Tips on how to make the move a success.

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This, you promise yourself, will finally be the year.

You will get in shape in 2011 — and while at it, you will finally do something with that eyesore of a spare bedroom. No more slacking off. It is resolved.

And because you are a born multitasker, you will accomplish both vows by turning that room into a home gym. Brilliant!

But just how do you go about transforming a spare room (or garage or basement area) into your personal health club, minus the sweaty, grunting bodybuilders and onerous monthly fees? The logistics and upfront expense might at first be daunting enough to send you reeling to the couch until at least February. But setting up a home gym that fits your needs is no herculean task.

Two years ago, Ashlee Gadd, a public-relations manager in Sacramento, Calif., cashed in a pricey health-club membership and converted a spare room into a workout space complete with a treadmill, a weight bench, free weights and a stability ball. All that’s missing is a perky receptionist handing her a towel and wishing her a nice day.

“We put in a full-length mirror and hung up corkboards and magnet boards with workout regimens from magazines,”Gadd said. “We have a TV that sits on a tall dresser so we can watch TV while we exercise, or use it to play workout DVDs. We have a bookshelf that houses nutrition books and health magazines, as well as a decorative ladder that holds my yoga block and yoga strap.”

You don’t need an entire spare room to pull off this project, said Ruth Tara, owner of New York-based Home Gym Design.

“Some people without a lot of space will put the cardio (machine) in the bedroom and the rest in the den or even the family room,”she said. “But most people want a whole room.

“I like people to be creative in their gym. Otherwise, it becomes a boring place to be. You want to make it as motivating as you can,”Tara said.

As for the equipment, Richard Martinez, manager of Fitness Outlet Exercise Equipment in Sacramento, said a fully equipped home gym should carry out all four training principles: cardiovascular, flexibility, resistance and strength.

And note: Consumer Reports cautions that, when buying equipment, “Look for (warranties) that provide at least two to three years of coverage on major moving parts and a year for labor.”

As for the rest — flooring, lighting, ventilation, décor, etc. — it depends on your home-design flourishes and personal preferences.

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