Update- We received a lot of really great feedback on this post, so we take an even more in depth look at Home Gym costs and renovations here on this new post!

It may have been a little while since you last left your house to head to the gym. Over the last couple of months we’ve found more and more people bringing their workouts into their home. Whether they’re using apps like Peloton to stream workouts, following along with their normal gym to keep up with the Workout of the Day, or just hopping on the treadmill for a quick couple miles, more frequently than ever there’s a room in the home thats quickly becoming the gym.

Nothing beats being able to exercise at your convenience – and in the comfort and privacy of your own home.  No driving in traffic, showering with strangers, being too hot or too cold, or wondering if the exercise equipment has been recently disinfected.  Even if you’re not an exercise buff, designing your own gym allows you to create the type of space that is conducive to working out. We’ve rounded up a few home gym tips and some incredible inspiration pieces to give you some ideas on how you can incorporate your own sweaty studio into your home renovation.

“Compared with the cost of a gym membership or personal trainer, creating a home gym can pay for itself in no time,” according to Dan DiClerico, home expert and smart home strategist at HomeAdvisor.

Photo by NC Design Studio-Architects – Inspiration for a large contemporary light wood floor home weight room remodel in Other with gray walls

And Wi-Fi-connected exercise equipment has increased the popularity of home gyms, he explains. “For example, a smart exercise bike with an interactive display makes it possible to join your favorite spin class without leaving the house.”

However, if you’re planning to install Wi-Fi-connected exercise equipment, he says it’s important to make sure there’s a good internet connection in the workout area. “That might mean installing additional wireless access points or range extenders to ensure fast internet speed. Otherwise, the weak signal could really slow down your workout.”

Home Gym Space Considerations

Photo by Sebring Design Build – Example of a transitional gray floor home gym design in Chicago with gray walls
Like the black ceiling and pergo floor.

Fortunately, adding a home gym doesn’t have to be a major renovation project. “A finished basement or spare bedroom will do the trick,” DiClerico says. “Just make sure there will be enough clearance around and above the exercise equipment. Clearance requirements vary by machine but, in the case of treadmills, you generally want at least 6 ½ feet of free space at the back of the machine and 1 ½ feet at either side.”

If you don’t have an existing space, DiClerico recommends finishing the basement. The average cost for finishing a basement ranges from $15,000 to $35,000 can range depending on square footage.. If you stick to the basics – hanging and painting drywall and installing plywood floors – he says you can control some of the costs. “But for the best workout experience, you’ll want good lighting, ventilation and audio/visuals, all of which will drive up the cost,” he explains.

If you’re setting up your home gym to have a power rack, it’s going to take up a lot of space, according to Shawn Breyer, owner of Atlanta, Georgia-based Breyer Home Buyers. “Power Racks allow you to set the bar’s height at any level, allowing you to perform bench presses, squats, shoulder presses, etcetera.” He recommends a wall mount power rack.  “When not in use, they fold up and stick out five inches from the wall, allowing you to have your gym and your cars in your garage.”

Flooring Considerations

If you plan on using weights in your home gym, it’s also important to make sure that they’re evenly dispersed across your flooring joist. “You don’t want to load up a dumbbell rack that happens to be in between two floor joists,” Breyer explains. “A 12-by-36-inch piece of 3/4-inch fir plywood can support up to 50 pounds without problems – but the average two-tiered dumbbell rack weighs 705 lbs.” Over time, Breyer says that either the plywood is going to warp or it’s going to collapse under the load.

Breyer also recommends using rubber mats. “No matter what equipment, weights or workouts you throw at them, they can handle it,” he says. “Other benefits are that they’re easy to clean and provide great sound insulation – and that makes for a happy spouse.”

“Whether you’re setting up your gym in your garage or the spare room, if you are performing Olympic lifts such as power cleans and deadlifts, you need to have an Olympic platform,” advises Breyer. “Dropping weights can bust concrete and plywood, costing you hundreds or even thousands to repair the damages.” That’s one to ruin your hardwood floors. However, you can purchase an Olympic platform or, if you’re DIY-inclined, Breyer recommends building your own.

Resale Considerations

When deciding on the layout of your gym, consider how it will affect your home’s resale value. “If you have modified the house in any way, you’ll want to make the necessary repairs and changes prior to relisting your home,” Breyer advises. “And you need to put your gym equipment into storage.” That’s because home buyers like to picture themselves in your home. “If exercise is not a part of their lifestyle, a room full of gym equipment is going to decrease the chances that they will fall in love with your home and want to buy it,” he explains.

More Tips to build a Motivated Workout Area

For building a motivated powerhouse, focus on the following things:

The Mirror – Install mirrors to ensure correct posture while exercising.

Lighting – Proper lighting fixtures create an energetic atmosphere in the basement.

Paint Colors – Choose bright bold colors to boost your energy level.

Posters – You can hang motivational posters and slogans to keep you motivated throughout your workout.

Music – Good music is essential for a home gym. Buy a good music system and consider installing soundproofing drywall.

“It is too far”, “it will be crowded” or “I will be stuck in traffic” – With a gym in the basement, you will be able avoid all the excuses and focus on achieving your fitness goals. So, if you are thinking of giving a new look to the basement, hire an experienced basement renovation contractor like Style Developments to build a home gym and take a step towards building good health.