Sales of home workout equipment has skyrocketed since lockdown started, with gyms set to be one of the last things to open up. People are utilising spare rooms, sitting rooms, home offices, garages and sheds (not to mention gardens, balconies and patios) to workout.
When we were looking at houses in 2018, I wanted somewhere that we could put a treadmill since Tom didn’t want it in the house. A couple of houses had garages, one or two even had beautiful offices built in their gardens. The house we eventually bought had a big shed. Not exactly ideal but good enough. It was a bit of a lean-to before my step-dad insulated and lined it to make it a functioning ‘gym’.
Our Home Gym Transformation
I’ve been sharing my very orange treadmill shots on instagram for a while. And whilst the shed did the job it wasn’t very aesthetically pleasing and it was a bit of a mess. We were using it for storage as well as our treadmill and new Peloton bike. And had grand plans to paint it, lay a new floor and hang a mirror, but we just kept putting it off. We needed an oil based primer before painting the emulsion. And we had been googling flooring but hadn’t quite pulled the plug yet.
So when GarageFlex got in touch via Instagram suggesting their Flexipanel walls to smarten up the gym, make it look a lot more professional and generally tidy it up, I jumped at their offer*. The flexipanel allows you to clip in shelves, picture hooks, baskets and bike racks directly to the wall without the need for nails which sounded perfect in terms of flexibility and to maximise space.
It took Seve from GarageFlex about three days to fit out our shed, with floor to ceiling panelling, flooring and an inside handle and lock on the door.
Obviously aside from the aesthetics, which I am obsessed with, I love the storage options this has given us without losing floor space. I don’t think we’ll keep the bike on that side wall. We want to utilise the space in that area for floor workouts. And we’re getting a mirror on the back wall to help with form (and for gym selfies, let’s be honest!). I want to hang up some old race bibs and medals in there too. I think it will help with motivation when it gets dark and cold, and workout motivation wanes.
Also on our shopping list is a gym bench and set of weights, plus some new lights for darker days. I bought this cute doormat and some white towels to make it feel even more like a boutique gym.
We honestly love working out in our new space. Yesterday I ran on the treadmill and Tom followed a Peloton class on the bike. Before we both did a bodyweight strength workout. Having this gorgeous gym (plus the new Peloton) has been huge motivation right now. I literally look forward to jumping on the bike for a 20-30 minute workout in the gym most evenings.
Have you got a home gym or somewhere at home you’d like to convert into a gym? For those doing your workouts at home, what is your most utilised equipment?
*GarageFlex gifted the labour, panelling, storage and flooring in exchange for posts & photos of the space.