Part 2 – Available Space & Flooring
When planning the layout of the room, first consider the amount of open floor space. The number one mistake that people make when designing home gyms is that they cram in too much equipment. This makes it feel cramped and uncomfortable. From a psychological perspective this is completely contrary to the intention of a health and wellness space. The mind and body should be able to move fluidly and without excessive interruption.
It’s far better to use compact equipment and have ample room to move, than it is to have excessive equipment that seems impressive but is really just in the way. Even with limited equipment in the room, you still need to be careful about filling up the actual floor space. Think about a dance or aerobics studio. The floor is nearly bare! Use that as your inspiration. One great way to check for the minimum amount of space you’ll need is to go through the motions of full body stretching routine. The body is longest when stretching.
If you have the option of selecting the flooring for the room, one option is laminate. The versatility of the space is dramatically increased. Athletic movement often requires the ability to slide or come to a firm, yet soft stop. For example, working on your splits or doing aerobics. A flat floor also increases stability. You will be able to ground and center your body evenly because your feet or shoes will be flush with the floor.
Laminate floors are never secured directly to the subfloor, instead they are floated over the subfloor. This allows laminate flooring to be used over a wide variety of subfloors, including wooden subfloors, existing floors and even concrete slabs.
Before you install, ask Pierce Flooring about the smartest way to make this investment. Don’t forget to mention any future plans as well, such as anticipated moves down the road, in case there are suggestions that could make the investment last longer!
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