How to Turn Your Garage Into The Ultimate Home Gym
Note from Lana | Lifestyle Queen Bee: When my husband and I first moved into our 3-bedroom home, we couldn’t decide what to do with the space in our basement. Right now, we don’t have any kids (except for our furbaby Frenchie), so the 2 spare bedrooms that will one day turn into the rooms of our kids are currently being used as our guest room and office, the basement (which will eventually turn into a family/playroom) sits empty with the exception of a few items that don’t really have a home of its own yet.
We are constantly racking our brains as to what to use with the two rooms in the basement: wine room? second living room? One of the ideas we also toyed with was inserting our own home gym. My husband would save money by cancelling his gym membership and I would be able to save time commuting to yoga classes by doing my own at home. Plus we would have each other as company – what more could you ask? 🙂
While not everyone may be as fortunate to have the extra space we do to add a home gym into your home, if you aren’t necessarily using your garage for much, that is space you could easily convert into your very own home gym. Interested in pursuing this idea? Then this post is for you!
Regularly featured Guest Blogger, Aurora McCausland, is giving you the necessary tips to get your home gym off the ground.
One thing that the month of January is most often associated with, is resolutions and goals for self-improvement. And one of the most common, and most popular, themes among new year resolutions, is fitness and weight loss.
Fitness On A Budget
Making the decision to live a healthier and more active lifestyle is one thing, but it’s another thing entirely to actually follow through and meet those goals. One of the reasons that a lot of people fall short with their goals and resolutions, is due to the misconception that being healthy costs too much. While it’s true that many fitness venues will cost a pretty penny, it’s not true that you have to spend considerable amounts of money in order to change your lifestyle.
The two most common complaints are that eating healthy costs too much, and that gym memberships are expensive. However, you don’t need an expensive gym membership in order to get your daily workout completed.
Building A Home Gym
Most people that purchase gym memberships at the beginning of the year, end up not fulfilling their resolution and their gym membership goes wasted. The money for that gym membership will be pulled out of your checking account every single month whether you go to the gym or not. Even if it seems like a small fee upon sign up, the amount you’ll spend over the course of your 12-month contract is enough for you to turn your garage into a home gym.
It may seem expensive, but you can space out the purchases of new equipment just like you would a gym membership, and spend a year not only working on your healthy, new lifestyle but also building a great home gym that will last you for years.
Preparing Your Garage
The first thing you’ll need to do is make sure that your garage is suitable to work out in.
The easiest way to do this is to make sure it’s free of pests (you don’t want to be working out among mice), and to make sure the garage is sealed off properly. This is to keep the cold air and snow out during the winter months. Once the weather warms up, you’ll be able to open up your garage door during your workouts for a gentle breeze and natural air circulation. Until then, make sure your doors are properly insulated and weather sealed.
Bare Minimum Equipment
There are only a few things that you’ll need to add to your garage in order to get started.
Find a yoga mat, a set of free weights (you can get sets with interchangeable weights), and a jump rope, and you’re set to start your workouts.
Equipment To Add Over The Months
To really make your home gym great, you’ll want to put aside a little bit of money every month to add equipment to your home gym. It won’t take long before you have all of the equipment that you need.
Adding things like a pull-up bar, resistance bands, dumbbells, kettlebells, benches and stepping stools, and a squat rack, will fill up your gym and prepare you for even the hardest of workouts.
To make the floor a little bit more comfortable, get floor inserts to add to your concrete floor, so you won’t have to be doing sit-ups and crunches with just a yoga mat to protect you from the cold floor. You can absolutely do your workouts without padded flooring, but it will make it more comfortable and you’ll be more willing to do your workouts if you’re comfortable.
Working out with headphones in is great, if you have a good set of wireless headphones. This is what you’d have to do if you had a traditional gym membership.
One of the advantages of having an in-home gym is that you can listen to whatever music you like, as loudly as you’d like, without having to wear headphones.
Investing in a good sound system for your garage home gym isn’t as expensive as you’d think, and will be more than worth it in the long run.
Now that your home gym is in place, make sure you check out my post on some workout outfit ideas to help you look as good as your new home gym.
And hey, maybe a home gym in your garage isn’t for you. If you’re more the creative type, another idea would be to convert your garage into your own home photo studio.
The options are endless!
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