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Using a Shed as a Home Gym

Build your home gym in a shed

If getting fit is one of your goals then think about working out at home. It’s a lot cheaper than paying for a gym membership, more practical and you can do it whenever you find yourself with time to spare.

When you are short of time, there is little incentive to drive across town to a gym, but if you know you can quickly and easily do a mini-workout indoors, at home, whenever you feel motivated, then home fitness really does come into its own.

Using a shed as a home gym is a real alternative to traveling to a fitness center, and is a lot easier to achieve than you might think.

It can be equally beneficial for your partner to enjoy his/her preferred form of exercising as well. A shed can be converted into a weight training area as well as a yoga or Pilates studio for example, and provide just the training facilities you both want.

Planning for a Gym-in-a-Shed

Getting everything to come together to achieve your ideal shed gym will require some planning. You will need to consider the following points:

  • Size of shed needed.
  • Shed base and floor strengthening
  • Insulation and ventilation
  • Power supply
  • Floor protection
  • Security

What Size Shed?

​The starting point for planning your home gym is to do with size. Size really does matter when it comes to fitting out your shed for gym work because you are going to need more height than generally comes with a lot of shed kits.

To determine the shed size you need, measure the equipment you want to use. Allow sufficient space to position the equipment and for moving around and stretching. You don’t want to push a set of weights through the shed roof!

You may have to compromise if you are using an existing shed that is not as big as you want. Or you may consider building your own from shed plans instead of buying a manufactured shed kit.

If you opt for buying new as opposed to converting an existing building, go for the biggest shed you can afford.

And remember that your local building codes need to be checked out before you start any work.

Shed Base and Floor Strengthening

​You are going to need a strong base to take the load of exercise equipment and weights. The shed floor may need to be strengthened too. It will have been designed for normal shed usage, so you will need to ensure it is strong enough. This is a straightforward task but must be considered.

Shed Insulation and Ventilation

​Your shed walls and roof will need to be insulated to keep the building warm and cool depending on the season, and to prevent condensation.

To improve the appearance you can panel over the insulation, but that is an added expense you may wish to avoid.

When you workout you are going to sweat and introduce warm moisture into the air which will need to be ventilated. If you don’t, then mold is likely to develop. You’ll need vents at either end of your shed gym and it may also make sense to fit an extractor fan as well.

​Fitting a Power Supply to Your Shed

​You don’t need to fit an electrical power supply, but wouldn’t it be great to be able to run a fan in the hot weather? Or to add some heat and lighting in the winter months? A spot of music when doing mat-work can help lift your spirits, and watching a DVD when you’re running on the treadmill can help get though a tiring routine. Your choice, but factor it in when you’re planning everything.

Floor Protection

​You don’t need to spend a bunch of money once you’ve got this far but you will need to protect the floor. Some heavy duty rubber mats should offer good protection against dropped weights and will be more comfortable to work out on.

​Shed Security

​Finally, make sure that all your hard work and precious exercise equipment is kept safe from light-fingered intruders. At the very least ensure the shed door shuts properly and that the locks on the door are robust enough.

If the shed has windows, close the blinds when you are not indoors to stop prying eyes seeing what’s inside.

You could fit a security alarm and/or motion sensors linked to security lighting. Just do what it takes to keep your property safe and secure.

​When your home gym is in your shed in your backyard you can start your workout straightaway. No messing around pulling all your gym kit together; no fighting your way through the traffic to reach a fitness center. No waiting to use some equipment.

When your gym is right there in your backyard, you can get stuck into a workout straightaway, whenever the mood takes you.

It’s convenient, easy, and fun working out at home. If you’ve got a large enough shed in your backyard now, or are intending to buy one or build your own - start now.

Good luck.


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