Most guys hear the words "home gym" and immediately think of some basement dungeon with dusty old benches and cheapo dumbbells. Nobody wants to work out in one of those dumps. That's why the smart guy designs his home gym to be bright, open, and energizing. A well-designed gym will not only encourage you to work out, it'll also encourage you to maximize your effort once you're cranking through reps.
Here are five essential design cues you’ll need to lay out your home gym for maximum usage, courtesy of:
■ Charlie Brown, Ph.D., sports psychologist and director of performance coaching service Get Your Head in the Game
■ Michele Kerulis, Ed.D., program director of sport and health psychology at Chicago’s Adler University
■ Brad Sherman, a Manhattan-based designer who, until recently, had his office and gym cramped into his apartment