Before we dive into some great garage gym ideas, here's some pointers to help you make the best decisions when it comes to outfitting your gym.
Plan Your Space - Spending some time up front to plan out your space is not only fun, it also helps you make the best decisions on equipment. So before you hunt around for deals on garage gym equipment packages, grab a pencil, paper and tape measure first and draw a scaled down version of your space.
The great thing about planning out your space on pencil and paper is that you can make changes easily and can move equipment pieces around. You'll thank yourself many times over for planning out your space before you invest.
What Are Your Goals? - While thinking about Garage Gym ideas, write down a few of your short term and long term goals. You might find that you favor a particular line of equipment - whether it's all endurance related, strength biased or maybe it's mostly bodyweight movements you want to master. With your goals down in writing you'll be more apt to pursue them as well so spend a little time on this one and be honest with yourself on what you think you will stay with over the long term.
What Is The Ideal Height for My Garage Gym? - Here's one aspect of a space that can really take the wind out of some people's sails when it really doesn't need to. Having an overhead clearance of about 1.8-1.9 times your height is ideal as it opens up the widest variety of exercises. But, if the height of your space measures in at less than that, don't let it stop you. Even in a space with minimal overhead height you can still get a lot done. If you can't get a barbell overhead because of a short ceiling, kettlebells are a great solution. Ingenuity and creativity in your plan will keep your options open. The Concept 2 Rower is the perfect example of an astoundingly effective machine that fits in the smallest of spaces.
Buy in Sets or Kits - Building a Garage Gym a piece at a time can certainly be done, but not every community has a fitness store around the corner with all the pieces you are after. That means you'll most likely be purchasing from an online company. Buying one piece at a time can add substantially to overall shipping costs as you build your gym from the ground up. Instead, consider purchasing equipment packages or sets with free shipping. You'll have to dream just a bit bigger but you'll save those added shipping costs in the long run.
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