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Last updated June. 18, 2020
It is common knowledge that keeping fit is one of the keys to a long, healthy life. From health benefits to physical benefits, there are many reasons to hit the gym on a regular basis.
People have different excuses for not keeping fit, and one of the commonest ones is lack of access to gym facilities.
The lockdown in most places as a result of COVID-19 has made this worse. How about bringing the gym home?
Yes, you can have a little gym in your home, if keeping fit means anything to you. Your garage, for instance, is a perfect space to turn to a temporary gym that will serve you well in emergencies.
Do you know how to go about that? We are here to help: below are few tips on how you can turn your garage into a temporary gym:
Garages normally have hard concrete flooring. This is not where you want to be performing rigorous physical activities as severe accidents can happen.
Hard concrete doesn’t absorb the shock of high-intensity movement, and this will take its toll with time. The floor, therefore, is a good place to start when you want to turn your garage to a gym.
There are gentler flooring alternatives to consider. Carpet tiles, rubber flooring, foam and epoxy flooring are some of the best options to consider for gym flooring.
You can go for the latter, which doesn't require any expensive work. It is a resin coating you can paint directly onto concrete. Epoxy can also be very durable.
It is also water-resistant and dust-proof, making it easy to maintain.
Since you are going to be spending a lot of time in your new gym, there is a need to make it more livable. Temperature control is very important and you have to start by insulating the garage.
This is an important step to ensure that temperature is always regulated to keep you are everyone in the gym comfortable while exercising.
Besides temperature control benefits, insulation will be beneficial to your new gym in other ways. It will reduce energy cost; it will help minimize the level of noise getting into the gym and going outside, and it will make the interior look and feel better.
You should choose the type of insulation that will suit your garage door. There are several inexpensive options to consider.
A clean and organized space is needed to keep you motivated to engage in physical activities. That is why the best gyms in town are well organized.
Remember this is no longer a garage. It is to become a home gym and you need to organize it to reflect the new status. You need to clear out and clean up: get rid of the junks as soon as possible.
Sort through the things in your garage carefully and dispose of the ones you know you don't need anymore.
You can donate, resell, and simply dispose of some items to create the space you need for your gym equipment and exercising.
For those items you feel you may still need in the future, move them elsewhere. A self-storage unit, a garden shade, or a linen closet can accommodate them, but not your new gym.
Make no mistake about it; you will need more storage options for your new gym. This is the next important thing to do. Try as much as possible to maximize the limited square footage.
The floor space needs to be uncluttered. Most equipment will have to go to the walls and the ceilings. This means you have some real installations to make.
A Slatwall system is one of the best solutions for home gyms. It will maximize the vertical of the garage for storage of accessories like baskets, utility bins and more.
You can also install cabinets, shelving, overhead racks, and pegboards. If you know you will be using and rearranging stuff often (which is normal in a home gym), a DIY pegboard is necessary.
A gym is nothing without the right equipment. This is the point you have to be more careful with every decision you make. You need to consider the kind of exercises you will engage in while buying your equipment.
If your home gym will be open to your family and friends, consider the activities they cherish too. In all, make sure you invest in the basic equipment that will help you get to where you want to be physically.
If working out is new to you or you are not knowledgeable about gym equipment, it will be helpful to consult someone to help out at this point.
It is also advisable to stick to the essential and buy more as you gain more knowledge. You can also buy used or refurbished equipment at this point.
To complete your new home gym, you need an air cooler. It is unlikely that you already have an air cooling system in your garage. You need it now that the space has become a temporary home gym.
With an air cooler, you can keep the space perfectly cool during the hot season. In addition to helping you exercise comfortably, the air cooler will help prevent heat-related illnesses like heat stroke, which is linked with physical exertion too.
There are different types of air coolers so make sure you choose the right air cooler for your needs. There is a need to be certain of the size of air cooler you need for the gym space before buying one.
Find out the CFM requirement of the garage and buy an appropriate air cooler that will keep it cool for you and your gym buddies. You should also maintain your air cooler appropriately to make it last longer.
A home gym can help you in so many ways. In fact, it is a necessity if you take your physical state and overall health very seriously. In a time of crisis, you can remain at home and exercise as you would every other day.
The garage is a good space to convert to a home gym and we have discussed how you can make this possible.
We sincerely hope that this post helps you create the perfect temporary gym in your home. It can also be a temporary gym as long as you live in the house.
If you have any further questions, contact us and we would be happy to help you.