As we inch closer to the holidays, the thought of being fit and caring for ourselves rolls in again. You may want to be ready for all the holiday cookies or prepare for a healthier new year. No matter your reason, a home gym can make working out more convenient and safer.
While a dedicated home gym isn’t a necessity, it can be a real luxury, especially if it’s well-designed. To make it a place where you’ll enjoy spending time working out, it’s essential to give it some thought and concentrate on the design.
This article will explore how you can create the best basement gym design.
Tips for creating the best gym design
1. Choose the room
While it’s nice to have an expansive space for your gym, it doesn’t have to be huge. You can turn a small room into your home gym. You can de-emphasize tight quarters by painting the walls and floor in dark colors to create a sense of drama.
Or you can go a step further and redesign your home’s basement. This space tends to be popular for home gyms because it’s often thought of as leftover space. Putting a home gym in the basement can also help you get into a workout mindset because it’s separate from other parts of your house.
2. Take stock of your equipment
The good news is that there are many different ways to work out, from free weights to elliptical machines. But it’s important to know which equipment you’ll actually use. If you have the space, you might want to consider a multi-gym with treadmills — if walking is your thing — rowing machines, exercise bikes, or elliptical trainers.
If you are more into HITT workouts, some of the best exercises you can do at home involve a yoga mat and a set of dumbbells. It’s essential to remember that if you are watching workout videos or need the encouragement of a gym instructor, your Wi-Fi is good so that you can video call with ease.
3. Develop a plan
There’s more to designing a home gym than just piling up equipment in an unused room. You have to create a layout with good spatial flow. For example, you’ll need space for navigating between machines or have space behind a treadmill in case someone falls off.
For electronic machines like treadmills and Peloton bikes, you’ll need to have electrical outlets nearby so you don’t have electrical outlets snaking across the room. You can also have your contractor add floor outlets directly below the machines.
Leaving open space at the center of the room is also essential for several reasons. It will help you have space for floor exercises and other routines and make the area feel less cramped.
4. Address the floor and walls
The flooring and walls in your gym should be both durable and easy to clean. You’ll want to purchase a type of resilient floor, typically interlocking rubber tile or vinyl flooring installed wall-to-wall or as a large area mat on top of other flooring.
You can also purchase cushioned mats that can be rolled out individually into discrete workout zones across a hardwood floor, laminate, or concrete. Consider avoiding carpets altogether because they can be challenging to clean.
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