The best garage gym ideas and everything you need to set it up

Exercise from the comfort of your home with the best garage gym ideas.

Gym garage idea

by Marina Avraam |

There are no two ways about it; having a home gym 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, then you're already halfway there. With a few adjustments and additions, your garage-turned-gym could be just as good as the real thing.

We've created a list of the best items to help transform your garage into the ultimate home gym.

Why build a gym in your garage?

Here’s a few reasons from strength and conditioning store, Mirafit, as to 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 workout 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’s 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.

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 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

• Barbell

• Weighted plates



• Bench

• Squat rack

• A piece of cardio equipment (such as an exercise bike, cross trainer or treadmill)

• Sound system

• Heater

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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.

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.

Sound System

What gym is complete without a sound system? Listen to music, podcasts or guided meditation with the help of powerful speakers.

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.


If you're transforming your garage into a gym, then you'll need to get rid of any clutter. Shelves and boxes are a great way to store things away and create all the space you need for your workouts.

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