The Secrets To A Safe Upstairs Gym

By Richard Howe

When you’re putting together a home gym I know it’s not always possible to have it set up in a completely ideal location.

You have to make do with what you have, and things such as lack of space can sometimes be problematic. Another issue people come across is when they have no choice but to put all their equipment on a floor above ground level.

Sometimes this can cause complications if the floor is not solid, but this definitely doesn’t mean you should give up on the idea.


Just keep in mind the following tips to ensure you’re working out safely when above ground level.

1) The first thing to take into account is that the floor will not be as strong as that on the ground floor which has a thick layer of concrete. Instead, it’s likely that there is nothing more than plasterboard, rafters and a layer of chip board beneath you.

The first thing to do therefore is add some reinforcement. It doesn’t have to be expensive. I personally used an extra layer of chip board when my gym was upstairs, and this was enough to save the floor from any serious damage.

You can of course go for the more expensive option and get yourself some gym-style rubber mats. But if you can’t afford it, the cheaper alternative should be fine.

2) The second tip I have for you, is to lift up the layer of carpet or lino you may have and look at where your floorboards have been screwed down. This is where the rafters run under the floor, and therefore the most sturdy areas of the floor.

Make a small mark on your wall in line with these rafters, as later on when you’re equipment is all in place and you’re performing a heavy set of dead lifts or squats, you can position your feet in line with these marks to ensure you have a strong base beneath you.

3) My last tip is to be careful with your weights. One of the drawbacks of working upstairs is the damage that can be caused to the ceiling below by barbells and dumbbells crashing into it from above. To avoid cracks appearing, it’s important that you make a real effort to not drop your weights at the end of each set.

About the Author: Richard Howe is the founder of Basement Bodybuilding and has been helping others to build a better body from home for over 3 years. Visit his website for your free report revealing how to build your own home gym in 7 days at


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