Basement Home Gym

by J on January 31, 2010

If you’re fortunate enough to have an unfinished basement and the finances to finish it off, your possibilities are almost endless. But if you are a workout fanatic and spend quite a bit of time at the local gym, you many want to consider putting a home gym in your basement.

Home gyms are becoming increasingly popular—and for good reason. What could be more convenient than working out in your own home? No longer will you have to drive to the gym, find parking, wait your turn for the equipment or use the locker room showers. Even better, you can say goodbye to the expensive contracts and monthly fees.

As with any home improvement project, doing your research ahead of time will ensure that your home gym fits both you and the space. When planning to put in a gym, you will need to take into account the total space of the room and your ceiling height. Certain pieces of exercise equipment require more ceiling allowance than others, so measure carefully and draw up a working layout of the space and the equipment on paper or on the computer.

Are you going to have mainly weights and equipment, or do you also need open space for aerobic exercise? Installing mirrors along one wall will be appreciated by those trying to perfect their techniques, as well as for the aspiring ballerina in your family.

Give careful consideration to the flooring you install in the workout area of your finished basement. Remember, people will be working hard and sweating, so carpeting is probably not the best solution. Rubber flooring would be best from both a personal safety and ease of cleaning standpoint.

Another point to keep in mind concerns the exercise equipment. You may want to purchase equipment that is bolted together rather than welded together. This will make it much easier to transport down the steps into the basement area. You won’t have to worry about maneuvering around tight corners or through small doorways. Besides that, the equipment is heavy, so moving it in pieces makes more sense.

You will also want to decide if your basement home improvement project will include a bathroom. You may decide that you like the convenience of having a bathroom downstairs so that you can avoid repeated trips upstairs. This will also help keep any mess confined to the lower level.

Be sure to hire an experienced home remodeling expert to finish your basement. They will be prepared to deal with all the specifications unique to finishing off lower level additions. Choose wisely, and you’ll soon be enjoying your workout in the comfort of your own home.

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