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A garage is not only a place to store garden tools or your car, but you can also turn in into full-functioning gym. So, if your garage is not currently serving any purpose, you can repurpose it into a gym for personal use or for making money on the side.
However, transforming your garage into a gym may come with some challenges that you’ll need to address to ensure a smooth transition. You’ll need to create the right storage solutions and insulate the whole area to protect your fitness equipment. Home gyms, despite what the majority might think, are not hard to design and settle if you have clear drives and health purposes.
Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at some of the steps you need to take to successfully convert your garage into a practical gym:
1. Clear out the junk
First, you need to empty and clean the garage to make it clutter and dirt free. You should also determine ahead of time how much space are you willing to dedicate to your new gym. Are you using the entire garage or just a part of it?
Once you’ve decided, get rid of the things you don’t want and make sure you organise the things you want to keep. Leave the room clean and open for the new equipment you’ll buy.
2. Create storage options
When transforming a garage into a fitness area, it is important to maximise the limited space available.
Clear the floor and store the gym items such as bands, dumbbells, foam rollers or yoga mats on both walls and ceilings.
You can install cabinets, shelves, wall litter bins, luggage racks, and stand-alone pegboards for easily accessible and convenient storage solutions.
3. Install adequate lighting
Every gym needs a good lighting system.
If your garage is dark and poorly lit, you need to install lights that provide enough light to make your exercise routine more enjoyable at any time of the day or night. However, when installing the lights, you should also install a ceiling fan or air conditioner for a cooler, comfortable feeling.
If you want to make training more enjoyable, you can always set up a soundbar or CD player to play music during a workout.
4. Security and insulation
Keeping your gym equipment secure may be difficult in a regular garage because you may need to upgrade its current security system. A new garage door can be a strong physical barrier to keep thieves at bay. However, to make it more efficient it would be a great idea to couple it with an alarm system.
Also, you should consider an insulated garage door to replace your current one. This investment will not only make your garage/gym more secure, but it will also provide an ideal temperature-controlled environment.
5. Get the equipment you are already used to
When it comes to exercise equipment, stick to the equipment you’re already using at the gym instead of buying new equipment with all the useless bells and whistles.
You should also invest in equipment for cardio and resistance workout, especially if you intend to make money by selling gym memberships. Some people like to use CrossFit equipment which is a great starter kit if you don’t know which one to get.
6. Get proper training
It may not be enough to convert your garage into a gym and wait for future members to join, especially if you’re not a certified gym instructor or fitness coach. Thankfully, you can easily solve this problem by enrolling in a fitness training programme online.
There are websites and platforms that offer hundreds of training videos where you can subscribe and get some of the basic training you need.
All in all, it’s not that complicated to convert a garage into a gym especially if you’re ambitious enough. This will not only help you stay fit all year-round but you’ll also make some extra money too.