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In today’s fast-paced world, finding time for fitness can be challenging, so it comes as no surprise that home workouts (and therefore garden gyms) have soared in popularity. With the benefit of being on your doorstep, and without the unnecessary stresses of parking, packing a gym bag or having to share your space with other gym-goers, it’s easy to see why it’s an attractive option. But how do you keep your workout motivation high when exercising from a garden gym? And will you really stick to your routine once you’ve committed to the investment? Having built hundreds of garden gyms over the past decade, here’s our guide on how to create an inspiring home garden room gym that helps get your blood pumping day after day.

1. Assess Your Space:

Before diving head-first into the design process for your garden gym, take a thoughtful look at your outdoor space. Consider factors such as the available area, terrain, sunlight exposure, and privacy. Assessing these elements will help you to make informed decisions about the layout and features of your garden gym, and how you can best maximise the design of your garden gym to complement the surroundings.

For example, facing out onto an attractive view of your garden can be a great way to add focus to your workouts. Similarly, ensuring that you have planned a garden gym with suitable floorspace, storage, and heating and cooling facilities are all paramount to creating a home gym in your garden that you look forward to spending time in. Our experienced surveyors will guide you throughout your design consultation, to make sure nothing has been forgotten when creating plans for your bespoke garden gym.

2. Define Your Fitness Goals:

Understanding and setting your own personal fitness objectives is essential for designing an effective workout environment. Whether you aim to build strength, improve flexibility, or enhance cardiovascular health, you can tailor your garden gym layout and features to support your specific goals.

Whether you need reinforced flooring for heavy weights, a dedicated spot on the ceiling or walls to suspend a punchbag or TRX system, or a weightbearing wall for a mounted mirror to track your form and posture, it can be helpful to create a list of exercises and equipment that align with your fitness aspirations so that our garden gym designers can tailor the space accordingly.

3. Design a Functional Layout:

Once you’ve determined your space and goals, let our garden gym designers create a bespoke layout that optimises functionality and flow. Consider allocating areas for different types of exercises, ensuring sufficient space for movement and equipment placement, as well as vital storage.

It may also be worth considering whether your new garden gym will serve any other purpose for you or your family (such as a home office or occasional guest room) so that a layout can be adapted to suit multiple needs and uses.

4. Select Suitable Equipment:

Choosing the right equipment is crucial for maximising the effectiveness of your garden gym. If your space is limited, opt for versatile pieces that offer a variety of exercise options and can be stored easily. Dumbbells, resistance bands, kettlebells, and yoga mats are all excellent choices for a well-rounded workout routine and take up very little space.

For larger pieces of equipment like treadmills or peloton bikes, be sure to consider the headroom in your garden gym as well as the floor space. If you’re building over the standard height (2.5m external) then you may have a little more room to play with, but consider models that are compact and easy to move. It’s worth sharing the placement of these with our designers before installation so we can consider whether any part of the floor would benefit from reinforcement for heavy or high impact machinery.

5. Personalise with Motivational Décor:

Whether your style is more on the minimal side, or you thrive in a vibrant and stimulating space, décor can have a big impact on motivation and how you feel about spending time in a garden gym room. Personal touches from mirrors to murals and wall art help to put your personal stamp on your garden gym and create a space that is reflective of your own personality and goals. Displaying progress trackers or vision boards can be a great way to bring to life your fitness goals and track your achievements in a motivating way.

6. Incorporate Technology That Gets You Moving

Like to work out while watching the morning news? Or perhaps you prefer blasting bangers over a high-quality sound system? Making sure your technology is well-connected and reliable can be key to creating an environment that allows you to exercise the way you want.

At the time of build, our garden room construction team will run all the necessary cabling from your home to your garden room, ensuring plenty of power outlets to make sure you’re not tripping over pesky extension cables mid-workout. Talk to our team about the technology that’s important to you, and we can even help wall-mount screens or integrate speakers to create a seamless garden gym haven.

Creating a motivating home garden gym can be a great option for those looking to improve their fitness and eliminate the need for expensive (and often, wasted) gym memberships. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can design a space that not only supports your fitness goals but also adds value to your home and creates a fantastic multi-functional space that you will enjoy for years to come. Want to chat about your own garden gym project? Our expert team are on hand to help.

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