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7 Home Gym Ideas to Help You Achieve Your 2023 Fitness Goals

January 5, 2023

New year, new you, and also, a new home gym!

Let’s face it — one of the biggest hurdles to getting fit is yourself. No, really. How many times have you talked yourself out of exercising because 1) it’s too expensive 2) takes up too much time to travel to the gym and back?

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If physical fitness has become a lifelong commitment for you, why not consider building a sport/exercise corner at home? No membership fees, no operating hours, and (thankfully) no jostling with others for a piece of equipment. If this prospect doesn’t get you pumped up, perhaps checking out these 7 homes will get your heart racing!


1. Install a bouldering wall

There’s no time like the present to start training your core, and one of the best ways to do that is through bouldering! However, instead of shelling out $25 every time for a climbing session, you could simply have one installed in your home – easy access and a one-time payment, talk about a good investment for your dream bod!

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And if you happen to have rambunctious young kids, consider outfitting their room with a kids version as well. After all, it’s a healthy way for them to expend all that energy before they go to bed.

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2. Turn that spare room into a multi-purpose studio

Speaking of core training, you can even consider pole dancing (or just dancing). And building a studio should be relatively easy – simply kit out your spare room with mirrors, non-slip flooring and, if you would like, a sound system.

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Because such a room would be free of any bulky furniture, it also affords you the flexibility to use it for virtually anything else when not dancing.


3. …or go all the way and make it a fully fledged weights room

So, a conventional gym setup has plenty of bulky equipment and it might seem tough to replicate in a small home, but honestly, with a bit of clever space planning, it’s entirely possible to fit one in!

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According to the owners of this decades-old 5-room flat, floor-to-ceiling glass panels were used to create an ‘enlargement effect’, and they do in fact use this home gym quite regularly! Read all about their renovation journey here.


4. Install a multi-station home gym machine in your living room…

If you don’t have any spare rooms to convert into a home gym, consider having one right in the middle of your living room! Here’s how: use a gym mat to demarcate your workout space, and have a built-in partition at your entryway for additional privacy.

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5. …or carve out a simple fitness corner within

But if that’s too much for you, the good news is that you don’t need much to keep fit at home. Case in point: this BTO where the only fitness-related fixture is a pull-up bar, accompanied by gym mats and free weights to form a fitness corner at the back of their living room.

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That way, the owners get to watch the television while exercising, and remove the mats and weights away when there are guests over.

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6. Transform a regular wall into a fun-filled obstacle course for your little ones

Habits form the easiest when we’re young, so it’s best to get your children to start exercising early. This condominium proves that it’s entirely possible to convert your walkways/corridors into play spaces. Build in some fun features like a climbing net/rope and top them off with a couple of mats for a soft landing.

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7. Have your walk-in wardrobe pull double duty as a spin studio

Space is a precious commodity in Singapore. So, if you’re going to sacrifice a room for a walk-in wardrobe, you might as well make the most of it.

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The owners of this 4-room resale flat did just that by placing an exercise bike in theirs while ensuring they still have enough room to dress up. Here, a TV was also mounted on the wall (read: it doesn’t take up floor space that way) to make it easy to follow spin instructor videos, along with LED strip lights to complete the vibe. No more excuses about spin classes being fully booked!


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This article was originally published on 9 Jan 2020 and last updated on 5 Jan 2023.

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