You’ve decided to abandon your gym membership in favour of a more long-term investment: a home gym in your garage.
You’re not alone. The trend of turning your garage into a home gym is one that continues to grow with each passing year.
So, whether you’re new to fitness or a seasoned gym-goer, getting your garage conversion right the first time will pay off substantially in the long run, and your gains will go far beyond what you see in the mirror.
Not only will you be saving in gym expenses, but a well-prepared floor surface will mitigate damage to both your floor and your equipment.
In this post, we’ll outline 3 mistakes to avoid before you begin your garage gym conversion, plus some best-practice advice to ensure your space is as successful as your workouts.
Skipping your flooring altogether
You’ve heard the saying, “Don’t skip leg day”.
Well, when converting your garage into a workout space, there’s something else you shouldn’t skip, and that’s your floor surface.
By not considering your garage’s floor surface before starting your home gym renovation, you could be setting yourself up for a costly mistake further down the line. Not only will it damage your existing concrete substrate, but it may even harm your expensive equipment.
No matter how careful you are, lifting heavy weights above your head will require you to drop your dumbells onto the floor at height. At best, you’ll chip your concrete; at worst, you may even crack it.
And that type of impact won’t leave your expensive equipment unscathed either. The impact from your hard floor could cause you to pay out more for replacement equipment. As we’re sure you’ve noticed, gym equipment doesn’t come cheap.
Choosing to neglect your garage floor will also result in a less-than-comfortable workout. Kneeling on a concrete floor can cause havoc with your knees, whilst sit-ups may seriously damage your back.
And finally, concrete is dusty. No matter how much you clean it, you’ll always come away with dust on your hands and your clothes.
Using cheap rubber or foam tiles
Many homeowners who choose to renovate their garage will buy cheap rubber tiles online which were never intended for gym use. This approach will only protect your flooring and equipment for so long. After a while, these cheap rubber tiles will get damaged by the impact caused by your equipment, so it’s best to avoid rubber tiles at all costs.
Interlocking foam tiles are also best avoided. Perfectly fine for low-impact workouts such as Yoga or Pilates, these will not withstand the rigours of heavy plates. Put simply, foam is not the right density, it’s too soft and too bouncy to protect your substrate.
Epoxy coating your garage floor
Applying a floor coating is a good first step, but there are lots of options on the market. One of the most favourable choices is an Epoxy resin floor coating.
Epoxy is applied in the same way that paint is applied, but it is thicker and more hard-wearing. Once cured, the epoxy resin and polyamine hardener are chemically bonded, forming a thick, protective layer.
So, why is this a mistake?
Yes, resin flooring is a great option. But epoxy is only guaranteed for a year – even less when you throw in the demands your home gym will bestow upon it.
So, what’s the best option for your gym floor?
MMA resin is by far the most sensible option for the longevity of your garage gym floor.
MMA stands for Methyl Methacrylate, and it’s an acrylic resin that has been scientifically proven to outperform epoxy and polyurethane coatings.
When applied, it forms a monolithic layer – which means each layer chemically bonds to itself. Therefore, there is no risk of delamination – a common problem with other resin applications. With a full ten-year guarantee, your gym will floor is in safe hands.
At Fusion Coatings, we’ve taken MMA one step further and created GarageTuff – a coating that has been specifically designed for your garage gym floor. Once applied, each coat is ready in as little as 45 minutes, meaning you can achieve the home gym of your dreams sooner.
Turning your garage into a home gym is an excellent long-term investment but neglecting your floor can be a costly mistake.
And even when the novelty of your home gym wears off, you’ll still have a superior floor surface to create a new space – whether it’s a home office, utility room, or even a home cinema. With GarageTuff, your options are endless.
At Fusion Coatings, we offer our installation services across the UK. Get in touch today and our team will be happy to help you arrange a quote.