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Can I Have a Home Gym Upstairs?

There can be many reasons for wanting to build a home gym, from the convenience factor to that it will save you the cost of a pricey gym membership.  Having all the gear close at hand can also make it harder for you to procrastinate and put off your daily workout. Some people don’t like the social milieux often found in gyms and would prefer to workout without feeling like they’re always being watched or just don’t want to waste time driving back and forth to a gym. 

Whatever reasons you choose for setting up a home gym, you will need to take into account where you will put it.  Basements and garages are often popular places for home gyms, but one question that comes up quite often is, “Can I have a home gym upstairs?”  This article will go over the various considerations you should keep in mind when planning an upper floor home gym.

How Much Weight Can a Floor Withstand?

The rule of thumb for modern homes is that an upper floor can withstand about 30 to 40 pounds per square inch.  This doesn’t mean if you put more than 40 pounds of weight on a square foot of an upper room floor that your floor will cave in. The calculation you need to make is to multiply the square footage of the entire room by the load per square foot the floor can take.  This means that a 100 square foot room could safely withstand 4000 pounds of weight.  Of course, you’ll want to spread this weight evenly across the room and not concentrate it all in one place.

What Type of Equipment Will You Use?

The type of gear you will be storing in your home gym will play a role in how things should be set up.  Machines such as treadmills, stationary bikes, and rowing machines will have a different layout compared to a home gym that’s mostly composed of free weights, barbells, and kettlebells.  Machines can pretty much be placed wherever they are convenient and give you enough space to be used properly.  If you’re using free weights and barbells, you might want to give some extra consideration to your floor.  You probably won’t want to be dropping a barbell with hundreds of pounds of weights on it onto an upper room floor without some serious modifications. 

How Should the Equipment Be Laid Out?

If you are getting close to the limit of what your upper room floor can safely withstand, you may want to employ some strategic positioning.  Putting heavy pieces closer to the walls rather than in the centre of the room is a good idea.  If you know which way your floor joists run, try and place your equipment perpendicularly over top as many joists as possible.  And if you have a load bearing wall running underneath your new gym room, place your heaviest pieces of gear over top of the area that the load bearing wall runs along.

Now that you know that it is certainly possible to have a home gym upstairs, start shopping for your home fitness equipment. Before you get started, download this month’s promotions to save.