Ideas to Create the Ultimate Garden Workout Space
Now that the New Year has arrived, who’s hitting the gym?
In the past month, there has been a 20% increase in Pinterest searches for 'home gym' and 18 thousand Google searches. This surge in interest can be attributed to many Brits who are determined to achieve their fitness goals in 2024 within the comfort of their own homes.
Having a home gym offers numerous advantages and can prove to be more cost-effective in the long run, as it involves a one-time investment in equipment rather than expensive monthly memberships.
However, finding the ideal location within your home for your gym equipment can be challenging, especially if space is limited. To address this issue, we have compiled some valuable advice on how to transform your garden space into the ultimate workout space. All you need is a bit of imagination and creativity and you’ll have 24/7 access to your very own home gym in no time at all!
It's a fantastic and personal project! Check out these unique ideas to make your home gym functional and enjoyable:
Find your Perfect Space
Finding the right place in your home to set up your home gym is important. A garden building is perfect, it means you don’t have to convert a bedroom or living space and it means you have a dedicated workout space to fully commit to exercise.
It’s important to consider what workout equipment you will want; a smaller garden building will work for workouts such as Pilates but for multiple types of gym equipment that range in size you’ll need a larger garden room such as a log cabin or summer house.
The Tiger XL Heavyweight Workshop Shed is an amazing space to set up a home gym due to its solid structure, massive internal storage space and extra eaves height.
When planning your home gym, be mindful of the space you’ll need for your equipment. For instance, some gym machines require a garden building with a lot of height. Likewise, it’s a good idea to choose a garden building with double doors to ensure you can fit your big gym equipment in your garden building.
A log cabin like The Javan makes an ideal home gym because of its extra roof height, double doors and heavy-duty design with strong tongue and groove floorboards.
A strong tongue and groove floor is best for strength and durability. Avoid cheaper sheds with OSB boards as they are weaker and absorb moisture. The gym flooring also shouldn’t be overlooked. It’s an important aspect that will protect your floor, so add cushioning and comfort and make sure it’s strong and durable. Warm Floor Tiles are a popular choice for shock absorption and compression recovery characteristics when using heavy gym equipment and weights.
Prepping your Space
Insulation and ventilation for year-round comfort is important for regulating temperature, preventing condensation, and keeping your room fresh, especially important for high intensity workouts. Throughout the summer months natural light will be perfect lighting for your workouts, however, you’ll need artificial lighting for evening workouts and the Winter months.
Create a dynamic and energising atmosphere by incorporating smart lighting that can be adjusted to different intensities and colours. Overhead lighting is great for using machinery as it allows you to see what you’re doing properly, whereas soft, warmer lighting can help create a relaxing atmosphere for when you’re de-stressing after work with some meditation or Yoga.
Once you have your garden building ready, it’s time to add some furniture. It's important to remember that storage is key. You can maximise your space with wall mounted shelves, hooks, and racks for weights, towels, and equipment.
Peg boards are great for storing equipment such as resistance bands and dumbbells, as well as decorative items such as plants and prints to help add some personality into your area.
A locker or other vertical enclosed storage can be stylish and keep equipment out of sight which will give your gym a clean aesthetic whilst also keeping your belongings safe from any potential burglars.
Personalising your Gym Space
The main benefit of having your own personal gym is that it is your dedicated space to personalise. You can paint the walls your favourite colour. For example, orange has been found to be a motivating colour for a workout space as it has the power and energy of red but also the friendliness and fun of yellow. You can paint the walls or add accessories in your favourite colours.
Motivational prints can help keep you motivated when you are mid workout and will add character to your new home gym. Or why not add some inspiration by painting a mural to create a visually stimulating environment?
It’s also a great idea to add mirrors to your space, they help reflect light which will make it feel bigger and can also be used to check your form when working out.
Add a touch of nature with floating shelves holding potted plants. This not only improves air quality but also enhances the aesthetic appeal of the gym.
Incorporate a large screen for virtual fitness classes, workout apps, or even for streaming scenic views during cardio sessions.
Or you can even create a chalkboard wall for tracking workouts, setting goals, or simply for expressing creativity.
And last but not least…
Look at your fitness goals and pick out the right equipment to suit your needs. Common choices for home gyms include:
- Dumbbells or kettlebells
- Barbell and weight plates
- Resistance bands
- Stability ball
- Jump rope
- Pull-up bar
- Cardio equipment (treadmill, stationary bike, etc.)
You can even maximise your space by investing in multi-functional furniture like a foldable bench or a wall-mounted pull-up bar.
We hope that you’ve found this article interesting, and we’ve inspired you to kick-start the New Year with your very own garden gym. It’s time for you to get creative and have fun designing your dream home gym!
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