There are no two ways about it; having your very own gym for at-home exercises is a great idea. You no longer have to dread trekking to the gym after a long day of work, or worry about all the exercise bikes being occupied; you can just enjoy your workout from the comfort of your home.
The good news is, if you have a garage and it isn't full of garage storage, then you're already halfway there. Even if you don't want to do a full garage conversion, with a few adjustments and additions, your garage-turned-gym could be just as good as the real thing.
As well as a list of the best items to help transform your garage into the ultimate home gym, we've got plenty of garage gym ideas
Why build a gym in your garage?
Here are a few reasons why building a gym in your garage is a good idea:
Decent amount of space - Garages are primarily designed to house cars, so whether it’s a small or big garage, there should be a good amount of space to work out in.
Sturdy - Again, because garages are designed for cars they can handle major weight loads, so you don’t have to worry about how heavy a piece of equipment is, or if you accidentally drop something.
Temperature - It’s a lot cooler in a garage compared to in your home as there are usually less or no windows, so it’s ideal for when you’re doing a hardcore workout. Then in the summer, you can open the door to let in a refreshing breeze.
Separation from home life - Just like having an office in your house is nice to separate work and ‘you-time’, so is having a gym in your garage. Also, it stops your equipment from being cluttered around your home.
Garage gym ideas
We trawled Pinterest to find you the best garage gym ideas to help you get some inspiration for your own, from the colours, storage and ideas of what to do with your space.
Double garage conversion
If you're lucky enough to have two garages next to each other, you could have yourself a huge space to play with!
Dark garage gym
We love the sleek and stylish look of this all-black garage.
Garage gym storage solutions
A garage gym doesn't have to look cluttered - there are plenty of ways you can neatly store your equipment without ruining the overall look.
Gym wall feature
Having a feature wall in your home gym is a great way to make an impact with the space.
Colourful gym storage and equipment
A peg board makes for a really attractive way of displaying your equipment - helping you to quickly see and grab what you need.
Synthetic grass is a useful addition to a home gym as it provides soft cushioning, firm support and absorbs shock.
Modern gym space
Gyms don't have to be ugly! This modern gym space makes use of bright, fresh paint with wooden accents
Outdoor gym building space
Of course, if you don't have a garage or can't spare one, one option is to purchase an outdoor building for your garden that you can use instead.
What do you need for a garage gym?
Your garage gym can be as minimal or decked out as you like, according to your exercise preferences. The main changes you'll need to make will be to add a padded flooring and get your hands on some crucial equipment. You might also choose to alter the garage lighting and the heating of your garage for your comfort, as well as purchase a few storage solutions to maximise space.
Here’s a checklist of some key items for your garage gym:
• Protective flooring
• Weighted plates
• Squat rack
• Sound system
Best gym garage equipment
ComFy Mat Foam Exercise Mats
These thick and soft foam mats will act as a comfortable surface for your exercises, be it yoga, Pilates or cardio. The mats come with adhesive sticks to attach firmly to your floor surface, so you don't have to worry about slipping during your workout.
SONGMICS Dumbbells Set
What's more essential to your home gym than a dumbbell set? A dumbbell set with a rack. Including two x 1kg weights, two x 2kg weights and two x 3kg weights, this weight set is ideal for building and toning muscle. The storage stand will also help keep the weights tidy and out of the way when not in use.
BLACK 7' Olympic Bar
Whether you're squatting, bench pressing, deadlifting or doing some hip thrusts, a barbell is a versatile and must-have piece of equipment for any home gym. This one from Fitness Superstore is an incredible price for a 20kg olympic bar and being in black means any scratches or marks will be undetectable.
JX FITNESS Squat Rack Multi-Function Barbell Rack
This stable and sturdy multi-function squat frame includes five height level adjustments and is great for squats, weight-lifting, bench press, push-ups and more. The foldable design will also help you maximise garage space as and when you please.
FLYBIRD Adjustable Bench
If you don't need a squat rack, then an adjustable bench may be ideal for you. It's perfect for doing seated upper body workouts and this one comes with a leather seat and a foam foot support at the bottom.
Coldshine 3 Pce Vinyl Kettlebell Weight Set
No matter how much space you've got, kettlebells will get your heart pumping, and are excellent for toning arms, legs, back and abs.
MIrafit black rubber olympic bumper plates
If you purchase an Olympic bar then you'll probably be wanting some Olympic plates to go with it. Just like the Fitness Superstore, Mirafit is a brilliant brand for good quality, home gym equipment and these Olympic plates' rubber construction makes them shock-absorbent in order to protect your floor and bar while training.
Trideer Exercise Ball
Whether you're doing some light yoga exercises or training abdominals, an exercise ball is a great addition to a home gym. This one is high density, easy to inflate and comes with a 12-month warranty. You can also choose from four wonderful colours, to add some brightness to your space.
Aerobic Exercise Adjustable up to 2 Levels Stepper Yoga
A stepper will help ramp up your workouts and is great for fat burning, core stability, stomach toning and the improvement of overall cardiovascular health.
PROIRON Neoprene Dumbbell Home Exercise
Add a splash of colour to your home gym with this bright dumbbell set. The weights are comfortable and easy to hold, have a non-slip surface and also come with a complimentary fitness guide. The stand will help keep things tidy and maximise floor space.
RDX Punch Bag Boxing Training
Boost your upper body strength with a punching bag that comes fully equipped with gloves, bars, a jump rope, hand wraps and loads more.
What gym is complete without a sound system? Listen to music, podcasts or guided meditation with the help of powerful speakers.
Best gym garage speakers
All-new Echo Dot (4th generation)
A smart speaker is just what you need to spruce up your home gym experience. Using just your voice, you can stream songs, play audiobooks, ask about the weather and play the news - all while running on the treadmill.
Ultimate Ears BOOM 3 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
With a powerful and deep bass, this UE speaker provides a room-filling sound that'll help keep you motivated for your workouts.
Marshall Emberton Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Listen to music the way it was intended with the Marshall Emberton speaker. The rich and clear sound will penetrate even through the echo of your garage, and the simple interface is both time-saving and hassle-free.
Heating and lighting
Both the heating and lighting of your garage will impact the efficiency, and quality of your workouts. Whether it's too cold or too hot, too bright or too dark, your performance is likely to be adversely affected.
Best gym garage lighting and heating
Warmlite WL44002 Thermo Fan Heater
If your garage space is relatively small, a space heater can make all the difference. With two heat settings to choose from, as well as an adjustable thermostat, you can get just the temperature you need to enjoy your workout.
LED Garage Light 150W
With four adjustable LED panels, you can light up your workouts with this overhead light. Made from aluminium alloy, this light is temperature resistant and corrosion resistant, ideal for the garage, and is quick and easy to install.
SuperFOIL Garage Door Insulation Kit
Fitting both automatic and manual doors, this insulation kit will reduce your bills, keeping your garage warm in the winter and cool in the summer for comfortable workouts all year round.
If you're transforming your garage into a gym, then you'll need to get rid of any clutter. Garage shelves and boxes are a great way to store things away and create all the space you need for your workouts.
Best gym garage storage units
4 Bankers Box ProStore Plastic Storage Boxes With Lids
Maximise your space with these sturdy, transparent storage boxes that are impact-resistant, dust and moisture-free.
Amazon Basics 4-Shelf Shelving Unit
Need to store things away while maintaining quick and easy access? Shelves are the solution for you. This simple design goes in any garage, and holds up to 160kg per shelf.
Garage Shelving Units
This single shelving unit is a great solution for smaller garage spaces and will help tidy things up in an instant. Each shelf can carry up to 175kg and is easy to assemble.
Is it bad to work out in the garage?
Damp and mould are common issues in garages due to lack of ventilation, which if inhaled, can lead to breathing problems or aggravate pre-existing conditions such as asthma.
Before working out in your garage, make sure to check around thoroughly, and use your senses to detect any damp. You can use a dehumidifier to increase ventilation in the room, and open the garage door as often as possible. For mould - depending on how bad it is - you can either spot-remove it yourself or call in an expert for a proper evaluation.