How to Convert Part of Your Garage into a Garage Gym

What You'll Need
Paint for the Walls
Gym Equipment
A fan or A/C

If you decide to install a garage gym by converting part of your garage to a home gym you will have an extra benefit, since you will be able to save both time and money in the long run. Installing a gym in the house is not always easy because you might not have enough space in the home to work out, however; the garage always has enough room, which – in some cases – remains unused. You can decide what type of equipment you want to buy and how you will arrange and organize your space, according to your needs and your budget. Here is how you can convert part of your garage to a garage gym in a few easy steps.

Step 1 – Preparing the Space

The first thing you need to do is to empty and clean the garage. You cannot do anything if the space is full of clutter and is dirty. You should also determine the amount of space you will dedicate to the new home gym you are creating. Get rid of the things you do not want and make sure that you organize the things you are keeping; leaving the space clean and open enough for the equipment you will be buying.

Step 2 – Install Lights

A gym needs good lighting. If your garage is dark and dimly lit, you need to install lights that will offer you enough lighting to work out any time of the day or night. You also need to ensure proper ventilation, therefore; when installing the lights you may want to also install a ceiling fan or an A/C unit that offers both heating and cooling options. If you wish to make working out more enjoyable, you can always install an LCD TV or a CD player with radio.

Step 3 – Install a Carpet

The next step requires you to lay down a carpet to provide you with a surface for absorbing the shock of exercising. You will also need exercise mats to increase the cushion needed for your floor exercises.

Step 4 – Buy the Exercise Equipment you Want

Now it’s time to spend some money; you will need to buy the equipment you want depending on your budget and preferences. There are many options, but the best choices are the elliptical machine, the treadmill, the stepper and the stationary bike. Keep in mind that most of these pieces can be fold up, so you can push them out of the way when you are not using them. You should also buy some dumbbells for strength-building workouts or even a weight bench if you have enough space.

Step 5 – Organize the Space

The last thing you need to do is organize your space; install cabinets or shelves if necessary and put mirrors around so that you can monitor your workout while lifting weights. You will also need drawers for the dumbbells and the CDs you might be using while working out.