How to Turn a Garage Into a Home Gym

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How to Turn a Garage Into a Home Gym. Working out at home is more convenient than traveling to a fitness center. It may save time and in the long run can even save money. If you think you don't have the room to workout at home consider turning your garage into a home gym. How elaborate you want your home gym to be and what equipment you get will vary according to your budget.

Things You'll Need

  • A ceiling or floor fan
  • Carpet
  • Cardio exercise equipment
  • Dumbbells
  • Empty the garage of all clutter. Determine how much space you can devote to your home gym. Keep in mind even a portion of the garage will work when creating a home gym.

  • Add additional lighting as needed. Install a ceiling fan to keep your garage ventilated during your workouts. Purchase a space heater for workouts during the colder months. Put up a wall-mounted TV or CD player to make your workouts more enjoyable.

  • Lay down carpet padding and carpet down. Carpet is needed in your home gym to provide a shock absorbent surface to exercise on. Bring in a few exercise mats to add extra cushion for yoga and other floor exercises.

  • Select exercise equipment for your cardio workout. This will vary according to your preferences and budget. Options include a treadmill, stationary bike, elliptical machine and stair stepper. Treadmills are large, but most are on wheels and can fold up and be pushed out of the way when not in use.

  • Purchase a few pairs of dumbbells of varying weights for a strength workout. Other options to consider adding are a punching bag, exercise ball and a weight bench.

  • Put up shelves and hooks to help organize exercise equipment and keep your workout space free. Weights should be placed on shelves. Hang exercise bands and jump ropes on hooks.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use indoor/outdoor carpet for your flooring for your home gym. This type of carpet is more durable than indoor carpet.
  • Put mirrors on the walls. This will help you monitor your form while lifting weights. Add motivational posters to the walls.
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