Gone are the days of the grunge pain cave or unfinished basement with a dusty weight bench. When the pandemic led to the closure of public gyms across the country, it also took the home gym from an afterthought to design priority and shed light on what fitness enthusiasts do knew from the start: Where you train matters almost as much as how you train.
The gym is no longer the stepson of the rest of the house, says New York designer Richard Mishaan, who is building a new workout space in his Hamptons home. What we would normally do as a home gym has changed dramatically since COVID. It requires more attention, more space and more budget.
For her own residence, as well as for clients in Palm Beach and the Hamptons, Mishaan designs gymnasiums with yoga studios that also serve as places to relax between workouts, with a trim level and lighting of atmosphere equal to that of the living room or library. We call them “recovery rooms,” he says. There is a fireplace and two comfortable oversized lounge chairs where people can just grab a book, sit back and relax.
The trend is to create gyms with less and more compact equipment, thanks to the popularity of Peloton bikes, mirror systems and TRX bands. There’s less equipment now, because you can do a full workout with smaller, less bulky parts, explains Brigette Romanek, Los Angeles-based ED A-list designer. There is more interest in meditation and creating places that help people relax than places that are only meant for hard training.
This change of desire encouraged Brigette Romanek to move away from white-box gyms with rubber floors. It’s okay to plaster the walls in different colors, and it’s okay to have your mirror tinted a bit, she says. We also did colored cement floors and a carpet on a soft floor.
Of course, some fitness enthusiasts prefer a more stripped-down, rawer vibe. But even in these cases, the home gym can be designed as as attractive a destination as a private club. Everyone has their own routine, and what they choose really depends on their fitness regimen, says Robert Stilin, designer of the New York ED A-list. For some clients, he designed gyms with weathered wood panels and exposed ceiling joists, industrial-style lighting and fans, and vintage leather chairs and benches. It’s a masculine, old-fashioned vibe for a gym, he says. It’s about creating an environment.
It’s the pleasure of designing a truly personal home gym: You can do whatever you want, not only to choose the fitness equipment, but also to choose the materials, colors and finishes. It doesn’t have to be that cold and sterile, says Brooklyn-based Danielle Fennoy of Revamp Interior Design. It’s an opportunity to do something with a lot more personality and warmth.
Now that fitness is firmly established as a fashionable lifestyle choice – with athletic hobbies and technical sweats all day long – there’s no need to even relegate the equipment to a room deprived of suffering. , she notes. It might be more of a multi-functional space, like a family room, she says, where a yoga mat, dumbbells, and resistance bands can live in a basket in a corner and make the workout too. easy than turning on the television.
Ultimately, the goal is to create a workout space that is among your favorite rooms, so that you will enjoy spending time there. This is what I love about interior design: There is no functional space that you cannot make so beautiful, says Romanek. In the contemporary gym, she adds, every surface is now to be grasped.