Getting hurt in a home gym usually means pulling a muscle or dropping a weight on your foot.
But as former heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson tragically learned last month, a home gym can turn deadly, especially for unsupervised children.
Tyson’s daughter, Exodus, 4, was playing on a treadmill at her Phoenix home May 25 when her head apparently slipped inside a cord hanging under the console, Phoenix police told The Associated Press. The girl died the next day.
So, how do you keep the home gym safe?
The first step comes in a good floor design, says Josh McNutt, co-founder of Fit Nation Inc. in Oklahoma City and a nationally certified personal trainer.
Big equipment such as treadmills, ellipticals and stationary bicycles should go against the wall or in a separate area. Electrical cords should be fairly taut and have flat cord covers so they can’t be tripped over, McNutt said.
McNutt also recommends buying the sturdiest equipment affordable, with the fewest moving parts and the most safety features, such as a removable key to keep the treadmill from turning on.
Some gym equipment doesn’t come assembled, so if you are a novice at putting things together, then hire someone to do it for you.
To avoid slips and falls, have a place to put resistance bands, medicine balls, handheld weights and other loose items when not in use.
"A lot of people use those big sterilized tubs with the lids, so once you pull the equipment out you can put it back up,” McNutt said.