If you have basement space you want to put to better use, building a home gym is a great way to do it. There are several special considerations you’ll want to make to create the ideal home gym in this space.
Below we’ll give you our top small workout room ideas and share our thoughts about the best small home gym equipment so you can build the perfect gym for you.
The Benefits of Home Gyms
Home gyms can solve many of the problems we face that prevent us from getting to the gym. Having the freedom to work out when you want to is an irreplaceable option. You’ll also cut the travel time and expense that commuting to and from the gym can cause. In addition, you’ll have a level of privacy that is unmatched, the ability to blast the music that is ideal for you, and you’ll never have to wait for a piece of equipment. While the initial setup cost of a home gym may be high, you’ll avoid monthly gym payments which will save you money in the long run.
Assessing Your Basement
A wide range of basement types can work for a home gym. Large basements are no-brainers for home gyms, but even basements that are divided into small rooms can work if you properly plan. One thing you should do is measure the ceiling to make sure it’s high enough for the equipment you choose. If the ceiling is low or your basement is small, you can choose small, foldable pieces of equipment, create a yoga area, or employ free weights to save space.
Get Your Basement Ready
Preparing the walls, floors, and ceilings is an important first step in creating your basement gym. Sound-absorbing walls can help you prevent distracting your family or neighbors if you like loud music.
As far as flooring, either concrete or rubber flooring is a great choice. You can also lay carpet over rubber flooring to help you reduce sound and create a lower-impact area. Ventilation and lighting are also important. Ceiling fans or freestanding fans will help air circulate and you can add lighting and mirrors so you can properly observe your technique. Stereos and TVs can also help you stay entertained and motivated during your workout.
Choosing Gym Equipment
Your next step is to purchase your gym equipment. Starting small is a good idea, especially if you’re new to working out. Adding pieces of equipment slowly can help you save money, choose only equipment that you’ll truly use, and make sure you have sufficient space.
In addition to equipment, think about what else is important to you. Storage, towels, yoga blocks, and motivating posters can make your space more convenient, functional, and personalized.
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