While building your own home gym might sound like a luxury, or a lifelong aspiration, with a bit of careful planning you can have all the advantages of personally tailored fitness equipment available for your sole use whenever you want it.
One of the easiest ways to create your home gym is either through extending or remodelling your home, or more easily by utilising a space such as a garden room or an underused garage.
One of the biggest hurdles to achieving your goal is to know how to go about building one and what you need to consider before you start. We’re here to walk you through the process and help you to create your own haven of exercise that will be just what you need for years to come.
Locating the gym on the ground floor is the most sensible option. Fitness machines can be cumbersome and noisy. Locating above ground level will require possible reinforcement of the floors and soundproofing to avoid noise in the adjacent rooms.
An underused garage is one of the best places to locate a gym. The floor has been built to take the weight of a car and so there are no worries about the strength. It will also have strong block walls which are great for hanging equipment on. In addition, the positioning of the garage normally means less noise transfer into the rest of the house. It’s likely you can convert a garage under permitted development rights. As a safeguard for the future, it’s worth applying for a certificate of lawful development from your local authority.
If you were thinking about using a garden room, if you don’t have solid block walls, you will need to reinforce the walls to secure any heavy items. Sound insulating plasterboard will help decrease the sound transfer if you are in close proximity to your neighbours.
The first thing you need to think about before you start to build your home gym is what you want to accomplish in the space. You need to make sure you have somewhere practical to exercise with enough space for you and any equipment you require. In addition make sure you really know what you want to achieve with your new home gym – you need to build your home gym around your fitness goals – do you need space for a treadmill or cross-trainer or do you require space for free weights – or both! Getting the right balance for what you want to achieve both short and long term will ensure you maximise your use of the space.
When choosing flooring for the gym you will need a non-slip product that can withstand the wear of weights and equipment. Carpet really doesn’t work here as it’s hard to clean and tiles will crack if you drop weights on them and can be very slippery. Specialist shock absorbent gym floors, usually made from rubber, are the best choice. Available in a range of colours you can really personalise your space.
Considering how you are going to heat the space can make your workouts all the more enjoyable. Your body temperature changes a lot during a workout and so it’s important to include heating that can easily and quickly be controlled. Underfloor heating is a great option as are radiators that offer more instantaneous heating control. You may also want to consider air conditioning to ensure an enjoyable workout no matter the weather.