How to Turn a Basement Into a Home Gym


If you are having difficulty finding time to take advantage of your gym membership, and you have a basement that isn't being used for a specific purpose, converting your basement to a home gym may be an option. In the long run, having a home gym may save you money over the cost of your monthly gym dues. For your gym to be comfortable and functional, you need to implement some important additions to your basement.

Things You'll Need

  • Fans
  • Rubber flooring
  • Television
  • Stereo system
  • Two wall sized mirrors
  • Measure the square footage of your basement, and the height of your ceiling. According to CNN Money, you need at least 120 square feet of space, and 7 to 8 foot ceilings, to accommodate two pieces of cardio equipment, a weight bench and dumbbells. Also, check for the availability and locations of electrical outlets.

  • Make a list of the equipment you would like in your gym. The equipment you select should be based on your workout preferences, cost, and size. You should also consider if the equipment will accommodate your future needs. Sketch a drawing of how you intend to place the equipment in your basement. This will ensure that the equipment will fit. Be sure to allow space for your ability to move freely around your gym. Also, place mirrors on two of your basement walls. Mirrors help you keep form on free weight exercises, and help your basement appear larger.

  • Install a rubber flooring on your basement floor. A rubber floor will help to prevent slipping and falling. Also, rubber flooring is easy to clean, and will not absorb sweat or spilled substances. Rubber flooring, as opposed to carpet, will not attract mold as well.

  • Determine how well your basement is ventilated. A poorly ventilated basement, especially when the humidity is high, may cause your equipment to rust. Also, working out in a poorly ventilated area is unpleasant, and may prevent you from working out regularly. If you determine that your basement needs additional ventilation, consider adding fans or an air conditioning unit.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consider adding a television and stereo system to your basement gym. They will provide stimulation and entertainment that will make your workouts more enjoyable.
  • Consult with your health care provider before beginning an exercise program.

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