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Tips and Ideas for Home Gym Additions
Building a gym in your home makes it much easier to work out regularly. You avoid the crowds, the sweaty equipment and have the freedom to exercise whenever you want.
There are some obvious choices for a home gym, such as the garage or the basement. But it can be a challenge to find a suitable space for a gym in your home. Qualified contractors can help you decide how best to utilize the space you have.
You can either spend a chunk of your money on gym memberships each month or make a one-time investment and create a gym at home, which has everything that you want.
Why Build a Home Gym?
Home gyms became somewhat of a necessity for most of us during lockdowns in 2020. What seemed like a luxury before is now quite accessible.
Building home gyms is not that difficult. You can convert any excess space in your home into a gym. Or hire a contractor to build a home addition that you can use as a gym.
It’s also not as expensive as you may think to build a home gym addition.
You’ll find that most home gym essentials such as free weights, bench, jump rope, sandbags, battle ropes, and resistance bands are affordable. And if you already have space, you’ll have to spend only a small amount on construction.
Although home gym additions don’t add value to your home per se, it’s still an attractive feature to have.
Tips for Creating a Home Gym
The first thing you need to ensure is that your home is safe for the equipment you’ll need for your gym.
For that, you’ll need to consider some of the following.
Flooring is an essential component of your home gym, even more than the equipment and the amount of space you have.
You’ll slam down heavy equipment such as deadlift bars and battle ropes, so your floor needs to be reinforced to handle that stress.
Your floors also need to be non-slip, so particular gym floors, rubber sheets, or bumper plates are essential. It’ll help with noise control, too, preventing the sound of plates hitting the floor and disturbing your neighbors.
Working out in a humid room is not going to be very pleasant. You’ll welcome unnecessary germs and odors into your sanctuary if your airflow is inappropriate according to the rooms’ use.
So when you’re building a home gym addition, add big windows that can open, an extra air duct, and an exhaust fan.
Having a lot of storage is not essential, but having proper storage is.
Properly securing your equipment is essential to keep them in proper working order. Not to mention that you’ll also limit your free space.
There are many storage options available to you. If you decide to consult contractors, they can help you explore these various options and offer you custom solutions to fit your space.
You don’t want to build your home gym in a secluded dark area because that’s a recipe to demotivate you from working out.
Choose bright and welcoming colors to paint your space, look to popular gyms for color scheme ideas. Ensure you allow as much natural light as possible in your home gym.
Some of your gym equipment will have power lines and sockets, so design the room in a way that the cords and receptacles don’t get in your way or ruin the aesthetics.
Ideas for Home Gym Additions
There are a few things to consider before you select a space for your home gym. For example, what kind of workouts will you be doing? Will there be more than one person in there at a time? Do you want to use the space for other activities?
Here are some home gym addition ideas that you can take inspiration from.
1. Open-Air or Backyard Home Gym
Open-air gyms in your backyard are great because you have the sun and fresh air to get you in a good mood for your workout and kick start your adrenaline rush.
You can set up an agility ladder on the floor, get a few blocks for box jumps, and a CrossFit rack for your open-air gym, and you’re good to go.
An open-air gym is the most cost-effective option. However you potentially create an eyesore and lose valuable garden space.
2. Garage Home Gym
Garage home gyms are ideal because it offers you ample space, with solid foundations that you can easily cover with your gym flooring.
Depending on the size of your garage, you don’t necessarily have to sacrifice your parking space. However, if this is not the case, and securing your car in your garage is essential to you, you may need to consider other options.
3. Basement Home Gym
A basement is an excellent place for a home gym if you can get your equipment down there.
The treadmill’s noise or the clanking of weights won’t disturb your neighbors or family because the walls are thick, and there are no adjoining rooms. And again, the same as your garage, you will have a solid foundation to lay your gym flooring. So there is no concern with weakening or breaking floorboards.
4. Fitness Corner
If you have ample space, such as in your living or dining room, you can consider creating your own fitness corner.
For people who don’t have room to spare, adding hooks and shelves on a wall for your fitness gear is an excellent alternative to a gym room.
5. Spare Room
If you have a spare room or a guest room that never gets used, this could make for an ideal option. The primary consideration here is the floor. You need to ensure that your floorboards are secure and can handle the added wear and tear along with the additional weight.
Home gym additions will make it convenient for you to take care of your fitness. We offer contracting services and build home gyms that are well ventilated, spacious, and according to your requirements.
Contact us for a free consultation to discuss all your specifications and build you a home gym addition that you can enjoy!