Basement Home Gyms
Create your own Workout Room and Sanctuary
with a Basement Home Gym
By: Mark J. Donovan
A basement is an ideal spot
for creating a home gym. A basement home gym is away from the rest of
the home so that it does not disturb others and it has a solid floor to
support the weight of heavy home gym equipment. A basement home gym is
also a great way to save on annual gym membership fees and will most
likely result in you working out more regularly. Having a home gym can
cut your workout time in half when you factor in all of the time
necessary to get to and from local gym.
When contemplating creating a
basement home gym, there are number of items you need to consider.
First, it is important to note
that home gym equipment takes us more space then you may realize,
particularly when you factor in necessary area to walk around the exercise
equipment. So when planning to build a basement home gym, make a list of
all of the home gym equipment you intend to have in your gym.
Sketch out some scaled drawings
of the home gym and the gym equipment to make sure the space will be large
enough to properly use the equipment. Also, consider the height of your
basement. It is important to make sure there is sufficient headroom to
allow for standing on a stair stepper, for example.
When sketching out the basement
home gym, also consider space for including a stereo system and/or a
It is important to have your
basement home gym contain as many of the same accoutrements as your local
gym in order to ensure your regular use of it.
When sketching out your drawings for
your basement home gym also consider the location for electrical outlets and
cable boxes. In addition, it is important to consider sufficient lighting.
|Locating a basement home gym near the walk out area of a
basement is an ideal way to let in natural light. If your basement does not
afford you a great deal of natural light, make sure you include sufficient
overhead lighting in your plans. You want to make sure your basement home
gym is well lighted so do not skimp on light fixtures. The use of Can
Incandescent lights is ideal, as they can provide bright spot lighting over
particular areas of the home gym.
Photo by Mark Donovan
If you are into Yoga you may also want
to consider including dimmer controls for the lighting as they can help set the
mood for mediation by dimming the lights.
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It is also important to consider the
flooring in your basement home gym. A cold concrete floor is less than
enjoyable and could lead to cracked weights. Consider installing rubberized
flooring or carpeting.
Air conditioning and ventilation are
also two other major items that must be considered when building a basement
home gym. Make sure the room has plenty of air flow and that the temperature
and humidity levels can be controlled. Basements with high humidity levels can
cause your home gym equipment to potentially rust and become non-functional. In
addition a basement with high humidity levels can cause the growth of mold
spores and mildew. Both are counterproductive to your home and your personal
well being. Ideally your basement home gym’s HVAC system should be designed to
provide cool dry air.
Finally, for the finishing touches,
consider the installation of mirrors and towel racks.
So if you want to work our regularly and are already in the process of planning
a basement remodeling project, consider including a basement home gym. Home
gyms are becoming increasingly popular with homebuyers as more and more workers
spend their days working out of the home. A basement home gym if designed
properly can become both a workout room and a personal sanctuary.
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