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Slide 1 of 18: Let's call it what it is: Working out is, well, a workout. But the right environment can make it so much better—both on your mind and body—especially if you're working out at home. In fact, a well-designed gym in your house can motivate you to hit your fitness goals even more. And exercise equipment definitely doesn't have to be the antithesis of chic. If you're looking for inspiration to make your home gym look more polished and be more functional, you're in the right place. Whether you've got a spare room, a corner, an outdoor space, or even a full basement ready to be converted, these home gym ideas will keep you covered.

Slide 2 of 18: Heather Hilliard made this home gym look elegant by painting it a cool shade of gray and opting for exercise equipment in a similar tone. The consistent color story makes everything feel chic and elevated without having to compromise on functionality. Also, a wall-to-wall mirror can help you work on your form while also making a stuffy basement or small gym feel much larger.  BUY NOW Peleton Stationary Bike Package, $1895

Slide 3 of 18: Choose a modern dresser or sideboard to store your belongings in style and then opt for a statement piece to jazz up the walls as Nicole Hollis did here. Then set up equipment near a window, if you can. BUY NOW Gladiator Overhead Gear Storage Unit, $85

Slide 4 of 18: Think about what you'll be using the space for so you can set the right mood that'll actually inspire you to, well, use it. In this space, Regan Baker Design incorporated plenty of nature-inspired decor to create a calming environment, from the hanging greenery to the decorative wood wall piece and wave-like wallpaper. It's perfect for yoga and other restorative mat routines.BUY NOW Oak and Reed Yoga Blocks, $20

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Slide 5 of 18: Use fun versions of sporty accessories and equipment as decor, like a surfboard, or in this case, skateboards. Alexander Design also opted for quirky, playful seating and neon wall art to keep the energy up in this modern home gym. A punching bag like this one also doubles as decor. Shop Now Amazon Basics Training Rope, $56

Slide 6 of 18: Now, this is a good use of basement space. In this home designed by Breegan Jane, the indoor swimming pool area feels sexy and stylish as well as serene thanks to the circadian rhythm light system that changes color and moderates the internal clock. Opt for a long, slim design that stretches from wall to wall to accommodate a narrow floor plan and allow you to get in those laps. If you can't make yours long enough for laps, install a jet that allows you to swim against the current in place.BUY NOW Heavy Manners The Honeymooner's Towel, $82

Slide 7 of 18: If your media room shares a space with a home gym and/or home office, consider creating more separation with a sliding door. It'll help delineate the hobbies done there and add a little privacy without taking up all the space a swing door would. Another space-saver? An exercise machine that gets it all done with one piece of equipment: Shop Now ProForm Hybrid Trainer, $599

Slide 8 of 18: This is not your average home gym. Heather Hilliard Design converted this basement into an elevated squash court so the homeowner could practice and play whenever. The leather chairs and sitting area right outside provide a seat for lacing up or viewing. Shop Now Dunlap Squash Racquet Set, $80

Slide 9 of 18: If you don't have space for a home gym inside your house, or you already have one but also want to take it outside, utilize your backyard while also setting yourself up to live a healthier lifestyle with a tennis court. As proven by this tennis court in a backyard designed by Edmund Hollander, it will beautify your landscape, too. Shop Now Head Tennis Racquet, $89

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Slide 10 of 18: You don't need a massive space to create a great home gym you'll actually use. Nestled into a corner, this workout space by Rachel Haag and Joy Huber of Castle Homes design team packs all the essentials into a small would-be storage room. There's a mounted ballet barre, weight balls, and a deceptive mirror that's actually an interactive video platform with trainer-guided workouts.Shop Now The Mirror, $1495

Slide 11 of 18: If space and budget allow, add some bells and whistles, like a home sauna for some post-workout detoxing. Here, Studio Griffiths gave this wooden paneling an inky stain, and then back-lit the walls for added drama (heat-resistant lights are a sauna essential). This ensures an easy transition to the edgy concrete materials used in the adjacent space.Shop Now Kolo Spa Bucket and Ladle, $75

Slide 12 of 18: Designer Darryl Carter hung swings and even added a basketball hoop in this converted garage gym for a group of growing boys at their family home. You could also get a kid-sized, arcade-style basketball hoop if space is an issue. Or, choose the chicest one you can find and forgo the sporting functionality altogether: Shop Now CB2 White Leather Basketball Hoop, $399

Slide 13 of 18: This space by Regan Baker Design proves that just about any room can be used as a home gym with the right approach. Baskets house yoga mats, floating shelves hold other workout accessories, and the stationary bike looks much more stylish against the clean, contemporary backdrop.  BUY NOW Peleton Stationary Bike Package, $1895

Slide 14 of 18: Design couple The Novogratz turned their sunroom into a personal gym. The large windows give the effect of being outside—but with air conditioning! To ensure the room can also be used for other activities like reading, resting, meditating, or even as a mudroom, they kept the useable floor space mostly bare and dressed it up with whimsical lighting, floating shelves, and some artwork. Shop Now Everlast Heavy Bag, $55

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Slide 15 of 18: If possible, situate your home gym somewhere with a view. Whether you can look out onto an expansive ocean scene or just see a bit of greenery, being able to look outside might trick you into thinking you're doing something a little chiller than an earlier morning workout.

Slide 16 of 18: This pretty home gym designed by Cass + Nico is tasteful, calming, and practical all at the same time. And it can double as a home office when not being used for workouts. Shop Now Pottery Barn Wall-Mounted Ballet Bar, $169

Slide 17 of 18: Leave room for fun! This industrial home gym by Alexander Design takes advantage of vertical space with a shelving unit for weights and a hanging punching bag for boxing practice. The mat on the floor softens the concrete foundations, too, and the ping pong table allows for some recreation between sets. Shop Now Wolf & Badger Pink Marble Weights, $127

Slide 18 of 18: If you want to make sure you actually sneak in regular sweat sessions, you're going to need a schedule. Hang up a whiteboard and use it to plan your monthly workouts. Pro tip: Fun colors make exercise a little less painstaking. See more at A Bowl Full of Lemons.Shop Now Alo Yoga Mat, $100

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1/18 SLIDES © WILLIAM WALDRON/OTTO

Let's call it what it is: Working out is, well, a workout. But the right environment can make it so much better—both on your mind and body—especially if you're working out at home. In fact, a well-designed gym in your house can motivate you to hit your fitness goals even more. And exercise equipment definitely doesn't have to be the antithesis of chic. If you're looking for inspiration to make your home gym look more polished and be more functional, you're in the right place. Whether you've got a spare room, a corner, an outdoor space, or even a full basement ready to be converted, these home gym ideas will keep you covered.

Microsoft and partners may be compensated if you purchase something through recommended links in this article.

2/18 SLIDES © Dacian Groza

1) Choose an Elevated Color Scheme

Heather Hilliard made this home gym look elegant by painting it a cool shade of gray and opting for exercise equipment in a similar tone. The consistent color story makes everything feel chic and elevated without having to compromise on functionality. Also, a wall-to-wall mirror can help you work on your form while also making a stuffy basement or small gym feel much larger.

BUY NOW Peleton Stationary Bike Package, $1895

Microsoft and partners may be compensated if you purchase something through recommended links in this article.

3/18 SLIDES © Nicole Hollis Studio

2) Make Room for Storage

Choose a modern dresser or sideboard to store your belongings in style and then opt for a statement piece to jazz up the walls as Nicole Hollis did here. Then set up equipment near a window, if you can.

BUY NOW Gladiator Overhead Gear Storage Unit, $85

Microsoft and partners may be compensated if you purchase something through recommended links in this article.

4/18 SLIDES © Regan Baker Design

3) Set the Right Mood

Think about what you'll be using the space for so you can set the right mood that'll actually inspire you to, well, use it. In this space, Regan Baker Design incorporated plenty of nature-inspired decor to create a calming environment, from the hanging greenery to the decorative wood wall piece and wave-like wallpaper. It's perfect for yoga and other restorative mat routines.

BUY NOW Oak and Reed Yoga Blocks, $20

Microsoft and partners may be compensated if you purchase something through recommended links in this article.

Slideshow continues on the next slide

5/18 SLIDES © Alexander Design

4) Hang Funky, Creative Art

Use fun versions of sporty accessories and equipment as decor, like a surfboard, or in this case, skateboards. Alexander Design also opted for quirky, playful seating and neon wall art to keep the energy up in this modern home gym. A punching bag like this one also doubles as decor.

Shop Now Amazon Basics Training Rope, $56

Microsoft and partners may be compensated if you purchase something through recommended links in this article.

6/18 SLIDES © Ryan Garvin & Tyler Hogan

5) Consider an Indoor Pool

Now, this is a good use of basement space. In this home designed by Breegan Jane, the indoor swimming pool area feels sexy and stylish as well as serene thanks to the circadian rhythm light system that changes color and moderates the internal clock. Opt for a long, slim design that stretches from wall to wall to accommodate a narrow floor plan and allow you to get in those laps. If you can't make yours long enough for laps, install a jet that allows you to swim against the current in place.

BUY NOW Heavy Manners The Honeymooner's Towel, $82

Microsoft and partners may be compensated if you purchase something through recommended links in this article.

7/18 SLIDES © Karen E. Millet

6) Separate It With a Pocket Door

If your media room shares a space with a home gym and/or home office, consider creating more separation with a sliding door. It'll help delineate the hobbies done there and add a little privacy without taking up all the space a swing door would. Another space-saver? An exercise machine that gets it all done with one piece of equipment:

Shop Now ProForm Hybrid Trainer, $599

Microsoft and partners may be compensated if you purchase something through recommended links in this article.

8/18 SLIDES © Dacian Groza

7) Play Your Favorite Sport

This is not your average home gym. Heather Hilliard Design converted this basement into an elevated squash court so the homeowner could practice and play whenever. The leather chairs and sitting area right outside provide a seat for lacing up or viewing.

Shop Now Dunlap Squash Racquet Set, $80

Microsoft and partners may be compensated if you purchase something through recommended links in this article.

9/18 SLIDES © Ed Hollander Design

8) Take It Outside

If you don't have space for a home gym inside your house, or you already have one but also want to take it outside, utilize your backyard while also setting yourself up to live a healthier lifestyle with a tennis court. As proven by this tennis court in a backyard designed by Edmund Hollander, it will beautify your landscape, too.

Shop Now Head Tennis Racquet, $89

Microsoft and partners may be compensated if you purchase something through recommended links in this article.

Slideshow continues on the next slide

10/18 SLIDES © Joy Hubner

9) Pack It All in

You don't need a massive space to create a great home gym you'll actually use. Nestled into a corner, this workout space by Rachel Haag and Joy Huber of Castle Homes design team packs all the essentials into a small would-be storage room. There's a mounted ballet barre, weight balls, and a deceptive mirror that's actually an interactive video platform with trainer-guided workouts.

Shop Now The Mirror, $1495

Microsoft and partners may be compensated if you purchase something through recommended links in this article.

11/18 SLIDES © SHARYN CAIRNS

10) Add Some Spa Features

If space and budget allow, add some bells and whistles, like a home sauna for some post-workout detoxing. Here, Studio Griffiths gave this wooden paneling an inky stain, and then back-lit the walls for added drama (heat-resistant lights are a sauna essential). This ensures an easy transition to the edgy concrete materials used in the adjacent space.

Shop Now Kolo Spa Bucket and Ladle, $75

Microsoft and partners may be compensated if you purchase something through recommended links in this article.

12/18 SLIDES © GORDON BEALL

11) Make It Kid-Friendly

Designer Darryl Carter hung swings and even added a basketball hoop in this converted garage gym for a group of growing boys at their family home. You could also get a kid-sized, arcade-style basketball hoop if space is an issue. Or, choose the chicest one you can find and forgo the sporting functionality altogether:

Shop Now CB2 White Leather Basketball Hoop, $399

Microsoft and partners may be compensated if you purchase something through recommended links in this article.

13/18 SLIDES © Regan Baker Design

12) Convert Any Unused Room

This space by Regan Baker Design proves that just about any room can be used as a home gym with the right approach. Baskets house yoga mats, floating shelves hold other workout accessories, and the stationary bike looks much more stylish against the clean, contemporary backdrop.

BUY NOW Peleton Stationary Bike Package, $1895

Microsoft and partners may be compensated if you purchase something through recommended links in this article.

14/18 SLIDES © WILLIAM WALDRON/OTTO

13) Dress It Up With Lighting

Design couple The Novogratz turned their sunroom into a personal gym. The large windows give the effect of being outside—but with air conditioning! To ensure the room can also be used for other activities like reading, resting, meditating, or even as a mudroom, they kept the useable floor space mostly bare and dressed it up with whimsical lighting, floating shelves, and some artwork.

Shop Now Everlast Heavy Bag, $55

Microsoft and partners may be compensated if you purchase something through recommended links in this article.

Slideshow continues on the next slide

15/18 SLIDES © KAA Design Group

14) Look Outside

If possible, situate your home gym somewhere with a view. Whether you can look out onto an expansive ocean scene or just see a bit of greenery, being able to look outside might trick you into thinking you're doing something a little chiller than an earlier morning workout.

Microsoft and partners may be compensated if you purchase something through recommended links in this article.

16/18 SLIDES © Cass + Nico

15) Serve Double Duty

This pretty home gym designed by Cass + Nico is tasteful, calming, and practical all at the same time. And it can double as a home office when not being used for workouts.

Shop Now Pottery Barn Wall-Mounted Ballet Bar, $169

Microsoft and partners may be compensated if you purchase something through recommended links in this article.

17/18 SLIDES © alexander design

16) Add Games

Leave room for fun! This industrial home gym by Alexander Design takes advantage of vertical space with a shelving unit for weights and a hanging punching bag for boxing practice. The mat on the floor softens the concrete foundations, too, and the ping pong table allows for some recreation between sets.

Shop Now Wolf & Badger Pink Marble Weights, $127

Microsoft and partners may be compensated if you purchase something through recommended links in this article.

18/18 SLIDES © Courtesy of A Bowlfull of Lemons

17) Get Organized

If you want to make sure you actually sneak in regular sweat sessions, you're going to need a schedule. Hang up a whiteboard and use it to plan your monthly workouts. Pro tip: Fun colors make exercise a little less painstaking. See more at A Bowl Full of Lemons.

Shop Now Alo Yoga Mat, $100

Microsoft and partners may be compensated if you purchase something through recommended links in this article.

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