The Home Gym


By Ed Roskowinski, CR

Well it’s that time of year once again. Time to lose that extra few holiday pounds, time to get back into shape, time to either slim down so those favorite jeans fit once again or buy new ones. For me, getting into shape and maintaining a regular exercise regimen doesn’t include leaving home and going to the gym.  It’s all about convenience and not having to go out into the cold to drive somewhere. It’s tough enough to find more than a few minutes each day and to motivate myself to make it happen. So I’m one of the many people who’ve created a space in my home that’s designated as the “Home Gym.”




Home gyms come in many shapes and sizes from the extravagant 400 square foot space with all the equipment of an LA Fitness, to an elliptical in a corner of the living room. The trick is to make it as easy as possible to get your workout started and completed quickly.  If you’re required to move furniture or set up equipment, it’s less likely you’ll make the time, or at least it’s easier to convince yourself you don’t have the time. Also, if that piece of equipment or exercise ball is staring at you every time you sit down to watch Modern Family, you might actually jump up and do a few reps. So create a space where the equipment is visible and easily accessed, even when you only have a few minutes.




When creating a workout space, think about what types of workouts you enjoy doing and make sure you’re able to easily switch to something different when you get bored. I typically don’t do the same thing more than once or twice a week, switching things up often so I don’t get into a rut (maybe a little ADHD). The big kick now is working out to the latest Jillian Michaels or P90X DVD; in this case you simply need a large open space in front of a television.




If you’re really into the full at home gym concept and want the complete experience, there are endless options, all the way from synthetic rubber floors to a resistance swimming pool that functions like a treadmill for swimmers (and doubles as a hot tub). When you’re making this level of investment, it’s vital to work with someone to help think through how the space will be used and how it can help you motivate.




Like all resolutions, whether it’s to eat healthier or to get back into shape, creating a thoughtfully designed space that makes it easier to be successful might just be the key to not having to repeat the same resolution again next year.

Ed Roskowinski is General Manger and VP of Vujovich Design Build, Inc., a 35-year design build firm specializing in building and remodeling unique Twin Cities homes for unique homeowners.

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