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Stay in Shape with These Home Gym Ideas!

January 26, 2021

Since the Movement Control Order (MCO) has forced gyms and fitness centres across the country to temporarily shut down to minimise the spread of the of Covid-19, many people have switched to a home workout routine to stay in shape during the pandemic.

Viluxe Villa, Pulau Pinang by SQFT Space Design Management

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In fact, working out at home is safer and convenient and helps you save time (without needing to commute).

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.

1. A home 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 Archmosphere-ds has transformed a living room into a relaxing space for yoga and meditation.

Andes Condo 2, Puchong Kinrara by Archmosphere-ds

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It features a clean space with minimal furnishing to create a calming environment for the homeowner to stretch and practise aerial yoga. Meanwhile, the tall floor to ceiling bronze mirrors helps the homeowner to improve their posture and make them feel like they are practising yoga in a professional environment.

2. A balcony workout spot

As you work up a sweat, your body will require even more oxygen and air to cool it 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

This outdoor workout space designed by EDI: Essential Design Integrated feels 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 scenic workout room

Having some sort of view while you work out is always a huge plus and 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 surrounding views and the natural light pouring into the space is a perfect inspiration for a good workout! Best of all, this gym comes equipped with a pool table for a relaxing game after an intense workout.

4. A home office 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's a constant reminder to stay in shape, and using it can help you de-stress in between work.

Grey Stone, Adda Height by Fuyu Dezain Sdn. Bhd.

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Take a cue from designer Fuyu Dezain where he used a corner of this landed home office and transform it into a gym. The designer also placed the gym equipment facing a large window so that there’s something to look at during work each cardio fix.

5. An all-inclusive workout room

We love this workout space designed by SQFT Space Design Management that packs fun and function. It features amenities that are typically found at public gyms such as a weight rack, a spinning bike, yoga mats, gym ball and a wall-mounted flat-screen TV to cater for almost any kind of exercise.

Bandar Eco Setia by SQFT Space Design Management

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This workout room is also bright enough to give an energy boost. Besides mirrors and windows, light-coloured walls and floors help bounce the natural light around the room.

6. Living room gym corner

If you can't turn an entire room into a gym, use a corner of your room. In this landed home designed by Core Design Workshop, the living room might not look like a proper workout space, but 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 homeowner can watch their favourite workout videos or YouTube fitness channels and there's an overhead fan to keep them cool while he or she sweats. Meanwhile, minimal furnishings and neutral walls help to eliminate distractions whilst doing regular exercise every day.

7. A side yard swimming pool

If you’re lucky enough to have a home with a big yard, you might want to consider building a swimming pool.

Petaling Jaya by Ambient Design Studio

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Although it is a luxury for many people, a swimming pool gives every homeowner a chance to exercise at any given time, and to do so in a low-impact manner. Low-impact exercise is vital for individuals suffering from any joint or muscle pain, and it can be healthier in the long run than other high-impact workouts. Swimming also can alleviate stress and anxiety, especially after a busy day at work.

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