Obviously, the world has been hit with a huge trend of working out from home during this crazy pandemic. In some places, gyms are opening back up, and people are getting back to their regular fitness routine. Understandably, you might be nervous or anxious about going to a gym when there’s still a virus floating about menacingly. Instead, you’d prefer to stay at home and keep working out there until things get safer.
One of the best ways to stay motivated and get a good workout is to have a great place to workout in. So, today’s focus is on turning your garage into a home gym. Lots of you probably have garages that see no use and are full of junk. In just a few simple steps, you can turn yours into a mini-gym!
Lay down some protective flooring
You don’t want to damage your garage flooring – or any of your equipment – as it can lead to expensive repairs. Thankfully, it’s easy to get your hands on some protective flooring for a home gym. The best approach is to get the interlocking rubber flooring tiles that can be placed on top of your existing flooring. I like this because you can pretty much buy as much as you deem necessary. There’s no need to cover your entire garage if you’re only using a small space – buy enough to create a protective lifting area!
Also, it helps to get a gym mat to lie down on if you’re doing ab workouts or any exercises where you need to lie on the floor. It’s not essential, but it is slightly more hygienic and keeps your clothes clean.
Install an HVAC system
One of the worst things about most home setups is that you have no way of controlling the temperature. When it’s hot outside, your garage becomes a stifling sauna. When it’s cold, you freeze to death. Therefore, it makes sense to contact an HVAC company to install a system in your garage. From here, you can control the temperature to feel more comfortable when working out. You’ll no longer be overly hot and sweaty in the heat, and you won’t risk injury by working out when it’s too cold.
Put up some mirrors
You don’t realize how essential mirrors are until your gym closes and you have to work out in front of a wall. You need a mirror to help you see your form and ensure that you’re not making mistakes. It also makes it a lot easier to focus on your workout and feel motivated as you can see the physical changes as they’re happening. Working out with no mirrors is plain weird and doesn’t feel right. So, head out and stick some mirrors on the wall of your garage to create proper gym vibes. As a bonus, this will also make the room feel a lot bigger!
After these three steps, you’ve put together an excellent home gym in your garage. Of course, you also need any equipment that’s essential for you. It’s smart to look on eBay or other second-hand websites to get it for as cheap as possible. Presumably, you already have some equipment as you’ve been working out at home for months. So, this post is more about creating a space to work out in.