Garage Home Gyms: 13 Reasons to Invest in One Today


In this challenging time, the health and safety of our families are of great importance.

With health clubs and fitness centers closed or operating at a limited capacity, you may not need another reason to invest in a garage home gym. But here’s 13 more reasons you should have a dedicated workout space in your home.

1. Convenience

Having a home gym is much more convenient. If you commute to work and back, why spend more time in the car driving to and from the gym? Those minutes of travel time or looking for a parking spot add up over the course of a month.

Maybe you live in a rural area and just don’t have a fitness club nearby.

At home, there’s no commute time or parking issues. Spend more time exercising and less time sitting!

2. Virtual workouts

In a previous article, we shared how Lisa Pineda (Garage Living client) created a home gym workout space in her garage. She created a series of garage gym workouts. See an example below.

There are more resources for working out at home than ever before:

  • instructional exercise videos on YouTube
  • virtual workout classes via Zoom
  • websites with workout tips, exercise routines, and nutritional advice from fitness pros
  • fitness and activity tracking apps for your phone and watch, to keep you motivated

3. Home gyms are healthier

The local gym or community center can be a liability to your health. A recent headline from the Washington Post caught our attention – Your gym is teeming with invisible members: Germs.

The article says that “studies have found that the surfaces of treadmills, weight machines, and other typical equipment are teeming with bacteria and other infectious germs.”

Numerous studies have shown that most public gyms have poor hygiene standards. Exercise equipment, water fountains, pools, showers, and locker rooms are just a few of the things in your local gym that are loaded with germs.

During a pandemic, it’s probably not a good idea to stand near anyone who is on a treadmill. Most gyms do a good job to maintain their air quality but nothing is safer than your own bubble.

4. Improve your mental and physical health

Maybe you’re already adjusting to being home full-time, taking on extra responsibilities with home-schooling and child care. That’s a lot of added stress. Just dealing with day-to-day life has been trying for everyone.

Having a home gym is a great way to reduce stress and anxiety, lose weight, build muscle, and boost your immune system.

5. Exclusive membership

There are no expensive gym memberships with a garage gym. Say goodbye to expensive memberships and renewal fees. Use that money to invest in the exercise equipment that is right for you.

Fitness clubs do have their place. Some people join for the social aspect but if you prefer the privacy of your own home, then a garage gym is right for you.

6. Your whole family can workout together

From the social benefits to the physical health benefits, sharing a workout makes the hard work more enjoyable.

7. No line ups

It’s leg day. You’re at the gym and all of the leg press machines are being used. You consider asking someone if you can ‘work in’ a set but nobody is lifting the same weight as you. So you wait until a machine becomes free.

In your home gym there are:

  • no line ups for machines
  • no sign-up sheets
  • no schedules to work around

You’ll experience fewer hassles and get through your workouts in less time.

8. Your garage is a great place for a home gym

Now that every spare room in your home has become an office or schoolroom, the garage is a brilliant place to create a home gym.

You won’t be using that guest room for company any time soon, so make the best use of what you have. A dedicated workout space is practical and requires no set up such as moving furniture out of the way. If you have a large enough garage, you may be able to work out and still park your vehicles comfortably.

9. You may actually go to the gym, now

A survey of 5,313 American gym members by Statistic Brain Research Institute found that:

  • 63% of memberships go completely unused
  • 82% of gym members go to the gym less than 1 time per week
  • 22% completely stop going 6 months into their membership

There are pretty good odds you will use your own gym more often.

10. No gym rats

If you’ve ever gone to the gym regularly you’re familiar with the gym rats. Some like to grunt loudly while others scream out so you know they are lifting an insane amount of weight.

You might find it amusing at first but this routine grows old quickly. Another favorite gym user is the sweaty monster that never wipes down the equipment after using it.

With your own gym, you make the rules.

If you are that person – the beloved gym rat – everyone will be happy you chose to build a home garage gym instead!

11. Your garage is versatile

Your garage can be so much more than just an indoor parking space. It can be used to store sporting equipment, garbage, recycling, yard tools, bikes, spare tires, etc. Surprisingly, many people use the garage to store empty boxes and useless clutter.

With expert planning and great design, your garage can become a multi-purpose space – a workshop, fitness room, or even a home classroom.

12. Customization

Whether you want to use the space for lifting free weights, cardio machines, kettlebells, or yoga, you can customize the space for your fitness regimen. Setting up a garage gym is easier than you might think.

The problem with many garage gyms is that they look terrible. The drywall and floors are usually unfinished. The storage space is inadequate or nonexistent.

Refinishing the entire garage properly, with a new floor, slatwall storage, and cabinetry can take a garage from mediocre to amazing!

Long after the pandemic is over, a garage gym can be a valuable extension of your home’s living space and enjoyed for years to come.

13. You’re the boss

You can set your own hours of operation. It’s your home gym so you can use it 24/7, whenever you want. You’ll love the convenience.

Contact us to learn more

Your garage is capable of being one of the most versatile spaces in the home. The key to unlocking its full potential is to have it designed with your lifestyle in mind.

Garage Living can help you transform your garage into a home gym space that is designed for your needs. Request a free in-home or virtual design consultation today. There’s a whole lot more living in your garage to discover.

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