If you’ve ever looked around your garage and thought, “I could find a much better way to use this space,” now may be a good time to let that thought spring into action. And if springing and action are what you had in mind, imagine how cool it would be if you could turn your garage into a home gym! Of course, you’ll need a place to put your car(s) – and all of the other stuff that’s likely taking up valuable garage real estate in the most inefficient ways possible. But don’t get overwhelmed before you begin. Let’s break this down into easy steps.
Step 1: Clear the Space. Yes, All of It
This step isn’t very fun, but it’s necessary. You’ve probably been meaning to clean up the place anyway, right?. Now is a good time to purge or resell what you don’t even remember you own because it’s buried under boxes.
Once you’ve decided what you’re going to keep, don’t put it back just yet. You’ll need to find creative ways to store your items that won’t get in the way of your workout space. And you won’t know what kind of workout space you’ll need until you make a plan.
Step 2: Create a Floor Plan AND a Wall Plan
Depending on your comfort level, you could either outsource your floor plan or use relatively inexpensive software to design it yourself.
At this point, you’ll need to be brutally honest with yourself about which kinds of equipment you’ll actually use since you surely don’t have as much room as a commercial gym does.
Also, if you’ll be using the space to do video workouts, you’ll have to figure out where the best place is to put the TV.
Speaking of floor plans, you’ll need to consider what kind of flooring will best suit the types of workouts you plan to do. It’s not recommended to do jump squats or burpees on a cold, dirty, cement floor, and not very inviting, either.
And remember all of the stuff you cleared out in Step 1? It’s time to make a plan to bring it back. Since you won’t want to take up any precious floor space, think about purchasing vertical wall storage. You’ll be mad at yourself for not doing this years ago, but you’ll soon get over it when you see how well it works.
Step 3: Plan for Temperature Control
Austin winters are pretty mild, so it’s unlikely you’ll need to worry about frigid temperatures turning your workout into a teeth-chattering experience. But the summers are hot, and if you’re concerned about keeping your gym cool when the heat is sweltering, consider purchasing garage doors that are better insulated than what you currently own.
For the remainder of the year, you might choose to open your garage doors while you work out, for better airflow and comfort. If that’s the case, you may want to look into installing a garage door with a higher lift so you won’t have to worry about smashing your weights against the tracks when you lift your arms over your head.
Step 4: Create an Environment You’ll Want to Visit
This is the really fun part. Choose design elements that will make you look forward to using your home gym. Select colors that energize you, install speakers for all of the great music that will inspire you and add lighting that invigorates you.
If you’ve invested time and money in your home gym, you’ll want it to be a place that motivates you to work out.
Austin’s Greater Garage Doors Can Help to Expand Your Space and Keep it Cool
If your garage gym plans require higher overhead space or better weather insulation, get in touch with a member of our team at Austin’s Greater Garage Doors to help make your plan a reality.
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