The Ultimate Guide to Setting Up Your Garage Gym

Friday, April 2nd by Hello Garage


Woman doing lunges using garage bench.

Turning your garage into an at-home gym gives you the space needed to work out without the hassle of going to the gym.

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. To give you an idea of just how easy it can be, we’ve put together a list of things to consider when converting your garage into a home gym:

What to Consider When Converting Your Garage

  • Flooring
  • Lighting/mirrors
  • Storage/shelves
  • Gym equipment

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 one solution outweighs the rest. 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.

Plus, unlike traditional rugs and mats, your polyaspartic garage floor coating will be 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 Pros

  • High quality
  • Durable, won’t peel, crack or chip
  • UV resistant
  • Bonds to concrete

Garage Gym Walls, 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 mirrors are a great way to add dimension to any space. Your garage will seem bigger and you’ll see the progress of your hard work as you monitor your success.

Another key component of garage gyms is the lighting. Without good lighting, you’ll be relying on the daylight and that means opening the garage door, even in harsh weather. Hello Garage offers energy-efficient LED lights that will light up your space with three movable panels so you can angle the light exactly where you want it!

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.

Options for Your Walls

  • Decorations
  • Mirrors
  • TV/ projector
  • LED ceiling lighting

Garage Organization & Equipment Storage

Woman stretching leg using garage bench after workout.

Hello Garage offers durable, customizable garage storage shelves, benches and Slatwall 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. First, you need a safe way to store weights and other training equipment that keeps them off the ground and out of the way. Hello Garage offers garage cabinets equipped with sliding doors, recessed handles, a heavy-duty frame and shelves to create a sleek finish to hold all the essential gym equipment. Our heavy-duty shelving can hold up to 300 lbs. 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: A few criteria to consider for gym equipment storage:

  • Durability
  • How much weight a unit can hold (especially for free weight & kettlebell storage)
  • Damage resistance
  • Warranty protection

Click here to view all the garage cabinets and wall storage options that Hello Garage has to offer! We will help you find the perfect match for your garage gym.

Options for Garage Gym Storage

  • Storage Cabinets
  • Garage Shelving
  • Garage Slatwall

What Home Gym Equipment Should You Buy?

Workout dumbbells on garage storage shelf

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

Start small with these home gym essentials:

  • Dumbbell sets in 3 weights — Light, medium, heavy
  • Kettlebell in medium weight
  • Jump rope
  • Resistance bands
  • Flat bench
  • Exercise mat
  • Mirrors
  • Towels & disinfectant

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. Some of the more expensive items include a squat rack or power rack, barbells, weight plates and a weight bench.

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. To learn more, get in touch with your local Garage Guru.

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