This custom home by Grove Park Construction shows the level of commitment some homeowners are going to for their home gym experience. Notice the gym flooring, direct access to the outdoors and ample room for weight racks and additional fitness equipment.

The term “home gym” used to refer to a dusty treadmill in the master bedroom that remained buried under a pile of dirty clothes.

Not anymore.

Today’s home gyms are dedicated rooms that have everything from rubber flooring, massive, industrial ceiling fans, added circulation and roll-up garage doors to upgraded internet for connected devices and outdoor access.

Aaron Holladay, director of sales and marketing for Grove Park Construction, said he attributes this increase in the focus on the home gym to the perfect storm of the COVID-19 pandemic forcing fitness at home, evolutions in home gym equipment, availability of commercial gym equipment and broader internet capabilities allowing classes to be livestreamed into the home.

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“This transcends just the pandemic,” Holladay said. “There were always fitness-minded people who wanted a home gym, but today, even casual exercisers have found a way to exercise in their own space. When we are working on a new build, this is something that comes up.”

This homeowner converted a garage into a dedicated gym space with industrial gym flooring, a television, equipment such as the weight and pull-up rack, weight bench, free weights, rower and mirrors.

He said brands like Peloton have changed the game because now you don’t have to go to a gym to have the experience of being at the gym.

“For a lot of years, we did gym equipment in homes with carpet and pads on the carpet and put the gym equipment on the pad,” Holladay said. “Then we started going to low-nap industrial carpet with pads on it. Today, we lay the rubber floors. Today it’s more like a gym than it ever has been before. Commercial products used in workout settings are available to the retail customer for residential applications now.”