When space in a house is at a premium and there aren't a lot of extra rooms, home gyms often become relegated to the basement or even just done away with altogether. But a home workout area is a great way to save money on gym memberships and stay motivated to meet your fitness goals. If you're looking for the perfect spot for your home gym, you may want to consider your garage. Garages provide an isolated and enclosed area that's perfect for working out, and they're fairly easy to convert. Here's how to convert your garage into a home gym:
The first step to converting your garage is to decide on a designated workout area. Unless you want to hire an electrician to make some changes, it's a good idea to create space around the room's outlets, since some equipment may have to be plugged in. If you need to, clear the area completely of any clutter or storage. Make sure the space you choose is large enough for all of the equipment you'll be moving in – if the gym becomes to cramped, it'll make it more difficult and less exciting to work out there.
Any home gym needs a place to keep weights, equipment, towels and other workout necessities, so designate a spot nearby for that. Garage wall storage systems are effective because they're sturdy, can be personalized to fit your needs and can store a lot of your belongings at once. You may want to consider looking at options with wall cabinets, shelves and wall-mount storage for dumbbells and other pieces of fitness equipment.
Ready the space
Once the area is clear, there are a few steps you should take care of before moving in equipment. Install large mirrors on a nearby wall that you can use while lifting weights. Consider using rubberized workout flooring, or at least setting up mats in certain areas where you can do floor exercises. Also, don't forget music. Everyone loves working out to loud tunes, so you may want to set up a sound system that you can plug your iPod into.
Remember to ventilate
Installing ventilation is key in any garage conversion, since the room itself probably doesn't have much. For safety reasons, make sure you install a ceiling fan or air-conditioning unit as well. Working out in a stuffy, humid environment can be dangerous and will make exercising much more difficult.
Set up equipment
The final step, of course, is setting up your equipment. Depending on what your fitness needs are, this can mean installing huge machines, or just bringing in a bench press and some free weights. If you're bringing in a treadmill or elliptical machine, you may want to set up a TV in the room as well, or at least face them toward an open window. Use your wall storage for things like jump ropes, medicine balls, free weights and other small necessities in order to keep them off the floor and out of the way.