Have you ever failed to fully commit to a workout routine? Was one of the reasons why you failed the lack of time available to exercise? You wouldn’t be alone. The most common excuse for not exercising is often lack of time. Even if you find yourself having more time amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, most gyms across the country have been closed. Those that are left open may have some restrictions and guidelines that limit you from going, or perhaps you don’t feel it’s the safest decision to return. However, more and more people are discovering that there is another option. Transforming a part of your garage space into a gym is an excellent way to maintain healthy exercise routines at home.
If you’re interested, the first step is assessing how much of your garage space is available for the transformation. If you happen to live in a warmer climate, your garage may be used for the storage of goods rather than vehicles. This provides you with more than enough space to facilitate a home gym. Living in colder areas of the country may make this more challenging in the winter months, however not impossible. Maintain enough space for vehicles and then make do with what you have.
Prior to commitment, consider these two questions:
What is your max spend?
Try to budget out how much money you’re willing to invest in this project. Whether that be on garage renovations or equipment, be sure you’re prepared financially. In addition to this, consider how much space is already taken up in the garage with things like lawnmowers, home tools, or outdoor decorations; as you’ll have to make room for whatever equipment you own and have to purchase.
What type of equipment will you purchase?
Will you focus primarily on cardio-based machines such as a treadmill? Or will you dedicate your home gym to weightlifting specifically? How about a mixture of both? If you’re looking to target all groups of muscles while not breaking the bank, consider resistance bands and free weights. If you’re hoping to target one specific group of muscles, consider equipment such as a weight bench with a full barbell and a Smith machine to target both the upper and lower body. However, you must consider how much space you will have to support this equipment as well.
For more information on how to make the transition from the garage to the gym without breaking the bank, take a look at the accompanying infographic below. Courtesy of Good Garage.