If you are remodelling your home to include a gym, there may be a number of considerations to think about. Most of us are passionate about our sports and fitness. It is rare for us to stick to just one thing, so you need to think about the other sports you are interested in and how you can accommodate those into your design ideas. If you are spending a lot of money on this project, you want it to be right, and you don’t want to find it doesn’t work for everything you may want to use it for.
Building a studio or gym area is a great project to take on. Some people convert their garages or basements. Others choose to build an outbuilding to accommodate their fitness area. You may want to include a toilet and shower room. You may also want a steam room, depending on your preferences and activities. An area for changing may be necessary if you are building something new, depending how far away it is from your home.
Whether you have your own fitness or dance studio or you are responsible for the upkeep of a business one, you will need to think about the flooring. Sports floors are essential for areas that are taking lots of weight from equipment or multiple bodies moving around. Often, we need them to be specially designed and sprung to reduce the impact on our feet, ankles and spines as we work out or dance. Other considerations for the space include mirrors. You can monitor your posture, shape or stance, and wall protection to cut out noise, acoustics and impact damage from balls.
Building or maintaining a gym is not always an easy job. Roofs tend to be higher and require specialist equipment or trained personnel to run safety checks on them. You may need extra ventilation and air conditioning to keep the temperature optimal, and fumes from chlorine or other chemicals, out. Keeping the floor in pristine condition is one of the toughest jobs. Debris builds up really quickly and easily, so it is essential to keep them swept and vacuumed several times a day.
For your home gym, you may want to consider some privacy for the windows. This is especially true if you are using a room in your home or garage that overlooks the road or a main thoroughfare. Some blinds will accumulate dust and damp quite easily. The damp can turn into spores that can cause problems with your breathing. Over time, they can even cause illness. Think about installing mirrored glass, or external shutters to keep the sun off if you prefer.
Whatever equipment you choose for your home gym, you may want to consider having it serviced annually to ensure it is safe and fit for purpose. You may also want to consider insurance if your friends may come over to use it. Always let someone know if you are working with weights so they can check you are ok.