Active and in Shape with These Home Gym Ideas!

January 10, 2023

You can workout at any time of the day, minus the crowd!

Getting in shape is usually on everyone's list of New Year's resolutions. Starting an exercise and diet programme is simple enough, but sticking to it all year? That’s a different story...

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If finding time to work out is your biggest issue, why not create a gym in your own home instead? After all, having a dedicated space to exercise without leaving the house can make it easier for you to integrate workouts into your daily schedule. Whether you’re looking for a Zen yoga room or a place to pump some heavy iron, take a look at these home gyms for inspiration.

Bonus: We also have gym ideas for your young ones too!


1. A living room with an aerial yoga area

If you enjoy doing yoga, setting up a makeshift yoga studio at home is much easier than you think. Take design inspiration from this 3-bedroom condominium, where the designer integrated a relaxing space for yoga and meditation in the living room.

Andes Condo 2, Puchong Kinrara by Archmosphere-ds
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It features a clean space with minimal furnishings to create a calming environment and allow plenty of space for the homeowner to stretch and practise aerial yoga. Meanwhile, the tall floor-to-ceiling bronze mirrors help the homeowner to improve their posture and make them feel like they are practising yoga in a professional but private environment.

2. A balcony workout spot

As you work up a sweat, your body will require even more oxygen and air to cool down. Thus, a well-ventilated area such as the balcony is one of the best places to set up a home gym or a workout area.

Sri Pilmoor by EDI: Essential Design Integrated
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This outdoor workout space looks like an extremely calm place to do a morning workout routine. It also features a basic sound system that allows the homeowner to listen to some tunes to keep them motivated during each workout session.

3. A dedicated gym with a scenic view

Having some sort of view while you work out is always a huge plus and an extra motivator to break a sweat every day, so consider setting up an exercise room surrounded by glass windows.

Grove Lake Fields, Sungai Besi by One Space Sdn Bhd
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Take design inspiration from this landed home, where floor-to-ceiling glass walls provide amazing unobstructed views that are ideal for motivating you to work out. Best of all, this gym comes equipped with a pool table, perfect for some post-workout downtime.

4. A 2-in-1 home office and gym

If you're convinced you don't have any extra space for your favourite exercise equipment, try squeezing it into your home office. It serves as a constant reminder to stay fit, and using it can help you de-stress in between jobs.

Grey Stone, Adda Height by Fuyu Dezain Sdn. Bhd.
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Take a cue from this home where Fuyu Dezain used a corner of this landed home office and transform it into a gym so that the owners can squeeze in a quick workout no matter how busy their workday is. The designer also placed the gym equipment facing a large window so that there’s something to look at while doing cardio.

5. A living room gym corner

If you can't turn an entire room into a gym, use a corner of your room. This home proves that just about any room can be used as a home gym with the right approach. The gym equipment located behind the grey sofa seems to blend perfectly well with the tall drapes for a cohesive look.

Shah Alam by Core Design Workshop
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The exercise machine faces a TV projector where the homeowners can watch their favourite workout videos or YouTube fitness channels, and there's an overhead fan to keep them cool while they sweat. Meanwhile, minimal furnishings and neutral walls help to eliminate distractions while doing regular exercise every day.

6. A bright and spacious workout room

The spacious-looking gym is an ideal space for group workouts. It has a wraparound window with a garden view, and floor-to-ceiling mirrors help to enhance the sense of space.

Bandar Eco Setia by SQFT Space Design Management
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A classic exercise bike, yoga mats, a punching bag, dumbbells, and gym balls mean there are lots of exercises to choose from (without fighting over equipment). On the other hand, a wall-mounted screen is ideal for owners who want to distract themselves from the burn by watching fitness tutorials, body-pumping music videos, or binge-watching their favourite series!

7. A cool, dark home gym

Bright and stark white walls aren't the only option to create an inviting home gym. A moody, dark tone can make a space look cooler. In fact, many workout studios these days have that ‘nightclub’ vibe with loud, bassy music and dark rooms that motivate you to push yourself harder and make you feel less insecure about your movement.

Buntong, Ipoh by Red Land Design
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This workout room exemplifies the point perfectly. It has grey walls and a dark wooden floor that complement the gym equipment. This helps to distinguish the workout area from other rooms in the house, and the minimalist look ensures that there are no distractions while the owners focus on their training.

8. A fully equipped workout room

If you're a serious fitness freak, then this no-nonsense, fully loaded home gym might be well worth the investment. It features a palette of greys, taupes, and whites, and the consistent colour story makes everything look elevated without having to compromise on functionality.

Temasya Glenmarie, Selangor by The Grid Studio
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It is also packed with equipment typically found at public gyms, such as a shockproof floor (to prevent any damage to the hardwood floors), a rowing machine, an assortment of weights and dumbbells, and a spin bike, just to name a few. Meanwhile, a large mirror on the walls allows the owners to check their form while also increasing the perception of space.

9. A dual-function workout room

If you have family members who enjoy different types of workouts, why not split the space into two sections to accommodate both.

Estilo Industrial, Kuala Lumpur by Klaasmen Sdn. Bhd.
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Take a cue from this workout room, which is divided into two sections: one for high-intensity workouts like pull-ups or boxing, and the other for lower-intensity workouts like yoga or pilates.

Our favourite part of the gym is the glass roof and the faux grass carpet that give the impression that you are outside (but with air conditioning!). There’s also a mini-refrigerator to keep your drinks cold and simple storage solutions to keep workout equipment neat and organised.

Estilo Industrial, Kuala Lumpur by Klaasmen Sdn. Bhd.
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Estilo Industrial, Kuala Lumpur by Klaasmen Sdn. Bhd.
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10. A kid-friendly gym

Kids seem to have an unlimited supply of energy, so why not encourage your little ones to break a sweat within the confines of their own space? This will prevent them from running around the house, climbing the windows, and jumping on the bed.

Eco Sanctuary Terrace, Selangor by Kotak Kreatif Design Studio
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Take design inspiration from this kids' playroom, which includes a mini climbing wall with a forest wallpaper and colourful holds to make the wall look more appealing. The floor beneath the walls is secured with crash mats to ensure your child’s safety. Other functionalities, such as gymnastic rings and climbing ropes, were added to the unit to add more fun to the space. This play equipment takes up little space as it is placed against the wall, making it an excellent choice for small rooms!

Eco Sanctuary Terrace, Selangor by Kotak Kreatif Design Studio
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