The Ultimate Guide to Setting Up Your Garage Gym

Updated May 2023

Converting your garage into a home gym is the perfect solution for working out when budgeting your time. No more trying to find time in your schedule to get to the gym — you'll have one right in your garage! Creating a garage gym gives you the opportunity to retreat and focus on yourself. Plus, it's away from the main living areas of your home and it provides more open space for you to move around.

If you’ve been thinking about converting your garage into the ultimate home gym, you’re in the right place! This article will teach you everything you need to know about designing your garage gym. Let’s dive in!

Hello Garage Home Gym Makeover

Hello Garage makes it easy to turn your garage into an at-home gym, giving you the spaces you need to work out — without the hassle of going to the gym!

How to Design a Garage Gym

While every home gym is different, there are some common elements among them. Here’s what to consider when converting your garage into a gym.

High-Performing Garage Floors

Close up of finished polyaspartic garage floor coating in gray.

Our polyaspartic garage floor coating is water and sweat-proof, making it the perfect gym flooring.

Garage floors are durable for everyday life but most are plain and uninviting. There are several options to coat your garage floor on the market, but polyaspartic outweighs the rest — even epoxy! A polyaspartic garage floor coating is water and sweat-proof, which is perfect for a garage gym. It's even chemical resistant, so it can protect your garage floors if you choose to keep a space for normal garage storage.

Unlike traditional rugs and mats, a polyaspartic garage floor coating is slip-resistant. Polyaspartic coatings are also environmentally friendly and have a quick drying time — you'll be back in your garage in about a day!

Polyaspartic Coating Benefits

  • High quality
  • Durable — won't peel, crack or chip
  • UV- and impact-resistant
  • Fully bonds to concrete surfaces

Garage Gym Decor, Mirrors & Lighting

Imagine opening your garage door and feeling like you're stepping into a unique space where you can get your sweat on without the distractions of everyday life. The decor that you incorporate into your garage gym will set the tone for your workouts. And don't forget to dress up the walls with mirrors! They're a great way to add dimension to any space and make your garage feel bigger. You'll also be able to see your hard work pay off as you track your progress and monitor your success.

Lighting is another key component of a garage gym. Without good lighting, you'll be relying on the daylight and that means opening the garage door, even in harsh weather. Hello Garage offers high-lumen, energy-efficient overhead garage lights that will illuminate even the darkest garage!

Pro Tip: A TV or projector will make it easy to stream your favorite workout videos. Fun disco lighting, motivational signage, jerseys and memorabilia also make great additions to your gym walls.

Garage Organization & Equipment Storage

Woman stretching leg using garage bench after workout.

Hello Garage offers durable, customizable garage storage shelves, benches and slatwall systems that are perfect for organizing your garage gym.

There are many storage solutions to add to your garage gym to make it perfect for your daily sweat sessions. You'll need a safe way to store weights and other training equipment that keeps them off the ground and out of the way.

Options for Garage Gym Storage

  • Storage cabinets
  • Garage shelving
  • Garage slatwall

Hello Garage offers garage cabinets equipped with swing-out doors, soft-close hinges, a heavy-duty frame and shelves to create a sleek finish to hold all the essential gym equipment. Our heavy-duty garage shelving can hold up to 300 pounds per shelf and are perfect to use to organize your home gym or other areas of your garage.

Hello Garage also has a slatwall system great for additional wall storage. You can hang items such as towels, resistance bands and jump ropes from our durable hooks, baskets and loops.

Pro Tip: When shopping for gym equipment storage, consider the following.

  1. How durable and long-lasting is it?
  2. How much weight a unit can hold (especially for free weight and kettlebell storage)?
  3. Is it damage resistant?
  4. What kind of warranty is included?

What home gym equipment should you buy?

The most important aspect of your garage gym is the equipment that you plan to use. Inexpensive items like dumbbells, kettlebells, yoga mats and resistance bands are a great start in building your ideal garage gym.

Home Gym Essentials

Workout dumbbells on garage storage shelf

Start creating your dream at-home gym by stocking up on dumbbells, kettlebells and other workout essentials.

  • Dumbbell sets in light, medium and heavy weights
  • Kettlebell in medium weight
  • Jump rope
  • Resistance bands
  • Flat bench
  • Exercise mat
  • Mirrors
  • Towels and disinfectant

Once you’ve established the basics, consider investing in some of the more expensive items such as a squat rack or power rack, barbells, weight plates and a weight bench.

Pro Tip: Save money by shopping around your community pages or second-hand stores. You can often find the equipment you need for a fraction of the price! Even if you have to start with a small amount of equipment, over time you will build the perfect garage gym for your needs.

Say Hello to Your Very Own Garage Workout Room

You're going to love having your own workout room right in the comfort of your home! The possibilities are endless when you design your space to fit your personal needs.

Our Hello Garage design experts can help you come up with the appropriate solutions to spruce up your floors, lighting and storage space in order to achieve the garage gym of your dreams.

Want to learn more about designing a garage gym with Hello Garage? Get in touch with your local Garage Guru to schedule a home gym design consultation and free estimate!

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