The bare necessities: While a bike, treadmill, and cable trainer are essentials for any home gym, tablets, TVs, and wireless sound systems are also modernday musts.
It’s time to unpack that gym bag for good: Boston’s fitness-minded are taking their workouts into their own hands with luxurious home gyms. Here, two local experts explain how to create a wellness paradise—for yourself.
THE GEAR A well-rounded workout entails cardio and strength training. David Aykanian, president of Precision Fitness Equipment, suggests that a home gym should have a treadmill, bike, rowing machine, and functional trainer with cable systems. But, let’s step it up: The modern man’s high-tech gym needs Precision’s Life Fitness Platinum Club series. In addition to its performance-tracking technology, Platinum Club equipment comes with tablets that connect to the Internet, stream TV, and put video tutorials at your fingertips.
THE EXTRAS If you can go big, do go big. LDA Architecture & Interiors Principal Treff LaFleche proposes rock-climbing walls, indoor sports courts, and luxury amenities like saunas and lap pools to embellish the home gym. “Golf rooms are another luxury item,” says LaFleche.“Some men like to have simulated golf software close to the exercise room.”
THE DETAILS Choose natural light or warm-toned LEDs over harsh artificial lighting. For technology, opt for flatscreen TVs and discreet, hands-free, wireless sound systems. “The simplicity of Sonos has been really popular,” says LaFleche, offering “full and complete access” to an iPhone music library. Also, install resilient rubber flooring or commercial-grade recreation tiles, and consider wall padding, too. Above all: Have fun. Your gym is your playground.