Prepare Your Home Gym this Hurricane Season

June 9, 2024

As the hurricane season begins here in Southeast Louisiana, it's crucial to take steps to protect not only your home but also your home gym. Your fitness equipment is an investment in your health and well-being, and safeguarding it during severe weather can save you time, money, and hassle. Here are some ways to prepare your home gym and fitness equipment for severe weather.

Elevate and Secure Equipment

Heavy rain and flooding are common during hurricanes, especially the Greater New Orleans Area. To prevent water damage consider these steps:

  • Elevate your equipment off the ground. Use sturdy pallets or cinder blocks to raise heavy machines like treadmills, exercise bikes, and weight racks.
  • Secure smaller items such as dumbbells, kettlebells, and resistance bands in waterproof containers or place them on higher shelves.

Protect Electrical Components

In the event of an electrical surge or power outage, equipment like treadmills, ellipticals, and smart devices need extra care:

  • Unplug all electrical equipment to prevent damage from power surges.
  • Cover electronic components with plastic sheeting or waterproof covers to shield them from potential moisture that may occur from the high humidity inside due to loss of power.

Check for Loose Items

For more severe storms, loose items can become hazardous projectiles during strong winds:

  • Store free weights, yoga mats, foam rollers, and other small items in secure, enclosed spaces.

Reinforce Windows and Doors

We all know how unpredictable hurricanes can be. In the event of a strong Category 4 or 5 storm, it may be wise to consider the following, if your home gym has windows or exterior doors:

  • Install storm shutters or plywood boards to protect against wind and debris.
  • Seal doors and windows properly to prevent water from entering the space.

Ensure Proper Drainage

Flooding can be mitigated by ensuring water has a place to go:

  • Clear gutters and downspouts to ensure they direct water away from your home gym.
  • Install a sump pump if your gym is in a low-lying area.

Backup Important Data

For those using smart gym equipment:

  • Backup any important workout data stored on devices or apps. Cloud storage is a great way to ensure you don’t lose your progress or personal records.

Prepare an Emergency Kit

In case you need to evacuate:

  • Pack an emergency kit with essential items, including any fitness gear you may need for continued exercise, such as resistance bands or a jump rope.

Review Your Insurance Policy

Make sure your home insurance covers your fitness equipment:

  • Update your insurance policy to include the value of your home gym equipment.
  • Document the condition and value of your equipment with photos and receipts.

Have a Post-Storm Plan

After the storm passes:

  • Inspect your home gym for any damage. Check for water intrusion, mold, or structural issues.
  • Clean and dry your equipment thoroughly before use to prevent mold and mildew.

Final Thoughts

With these preparations, you can help protect your home gym and ensure that you’re ready to get back to your fitness routine as soon as the storm passes. Remember, safety is paramount, and taking these steps can provide peace of mind during hurricane season.

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