Turning your garage into a home gym can be a big investment. You’d want to turn it into your ideal workout space by buying the best equipment and investing in high-quality flooring for your home gym.

But what if after investing so much time and money into your garage gym, you realize that your garage’s floor isn’t leveled?

If this has happened to you, then you’re not alone.

Home garages are generally not leveled for a reason that we’ll discuss later in this post. But first, let’s take a look at how to fix garage gym uneven floor.

Tips for Leveling Your Garage Gym Floor

There are three areas or pieces of equipment in your home gym that should be leveled so you can get the most out of your workouts and avoid injuries. Those areas are:

  1. Lifting Platform
  2. Squat/Power Rack
  3. Benches

Let’s now take a look at how these areas can be leveled for your home gym.

1. How to Level Your Lifting Platform

Lifting Platform

The first thing you’ll need to do in this case is to measure the rise of the weight-lifting platform from the bottom of the slope. Simply place a level on top of your platform toward the edge and raise the platform until the level is completely balanced.

While keeping the platform in the same position, use a measuring tape to measure the distance between the floor and the platform.

Once you’re done with the measurements, you’ll need to create a wedge using plywood sheets that’ll go under your lifting platform to make it leveled.

Below is an awesome yet simple video by Bill Coyne that explains the process in easy steps.

2. How to Level Squat/Power Rack

Squat Rack

Just like the lifting platform, you’ll first need to measure the rise in the squat/power rack from the bottom of the slope.

You have three different options to choose from to create a wedge under the squat/power rack: rubber pieces, steel shims, and plywood pieces.

Based on the measurements you took, buy any one of the above options of the same thickness as the measurement and put them under the downslope sides of the rack.

You can either use an all-purpose glue or a power drill and screws to secure the wedges.

3. How to Level the Benches

Bench Press

You can level the benches in your garage gym using the same method that you use to level the squat/power rack.

However, you might move around your benches inside the garage to perform different exercises so you won’t need to glue or secure them with screws.

You can simply place the wedges under the downslope side of your benches to level them and you should be good to go.

Now that you know how to level the different areas of your garage gym, it’s time to check out why are most garages sloped in the first place.

Why Do Garages Have a Sloped Floor?

Conventional wisdom might suggest that sloped floors are the result of poor construction or negligence on part of the builder. In reality, it is a requirement in certain countries that the garage floors have a slope of eight of an inch per foot of the area. So you’ll usually see a 1 to 2 degrees slope in most garages.

This is to allow water, oil, and other liquids to drain easily from the garage, preventing any spills or leaks from damaging your home.

There’s always the option of leveling the garage gym floor using concrete, but it’s generally not recommended as it is going to be expensive and you might need professional help.

Additionally, completely leveling your garage floor might also be a violation of your local building code and some home insurance policies.

So before thinking about permanently leveling the garage floor, you should consult your local authorities or consult a professional to ensure that you won’t be violating any building codes by doing so.

Is an Uneven Garage Gym Floor Dangerous?

Working out on a floor with less than 1 degree of slope isn’t a cause for concern, but when the slope is greater than that, then heavy lifts like squats, deadlifts, and Olympic lifts might lead to some injuries or imbalances in terms of your strength and muscle development.

For example, if you’ve placed your squat rack or lifting platform facing to the right or left of your garage gym, then you’ll have to compensate more on one side of your body when performing lifts, which can lead to that side of your body becoming stronger than the other as it will be doing most of the work.

In addition to this, uneven garage floors can lead to poor posture, improper lifting technique, or even make you lose your balance when lifting heavy weights.

So if you’re serious about lifting and want to avoid any potential injuries, it’s best to level your garage gym floor and make sure that you’re performing your lifts on an even surface.

Tips for Lifting Weights on an Uneven Floor

Below are some of the tips that will help you safely lift weights on an uneven garage gym floor:

  1. Try to perform all of your exercises (at least the heavier lifts) either facing the back wall or the door of your garage. So you might be facing either up or down the slope but at least both sides of your body will get equally involved while lifting.
  2. Don’t leave the dumbbells or barbells unattended as they might slide down the slope and hit other equipment in your garage and cause damage. So be sure to rack them properly after use.
  3. If the slope is too steep, you can try working out outside the garage or set up your basement as the home gym. Be sure to also check out our post on Garage vs Basement Gym.

Tips for Squatting on an Uneven Floor

It is really important that your feet are completely flat on the floor when squatting, as any unevenness can lead to a bad posture.

This is the reason why you see many advanced-level bodybuilders and powerlifters squatting and even deadlifting barefoot.

When squatting on an uneven floor, be sure to use squat wedges as these will ensure that your feet are balanced on the ground at all times. You can also try placing a weight plate under each of your feet if you don’t have any squat wedges.

Final Thoughts

There you have it!

We hope that the information in this post will prove to be helpful and that you’ll take the necessary steps to level your garage gym floor if it is uneven.

Whether you intend to use the space for lifting heavy weights, doing bodyweight exercises, or even just as a storage area for your home gym equipment, remember that it’s always best to do so on a completely even surface.

Happy Lifting!

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