Create a Home Gym in Your Garden Shed
The New Year is here. Millions of people around the country have made the famous resolution: to finally get in shape. The excessive consumption of mince pies and wine over the festive period has not helped anybody’s weight loss goals and gym owners will be rubbing their hands together, awaiting a massive influx of new memberships.
If, however, you’re like me, the thought of being in an overcrowded gym, waiting 15 minutes just to use one piece of equipment, fills you with horror.
There is a more agreeable solution. The home gym. Or, in this case, the ‘shed-gym’.
Why would I go to the effort of creating a gym in my shed?
Well, I’m glad you asked.
Firstly, shed-gyms will save you time and money (in the long run). There is no tedious commute, merely a pleasant stroll down the garden path. That means no traffic jams, no petrol costs and no parking charges. Of course, investing in the suitable equipment is an expense many would prefer to be without just after the holidays, treadmills and weights are not cheap after all, but over time this will pay off. Plus, not only will you avoid the extortionate gym fees, but the fact that you’ve paid for the equipment sitting in your shed or log cabin will act as a great incentive to go and train.
Another great benefit is of course the ability to create a space that is truly unique, and, more importantly, yours. You can pick and choose which equipment you want. So many gyms are filled with poor, cheap, and tired equipment, and they never seem to have that elusive machine you really need. With a shed-gym, this is no problem, you can fill it with whatever pieces of equipment you deem necessary. Prefer heavy lifting? No problem, pick up a squat rack and a bench press. Perhaps cardio is more your style? Rowing machine and cross-trainer it is. The possibilities are endless.
Obviously, the customisation does not stop with the equipment. Your shed is your canvas, you can choose the wall art, the colour scheme and the music. The motivational posters of Muhammad Ali standing victorious over Sonny Liston, Rocky Balboa punching the air, or Arnold Schwarzenegger flexing his muscles are all allies pushing you through your hardest training sessions. This kind of support can never be found in a boring, tasteless, impersonal commercial gym.
Good music is a fuel, encouraging throughout the most intense workouts. ‘Good’ cannot possibly describe the overplayed chart drivel played in most gyms. Maybe you have headphones? Nevertheless, wouldn’t you rather do without the hassle of constant untangling? Not to mention the inevitable moment when they fall out, just before you ramp up your workout a notch. In your shed, you can blast heavy metal, gangster rap, or Katy Perry to your heart's content (don’t worry, we won’t judge).
What to consider when creating your perfect garden gym:
A 6’x4’ shed has many uses, a home gym unfortunately not being one of them. Make sure the space you have is adequate to store all your equipment. Don’t forget to take into account the height of the building too; the dismay when you realise your pull up station is too tall for your space is easily avoided.
While OSB floors are ideal for keeping garden tools, they are not designed to support heavy gym equipment. Tongue and groove flooring is without doubt the best option here; log cabins will have the thickest.
Obviously, this is essential for equipment, but also very useful for heating, lights and speakers.
To avoid any unpleasantness, sheds should be kept smelling fresh and free of sweat. Allow air to circulate by opening windows or leaving doors ajar whilst you train.
Gym equipment is valuable so you must ensure it is well protected and secure at all times. Invest in padlocks, curtains for windows and install CCTV cameras.
Once you’ve finished your perfect garden gym, why not invite friends and family over for a workout? Training is so much more fun with someone else, and they’ll help push you through the toughest sessions. Of course, it’s also a fantastic excuse to show off your new facility!
If you’re lucky enough to have a suitable space to create a shed-gym already, then what are you waiting for? Get started! If not, please feel free to have a browse of our log cabins and garden workshops.
If you’ve already managed to create a shed-gym in your garden, we’d love to hear all about it in the comments section below.
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