12 Designer Fitness Centers That Will Make You Actually Want to Work Out
I'm notorious for the whole "I'll start on Monday!" workout regime, but my boo is a personal trainer and does not fall for that. He's heard every excuse in the book — more than once.
With just over four months until we tie the knot (!!!), I'm determined to end the excuses and crank up the sweat factor. While I normally make awkward eye contact with my cat during planks, I have dreams that my future home will someday include a fitness sanctuary like these beauties. (And if it's up to my guy, it most certainly will.)
Modern Fitness Center Overlooking Ocean
The Estates at Acqualina, a Mediterranean-style luxury residential development, is an extension of the renowned Acqualina brand. It features 5.6 acres of grounds and gardens will boast lush landscaped gardens, multiple infinity pools, a FlowRider® for surfers, a basketball court, a bocce court, a dog park, soccer field, a romantic beachfront restaurant and 502 feet of Atlantic oceanfront with Five Star beach and pool services.
The Estates at Acqualina
Organized Home Gym
Jillian Harris, designer on HGTV's Love It or List It Too, has turned this once cluttered gym into an exercise oasis. Instead of having a hodgepodge, everything now has its space and the family can work out without worrying about the risk of bodily injury.
Get Rid of Time Wasters
An app like Caato Time Tracker tells you exactly where your time is going and makes it easy to get rid of time wasters. Turn it off anytime you stop working, and you may find yourself getting much more efficient.
Stretch at Your Desk
Sitting at a desk for eight-plus hours a day takes a toll on the body. To fit a little movement into your day and relieve stress, try some simple and inconspicuous yoga stretches at your desk. Start with a high altar pose then move through eight additional movements, ending with a bridge stretch.
Get Fit While Getting Stuff Done
Have a long list of housework to conquer? You can get that to-do list done and squeeze in moderate exercise at the same time. Weeding, raking, planting seeds, mowing, doing the dishes, vacuuming and mopping are all surprisingly active tasks. They may not give you a six-pack, but they definitely burn some calories.
HGTV MilDolHom - Hidden Hills, CA.
View of the two story gym at the house in Hidden Hills, California. The 22000 square foot estate is worth 23 million dollars and sits on 2.75 acres with 9 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms. There is a limestone cigar room, a wine cellar, a two story gym, a spa, massage room, meditation room, a theater and various lounge spaces inside. Outside there is a large pool, hot tub, sunken fireplace, a full outdoor kitchen, and an amazing view. The entire estate has 7 rooms worth over one million each and the view of the back and front of the house designed to consistently have the "Wow Factor".
Withings Aura Sleep Monitor
Quality sleep improves your overall health, not to mention the energy it gives you to exercise. This under-the-mattress sleep sensor and bedside light monitors your sleep cycles and gently wakes you at the optimal time so you feel refreshed.
Fitbit Aria Scale
This scale talks to your fitness tracker and phone, so you receive celebratory messages as you reach your fitness goals and a big-picture look at your progress over time. Stepping on the scale feels great for a change.
Jaybird Bluetooth Earphones
Boasting sweat-repellant materials, these wireless earbuds are made to fit over your ears so their cord doesn't touch your neck, and wires don’t interrupt your workout. Jog unencumbered.
Xbox Fitness Workout at Home
Bring a celebrity trainer home — Shaun T of Insanity, Tony Horton of P90X, Jillian Michaels and Tracy Anderson — with a video fitness game that can get you into shape with personalized feedback. They respond to your form, power and pulse rate so you get the best results.
Misfit Shine Fitness Tracker Watch
There are other less-than-attractive fitness trackers you can wear on your wrist, but here's one that's stylish and versatile. In the luminous, anodized aluminum color of your choice, the Misfit Shine disc monitors your steps, calories and sleep, while also working as a watch. You can also wear it as a necklace, pin or bracelet.
WiFi-Connected Spin Bike
If the spin class schedule at your gym doesn't work with your schedule, try the Wi-Fi-connected Peloton spin bike that streams live spin classes directly from New York City to your machine. You'll have a front-row seat facing the instructor, complete with video chat.
Modern Fitness Center in NYC
Purchasers will be able to feel the burn at 50 West—the Financial District's highly anticipated residential tower—at its all-inclusive fitness studio. The studio includes separate areas for functional cardio and weight activities, as well as studios dedicated for private instruction with your favorite trainer.
Modern, Industrial Fitness Center
393 West End Ave, located on the South West corner of 79th Street and West End Avenue, is a classic 17 story prewar building being developed by Simon Baron Development. The landmarked development has been brilliantly reimagined by Vicente Wolf, marrying the best of classic pre-war with contemporary design and interiors.
393 West End Ave
Dark Wooden Planks
When Ashley purchased her Atlanta bungalow in 2008, she intended to turn its dark, wood-paneled attic into a yoga studio. In order to update it correctly, she'd need to replace the wood paneling with drywall, tear out the damaged wood floors and add natural light by replacing tiny dormer windows with a large 3x4 foot window and a custom skylight.
A Well-Balanced Space
In order utilize her attic space as a yoga studio, Ashley dedicated one side for instructing classes. To keep the top-floor area feeling serene and airy, she used a shade of blue for the walls, while yellow and turquoise add energy to the space through accents such as yoga mats.
Yoga-centric spaces must be clean and minimal so that students can remain focused and clear-headed. In order to keep her essential yoga supplies nearby, neat and uncluttered, Ashley designed a cubby system with an integrated refrigerator for keeping bottled water chilled, and mats and towels organized.
The dark wood floating floors presented the most challenges. In its original condition, the space underfoot was made up of damaged hardwoods installed above uneven floor boards. It wasn't until her contractor started installation that he noticed a major dip on one side. Before installing the new dark wood floating floor, he had to replace 50% of the floor boards, then add leveling compound.
Originally, the wood-paneled stairwell leading up to Ashley's attic was extremely dark and dingy. To lighten it up, she used the same whitewashed horizontal pine used throughout the studio. Now the stairwell wall serves as the central divider between the area designated for yoga sessions and the space meant for desk work.
Reconsidering the Skylight
Natural light was one of the most important elements in the yoga studio. Although Ashley's thrilled with the great amount of sun peeking through her new skylight, the window presents several challenges for the homeowner. "The skylight is causing areas of the wood floor to fade and it makes the space warm at certain times of the day," says Ashley.