How to Turn Your Garage into a Fitness Room

JesicaJones
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Friday, December 01, 2017

Physical fitness is an important part of our lifestyle. After a busy day at work, we might want to unwind by doing a workout. For many people, the gym becomes a bit of sanctuary where you can turn off the phone and forget all of the troubles at work or in your personal life. Public gyms are designed for the masses. The TVs, isolation machines, and a bunch of stuff we don’t really need makes sure we don’t stay focused. It may make you feel better to have “gone to the gym today” but wouldn’t you rather train effectively and efficiently? Your head should be nodding at this point. The solution to all of your fitness problems is a garage gym!

 Some of us have a lot of fitness and sporting equipment, from bicycles, hockey bags, hockey sticks, to free weights. Instead of lugging all of this equipment into your basement, you could actually use your garage. Other pros of having a gym in your garage include:

  1. You save money when you drop your monthly membership gym
  2. You don’t wait for equipment since there’s no one else using your personal gym.
  3. A garage gym still gives you more privacy and leeway to do as you please. You can wear what you want, fart at will, and give your loudest primal yell when you reach a new PR.
  4. You do not commute. Just walk out your bedroom, through the kitchen, and into the garage. In 30 seconds, you’re at the gym and ready to get your lift on.
  5. At a public gym, you’re trapped inside a fluorescent-lit box. With a garage gym, you can throw up the door, let the fresh air in, and even do some of your exercises on the driveway beneath the sun and stars.
  6. Open 24/7. Holidays, late nights, ungodly early in the morning — your garage gym is always open and waiting.
  7. You can also get your kids interested in fitness.

Now how do you turn your garage into a gym? First of all, you would be needing a few things. They include:

  • 45lb. Olympic Bar
  • Three kettlebells (35lb., 55lb., and 70lb.)
  • Two 45lb. bumper plates
  • Two 35lb. bumper plates
  • Two 25lb. bumper plates
  • Two 10lb. bumper plates
  • Two 5lb. plates
  • A power rack with pull-up bar*
  • Parallettes
  • Weight rack storage
  • Rings
  • A plyometric box*
  • A 20lb. medicine ball*
  • A tire for dragging and odd object lifting
  • Squat/press stands
  • Bench press stands
  • A bench
  • A reverse hyper
  • A speed rope

 After getting all of the above, it is time to get to work on the garage itself!

 When it comes to garage gyms, organization and storage are your two priorities at this point. Here are the necessary steps to getting your garage gym good and ready for use:

  1.  Organize old yet important garage things and evacuate anything that is not required. Assign a particular territory for storage and utilize durable metal stockpiling racks or pre-assembled cupboards to advantageously shroud things not identified with your exercises. Install hooks along the wall to hold garden equipment.
  2.  Repair the ground surface, if necessary, and coat it. Fill splits and chips in the concrete with cement mix and a trowel and allow it to dry completely. Apply garage epoxy coat to the cement floor and enable it to cure for 72 hours after the epoxy is finished before walking on it.
  3.  Designate exercise zones all through the garage. Place hardware that requires power, for example, a treadmill or stair-climbing machine, close to an electrical outlet. Consider the potential order of your exercise routine while arranging the space to make the most productive utilization of the room.
  4.  Install mirrors to see yourself while working out. Secure full-length mirrors to the wall with construction cement. Place the mirrors along the wall in the zone where the most weightlifting will happen.
  5. Add electronics. Hang a TV on the wall and incorporate a DVD player adjacent to use for exercise recordings. Place a stereo or speakers for a MP3 player on a table along a divider.
  6. Create a supply area. Store towels, yoga mats, exercise balls, weightlifting gloves, resistance bands, workout DVDs and other supplies in a cabinet along the wall. Consider adding a small refrigerator to hold water, sports drinks or ice packs.
  7. Increase airflow by installing an overhead fan or including detached swaying fans all through the exercise room.
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