Looking to build your home gym? The good news is, you don’t need a lot of space to build a great workout area. Whether you have an entire basement or a small corner of your living room to work with, here are some home gym essentials that will maximize the space you have.

Weights and equipment

Home gym equipment is designed to be compact. Manufacturers consider the limited space that some homeowners have to work with and offer equipment that allows you to do compounding exercises or all-in-one machines that can fit (literally) in the corner of your living room.

Here are a few exercise essentials that will you give you a variety of workout options:

  • Medicine balls
  • Stability balls
  • Dumbbells
  • Kettlebells
  • Resistance bands

When creating an area with weights and heavy equipment, be sure to lay down rubber home gym flooring to protect your floors underneath. Rubber is resilient and able to handle the impact of heavy workouts. That’s why they are the most common type of flooring you’ll see in commercial gyms, gymnasiums, arenas, and anywhere physical training is done.

Add a rubber edge ramp border to the home gym flooring

What if your rubber flooring tiles don’t go from wall to wall? This is a common scenario for people who are creating an exercise corner, rather than using the entire room. The good news is, you can eliminate tripping hazards and add a layer of protection against damages to unfinished rubber surfacing with a Perfect Surfaces rubber edge ramp border. These borders are made of rubber and provide a smooth transition from the rubber flooring to the floor surface underneath. They also give the area a clean and finished look.

Storage space ideas

With all of the workout essentials you have, you’ll need a good storage system to keep these items off the floor and make use of the space you have. We recommend:

  • Turning a bookcase into storage space for your home gym essentials
  • Adding a hanging organizer or hooks to the wall to hang resistance bands
  • Transforming a simple shoe rack into a dumbbell rack
  • Using a tall basket to store workout body bars and muscle rollers

Consider athletic turf

If you have additional space to work with, such as a basement or garage, consider adding artificial turf rolls for sprints and sleds. Some gym flooring companies in Canada provide turf rolls 6’ wide and require no infill for a removable or permanent turf surface. Indoor athletic turf provides athletes with a safe anti-fatigue surface to train and run drills, a perfect addition to your home gym.