If you’re thinking about adding a gym to your home, there are a variety of ways to go about it. One option, especially if you have a basement that you don’t use very often, is to simply put the gym into your basement. Although this can be an effective way to create a home gym, there are a few things you might want to keep in mind. Here are five tips to think about if you’re considering turning your basement into a home gym.

1. Deal With Basement Humidity First

Managing your basement’s health will always be the most important thing to do. Health will always come first when it comes to constructing an add-on for your basement, so if you’re currently having issues with basement health, manage those problems before you start putting home gym equipment into the basement.

2. Protect Basement Floors

Whether you’re planning to run, lift weights, or even just ride an elliptical, you can get out in front of a lot of basement problems if you protect your basement floors before you start. Add a protective floor layer for best results.

3. Consider the Installation Process Before You Buy Gear

When you’re buying gear for your new home gym, it’s easy to let your eyes get too big for your basement, causing you to invest in some gear that won’t be easy to add to the basement. Think about how the installation process will go. That way, you’ll be more likely to buy gear that you can easily fit into the basement.

4. Think About Investing in Baseboard Heat

Especially if you live in a colder area, chances are that your basement is going to be very cold most of the time. The floor especially will likely be extremely cold overall because it’s going to be in direct contact with the cold soil outside. Investing in baseboard heating systems can make it much easier for you to stay in your cold basement.

5. Remember Your Home’s Structural Stability

Structural stability may not be something you think you’ll have to consider very often in your home, but it’s something that can be extremely beneficial if you’re adding certain things into the basement. Especially if you’re attaching things to your basement ceiling, like an aerial swing, a punching bag, or a pole for pole dancing, you need to make sure your home’s structural stability will be able to support it.


Turning your basement into a gym doesn’t necessarily have to be super difficult, but it is something that you should pay close attention to if possible. When you’re thinking more about creating a gym in your basement, you need to make sure that gym is just as healthy as a gym you would create elsewhere in your home. With these tips, you can have a home gym that makes you feel happy without having to worry about structural concerns that could arise in your basement.

Zoe Kickhefer