Exercise and well-being are an important part of a lot of people’s lives. From physical to mental benefits, the overall health benefits of incorporating exercise into your daily routine is lengthy. In the last year and a half, the notion of going to the gym became an impossible task due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As the world went into a global lockdown, gyms and wellness centers closed for an unforeseen amount of time- forcing fitness fanatics to find an alternative way to get their daily pump of endorphins. From this, the concept of home workouts and home gyms began to skyrocket, with people rushing to transform areas of their homes into a space where they could practice their favourite forms of exercise- from weightlifting to yoga, dance or martial arts. The advantages of having a home gym are endless. Not only is it free of charge (once you have set the room up), but there is no commute to the gym, dealing with an overcrowded space or avoiding your work out- as your gym is literally in your home. Additionally, home gyms are great for adding value onto your property, as the pandemic has made people weary of germs, so people prefer to work out in a space that isn’t a breeding ground for viruses. So, if you’re wondering “how can I sell my house fast”, perhaps investing in a home gym is a good idea. Here at We Buy Any House we have put together a guide on how to turn your property into the perfect exercise center.
Like any renovation task, it’s essential that there is a lengthy planning process that covers all details. In order to have a clear and concise structure of how your home gym is going to come to fruition, it’s important that each detail is considered carefully.
When it comes to setting up a home gym, there are going to be quite a lot of expenses. In addition to the gym equipment itself, which can be surprisingly expensive, there are other costs that won’t be a part of your original plan. From implementing lighting, flooring, entertainment systems, heating and cooling- to the labour required to install the equipment. Although you may have a clear budget planned and set aside to get your home gym set up, it’s a good idea to set some money aside for extra costs you may not have thought of.
Once you have decided what your gym will consist of and the design of the room, the next step is to think about what space in your property will be used as an exercise room/home gym. There’s a few things to consider, and the final outcome of the room will be heavily impacted by the space chosen.
Gym Equipment: What space in the house can hold the necessary equipment. Think about the weight and noise created by the things you will be using in your home gym, and whether that will cause disruption to the rest of your house. If so, think about using a space such as a basement or garage to convert into your home gym.
Sockets/Electrical Outlets: Does your home gym require electrical outlets that can accommodate things such as a TV, treadmill, sound system or other pieces of equipment that need a source of power? If this is the case, find a room that either has sockets and electrical outlets already in place- or in a place which these amendments can be made.
Flooring: The space in which your home gym is constructed will need specific flooring that caters to the exercise being conducted in the room. Rubber flooring is the most popular choice of flooring in home gyms, as not only is it aesthetically pleasing, but is also insulating, sound absorbent and easy to clean. Rubber flooring also stops the equipment from leaving marks on the floor of your property, so if you were to ever sell or remove the home gym, there would be no floor repair required.
Heating and Ventilation:
Depending on which space you have decided to set up your home gym, heating and air conditioning may be essential. For spaces such as basements and garages, it may get especially cold in the wintertime- which may put you off training. If this is the case, then you may need to invest in an adequate heating system, and ensure that during summer months, there is a cooling system in place.