How to Turn Your Basement Into a MMA Gym
In today’s hectic modern lifestyle, it can be hard to fit in as much training as we would wish, what with commuting to work and doing long hours. One way to maximize on training time is to work out from home. Obviously, training alone is no substitute for working with a good MMA instructor but if you have put in the necessary hours of practice and fitness work, you will be able to make the most out of your time, especially important when this time is limited. If your gym is at home you can work-out wherever you want, save time driving and your training is less likely to interfere with family and other commitments. Here are some tips on setting up a great gym in your basement.
Most people hyper focus on the equipment when planning their home gym. This is very important but in actual fact some extra attention on the space itself can help turn basement gyms from good to great. Consider the strengths and weaknesses of your basement space when planning your gym. If there are low ceilings, bear that in mind when purchasing equipment. It’s usually easier to plan your space with one big room but if your basement consists of multiple small rooms you could try using one room for weights and one for cardio, which could be easier than knocking down a wall.
According to the National Center for Healthy Housing, good ventilation is essential for curbing indoor air pollution and protecting your health. This is especially import in a gym where you will be breathing heavily. A ceiling fan is a good start, but if you really want to invest in your health a supply and exhaust ventilation system is the way to go.
The start of costs of decent exercise equipment can be daunting, even if a home gym will save you money in the long run. Remember you don’t need to have the perfect home gym from day one – it can evolve and grow over time. Choose what is most important to your work-out routine and invest in that equipment. Build your gym around that concept, perhaps buying second hand equipment for items of secondary importance to you.
Don’t underestimate the value of design as it can make your basement gym into somewhere you actually want to work out. A few little hacks can make a surprising amount of difference. Installing mirrors will give the illusion of a larger space and allow you to check your form when you weight train. Use storage bins to reduce clutter and organise your equipment. Lighting is very important, both from a design perspective and to ensure safety while exercising.
There are many benefits to having a basement gym. While the process of setting one up can be challenging, it is also rewarding. Good luck!
Jess Walter is a freelance writer and mother. She loves the freedom that comes with freelance life and the additional time it means she gets to spend with her family and pets.