It may surprise you to realize that you can adapt any kind of fitness routine to be done at home, including Mixed Martial Arts, or MMA. Here are six things you can do to turn your basement into an MMA gym.
1. Design and Build for the Space
A basement is primarily a space to store things and part of the foundation of a home. This means your basement may not be ideal for a gym. If it isn’t, you can find ways to work around that or choose to create your gym in a different part of the house. If you want to work with the space, make sure your design won’t interfere with any of the support aspects of your space, such as support poles. Your design should maximize the space, too, incorporating collapsible or easily storable equipment, an open floorplan and moveable bins for storage.
2. Gather Appropriate Equipment
Not only do you need to make sure your space is amenable to the types of workout routines you’ll be doing, but you also need to make sure you have the appropriate equipment for MMA workouts and the space can comfortably fit that equipment. There are some types of equipment every MMA gym should have, such as punching bags, training dummies and floor mats or tiles. You should also gather general workout equipment, such as a yoga mat, dumbbells and jump ropes. Try to include a fully stocked first aid kid and make sure you can easily access post-workout supplies, such as foam rollers and ice.
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3. Hire Professionals for Any Wiring And Remodeling
Depending on the current state of your basement, you may need to remodel or rewire it to accommodate your gym needs. Unless you are a professional electrician or remodeling contractor, never attempt to do this kind of work on your own. Hire a professional to make these updates and changes safely and properly. During the remodeling or rewiring process, you can ask questions and learn how to maintain your new home gym, including resetting circuit breakers and knowing when to call the electrician for help.
4. Work with a Coach
While anyone can work out at home, not everyone chooses to practice MMA at home. If you’re just beginning your MMA journey, then it’s a good idea to start working with a coach in a professional setting before you start working on your own at home so you can develop a strong foundation and minimize risk of injury. If you’re already experienced in practicing MMA, then it’s still a good idea to talk to a coach you know or work with about your options.
5. File Any Necessary Paperwork
Commercial MMA gyms need to have various permits, licenses and other paperwork in order to operate as businesses and protect the property and the business. While a home gym may not need as much legal paperwork, make sure you review your jurisdiction’s requirements for homeowners. There may be certain things you want to do with your home MMA gym that you either can’t do at all in your jurisdiction or that you can only do with a building permit, such as extensive remodeling. Gather and file any necessary paperwork before you start working on converting your basement into a gym.
6. Learn How To Protect Yourself And Treat Injuries
Any type of physical activity can result in injuries, including MMA. Therefore, you should make sure you know the most common injuries that can occur as a result of MMA, the injuries or strains you personally are most at risk for and how to treat those. Make sure you understand how common exercise injury treatment works and what to do. You should also be aware of what a more serious injury looks like and when to seek professional medical treatment.
As with any home fitness activity, remember that you can adapt MMA in many ways, depending on your comfort and experience level, your space and your needs. Make sure you set things up in such a way that you can practice and workout safely.
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