If you want to start working towards improving your physical fitness but are discouraged by the cost of gym memberships, don’t despair! With a little creativity, you most certainly can ‘get fit ‘on a budget.
Have You Considered a Home Gym?
You may cringe at the idea and think “It’s too expensive” or “I don’t have room” but both are mere myths.
A home gym in the garden shed is the answer!
It not only solves the space problem but it’s not as uncommon as you think! They are an excellent way to have a place to work out and get those results you are after and will save you money in the long run.
Let’s go over how you can set up your own gym in a garden shed so that you can get your body moving.
Cost of Setting Up a Home Gym
The cost of living is skyrocketing and our time is becoming more valuable than ever. Keeping a gym membership going annually can start becoming a financial strain. They can cost anywhere from $500-$1000 per year. Let’s not forget the cost of travel to the gym and for the ladies the cost of great outfits!
Setting up a gym at home can cost you anywhere around $500- $5000 depending on your budget. But the good news is you pay this once and then you have access to your own gym, whenever you want, and don’t have to travel. When comparing the setup cost to annual gym fees you are certainly saving thousands in the long run.
What Size Shed Will You Need
When it comes to the size of the shed you’ll need for this purpose, you’ll want to choose one that’s at least 3m x 3m in size. This will allow enough room for you to move around throughout your workout without feeling cramped.
While you could use a smaller size, you will definitely be more limited in terms of what equipment you can have in there and the exercises that you may be able to perform.
The more space you have, the more options you’ll have.
You may way to measure the available space in your backyard to get a good idea of how big a shed you can fit. Sheds come in all shapes and sizes as well as styles so you won’t have to settle for a crummy rust bucket.
DIY sheds are a great option as the prices range from 300-600 and can be delivered to your door. They are also easy to assembly so you can save money already.
Proper Equipment Selection
Now you need to consider the equipment that you will purchase. This will depend heavily on how much space you have available as well as your budget.
Buying on a budget
The great thing about building your own home gym is that you can add new pieces of equipment as you go. You won’t have to spend hundreds of dollars immediately. The best advice is to decide what you would ultimately like in your Shed Gym. Research how much the equipment will cost and then based on the expense set a budget you can work with to save for it.
The good news is you can start today even if you have a tight budget.
Cardio You can get a great cardio session indoors by using simple things like a skipping rope or stepping box. Both of these are affordable and will get your heart pumping with the right activities.
If you already have some savings and can splash out a bit, you might consider a piece of cardio equipment such as a bike, treadmill, or elliptical trainer. Those will typically run closer to the $500+ range.
Free Weights Beyond cardio, you will definitely want to arm yourself with a set of dumbbells. These will be excellent for your strength training workout routine and help you get the muscle strengthening and conditioning benefits you’re after.
Either purchase a set of exchangeable dumbbells or if you prefer, buy a few sets of regular style dumbbells so you have a range of weights. It is important that you have various weight levels as that can help assist with natural progression.
These cost anywhere between $8 to $500 depending on the range and weight you want for your exercise. So it can really fit any budget depending on your goals. If you need heavier weights as you progress and can’t afford new dumbbells yet, try filling bags with sand. This is very effective.
Squat Rack & Bench Finally, if you have plenty of room, purchasing a squat rack with a bench is a very wise move. Without the squat rack, it can get harder to lift as heavy as you should be for your main compound movements such as squats, deadlifts, and the bench press. The squat rack makes this possible.
Be sure to also pick up an adjustable bench as well that you can use for bench press along with incline or decline bench as well.
Another option if you are short on cash but still want the benefits of weight training, try Resistance Tubes, they can be very affordable (averaging at $35 for a good quality set), easy to use, and super effective.
So there you have a few of the main pieces of equipment you can purchase to start setting up a Shed Gym. Remember you don’t need it all at once… you can build your gym as you progress and will still save hundreds of dollars compared to a gym membership.
Don’t overlook this cost-effective way to get into the best shape of your life. Enjoy designing your Shed Gyms!