How is that New Year’s resolution to work out going for you? If running back and forth to the gym just isn’t working for you, it might help you to exercise consistently if you had a home gym.
Home gyms are gaining in popularity; for some people it’s simply easier to work out if they don’t have to leave the home. Perhaps you have small children, and it’s an added expense to pay for childcare every time to want to go work out. Or maybe your schedule is so hectic, it’s just easier for you to squeeze in a workout in your own home.
As you explore this possibility, analyze the available space in your home to see where you could set up a home gym. One of your first considerations will involve figuring out what type of exercising you will be doing, and therefore what type of equipment you will need. If you enjoy yoga or Pilates, a spare bedroom could easily double as your workout room. You’ll need minimal equipment and space.
If, however, you enjoy using weights and all-in-one machines like Bowflex, you’re going to need more space and a ground floor or lower room. You don’t want to put a lot of heavy equipment on a second-floor room. If you have a basement, this could be a perfect way to finish off that space.
Designers and homeowners alike are increasingly including a workout space into basement remodels. If you’re interested in exploring that possibility, you’ll need to take into account three potential problem areas:
1. Mositure control/basement waterproofing
2. Ventilation and light
3. Duct work and wiring
Before you start finishing your basement, you need to make sure that you don’t have a problem with excess moisture. If you think you may, have a professional evaluate it. Often times, problems can be alleviated by regrading your yard so that it slopes away from your home; by making sure your gutters are draining properly; and by sealing any foundation cracks.
Make sure you have enough ventilation and light. Check to see what the code is in your area. You’ll need to be sure there are windows or doors for emergency exits. You’ll also have to figure out how to remodel so that your duct work and wiring is easily accessible if any future problems arise in your home. Once these issues are addressed, you can begin on the remodel.
One of your main decisions will be flooring. Along with carpet, engineered wood is suitable for a basement, but since this is going to be a home gym, you may want to install rubber flooring. Rubber floors are becoming popular with designers for home gyms, play rooms and kids rooms, just to name a few possibilities. These are widely available in rubber rolls or as rubber tiles that interlock with each other. You can find them online, at many big-box stores or from a gym equipment retailer.
Another nice touch is to install mirrors along the wall, just like gyms have. The mirrors allow you to check your form and technique and will also help to brighten up the space and make it feel bigger. Don’t forget to install any other special equipment you may want such as ballet bars or chin-up bars.
Once you no longer have to worry about running back and forth to the gym, you may find that working out is no longer a nuisance, but has instead become a convenient daily habit.