Finishing a Basement: Planning a Basement Gym

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Many people are considering a basement gym to avoid the ever-rising cost of a gym membership. They also like the idea of having their own fitness center in their basement so that they can go whenever they find the time and can play any music they like, as loud as they would like. Creating a basement gym does mean some initial planning before you start hauling in the heavy weight equipment.

Before you can think about finishing the basement area, you must know how much room you have with which o work. A basement gym that is cramped does not allow for a full set of equipment and hinders the type of exercises you can do. It will not be something you can use a lot. A basement gym should have at least 400-feet squared for several pieces of equipment and room to use it. Ceiling height is also important for taller equipment and jumping exercises.

Materials to Be Used

When creating a basement gym, there are certain materials you should use. You want a fresh environment that is clean, does not hold moisture, is easily wiped off, and kept looking new. You should plan the type of materials to be used on the ceiling, the walls, as a vapor barrier, and the floor. Egress windows should be planned, as well as a door if you want access from outside. Drop ceilings, waterproof concrete sealant, drywall, and an industrial rug with hard rubber mats are some materials to consider.

Lighting for Basement Gym

A basement that is dark is not a place where you will want to spend much time. As part of the planning, you must locate several lights for a brighter basement gym. Track lights, fluorescent lights, and recessed lights are great options for a basement gym.

Electrical Outlets

A basement gym is going to need several electrical outlets. Plan them as you are thinking about a lighting system.


A basement gym without ventilation is going to be hot, humid, and uncomfortable. Plan for a system to remove the stagnant air and deliver fresh, cool air.

Determine Equipment to Be Used

A basement gym is a great alternative to joining a large gym; however, to ensure the same quality of workouts, you should have some complimentary workout equipment. Determine whether you will use free weights, dumbbells or machines. There are also plenty of self-contained workout machines to choose from. Depending on how much room you have and your budget, choose equipment that will enable you to have a quality workout.

Determine Location of Equipment

After choosing the equipment, you need to figure out where it will be positioned in the basement gym. Graph paper and a pencil are instrumental in this process. For large pieces, you want plenty of room around the apparatus. Free weights also need plenty of room for efficient use. Draw out different scenarios with your equipment until you find something that you like.