How to Turn Your Garage Into a Home Gym
The past six months have been difficult for those with an active lifestyle.
Gyms around the country have been forced to close, and with much of the guidance surrounding the pandemic being focused around staying indoors, getting some valuable exercise in has been a little tricky.
There are ways around this of course, you just need to find a space within your home that’s fit to become a dedicated exercise area, and what better place than your garage?
If you’re keen on this idea, then read on for some tips about how to turn your garage into a home gym.
The benefits of turning your garage into a home gym
Firstly, let’s start with the benefits:
- Reduces the chance of you getting infections from others
- Limits your excuses for not going to the gym in the first place
- No time needs to be allocated for travelling to the gym (this means more sleep!)
- You are no longer at the mercy of the personal trainers’ questionable music tastes – choose your own soundtrack!
- Sure, you’ll pay a chunk upfront for the equipment, but you’ll save in the long run on gym fees
Have a clearout
OK, let’s get the boring part out the way: the big clearout. This means you’re going to have to go through all of the old junk in your garage, all of the old tools and debris, and just get rid.
At this stage, you’re also going to want to hoover away dust and cobwebs, as well as giving the floor a good sweep.
While it’s not the most glamorous job, you will feel much better for it once you’ve finished, and you’ll have a good idea of how much space you have to play with too.
Heating your garage door
With winter upon us, one of the first things that you’re going to need to figure out is how you’re going to keep your garage warm.
You can always invest in a garage heater, but if your garage door isn’t insulated, then this should be your first port of call. Luckily, we’ve covered the topic briefly in this article here.
If you don’t feel up to the task of insulating your door yourself, don’t forget you could always call in the professionals! A new insulated roller garage door could well be what you’re looking for, and will ultimately save you a great deal of money in the long run.
Once you’ve managed to insulate your garage door, you will get a lot more mileage out of your heater, and you should be set to start thinking about equipment.
Choosing your equipment
The best thing about turning your garage into a gym is that you can tailor the space to suit the style of exercise you prefer.
While you’re obviously limited by the space you have to work with, you can fill it with whatever you like.
Want to become a tank? Get yourself a weight rack, a bench and squat rack and you’re good to go.
Lay down some yoga mats and get a TV bracket installed on the walls so you can follow along to classes.