Creating A Home Gym In A Small Space

Since last month, I have been working on creating a more pleasant atmosphere in my home gym.  I don’t have a lot of space dedicated to exercising, so I had to be creative.  Here’s the reveal.

Home Gym - BeforeFor 18 months or so, this is where I exercised.  Prior to January 2016, the walls were bare.  Not very appealing.

Home Gym 1

My Home Exercise Corner

Now, my exercise space is a lot more organized.  I CANNOT function in disorganized spaces.  Since my area is limited, I needed to go vertical.  Hence, the book cases.

Home Gym 2The cork board holds current fitness challenges so that they are easily accessible.  I want a treadmill, so I saved a magazine article about the top rated treadmills. My jump rope is hanging on the hook on the left.  My three resistance bands are hanging on the hook on the right.  The stereo was still packed in a box from our move in June 2014.  I might as well use it.  I purchased my exercise mat when I started exercising with the Body and Soul Ministry at church.  It has served me very well since that time.

Home Gym 4Storage.  Storage.  Storage.  I am a visual person.  I decided to use my craftiness to create the weight loss jars on the top shelf.  They are labelled “Pounds LOST!!!” and “Pounds To Lose.”  One marble represents one pound.  The blue bin on the top shelf holds washcloths and baby wipes.  The bin on the middle shelf holds extra water bottles.  It seems that every time that I attend a fitness related event, I get a free water bottle.  The bins on the bottom shelf hold my miscellaneous items (on the left) and hubby’s items (on the right).

Home Gym 5My laptop is for watching exercise DVDs and YouTube videos.  As I acquire additional exercise DVDs, they will be stored on the top shelf. The binders (one for me and one for hubby) hold exercise challenges and magazine articles (in sheet protectors) that I want to save.  The magazine holders have magazines and fitness books.  Weights (5lb and 8lb), ball and roller are on the bottom shelf.

Side note:  The backs of the bookcases and magazine holders were blank.  I covered them in vinyl contact paper.  Craftiness again.

If you have created a home gym, regardless of its size, please share your experiences with me.  You can leave a comment at the end of this post or on the Facebook fan page, Tweet me, or complete the form on the Contact page. Be blessed. Remain encouraged.

Min. Crystal L. Cochren