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The Basement Gym

Basement gyms range from equipment placed off to the side of an entertainment center to full rooms dedicated to training. Basements are great for strength training and weightlifting due to the resiliency of the space. With a basement gym you often have the rugged durability needed for serious training but in a space that is more refined and better temperature controlled than e.g. a garage.

 

BENEFITS OF A BASEMENT GYM

  • Basements can offer a dedicated workout space that allows for multiple equipment options and larger fitness equipment such as treadmills, smith machines (squat racks), rowing machines, etc.
  • This part of the house is generally cooler than above-ground floors, which is a plus during strenuous workouts.
  • Basements often have a concrete foundation, meaning they can handle a fair amount of weight.

 

GYM EQUIPMENT IDEAS

  • One or two pieces of cardio equipment. Consider a treadmill and a rowing machine or spin bike.
  • Weight training tools like a squat rack, bench, kettlebells, dumbbells and barbells.
  • Other accessories like stability balls, medicine balls, an exercise mat and a foam roller.

 

ADDED CONSIDERATIONS

Additional flooring is ideal for basement gyms outfitted with rugged strength training and weightlifting equipment. Rubber flooring can be purchased online or at most hardware stores. Standard 50 x 50 cm square interlocking tiles vary in thickness and are easy to install.