How To Turn Your Garage Into A Home Gym

8 pieces of equipment you need to turn your garage into a home gym

Creating your own home gym is more achievable than you might think. By adding some of this equipment to your garage, you'll be well on your way

BEING A MEMBER of a commercial gym isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Be it the commute, limited opening hours, gym floor congestion or simply needing to spend more time at home with the family, there are a number of reasons why it might not work for you. One way to get around some of these issues is by adding a few valuable pieces of equipment to your garage and turning it into a home gym.

Before you jump the gun and throw your hard-earned cash at the first high-priced piece of flashy equipment that shows up on your Instagram feed, make sure you consider the following questions to see if a home gym is right for you.

  • Are you happy to train alone? A commercial grade gym in your garage sounds great, but you could long for a social environment to train in.
  • Do you consider yourself introverted? If you’re extroverted and get energy and motivation from being around other people, starting a home gym might not be the best idea.
  • Does your budget match what you want to achieve? Think about your goals and what equipment you need to achieve them. E.g. If you want to be a power lifter who can deadlift over 200kg, flooring, a plate set and a bar may break your budget.
  • Do you have adequate space to do what you intend to do?
  • Are your reasons for starting a home gym justifiable?
  • Do you have somewhere else to put your car (s)?

Many people make the mistake of purchasing unnecessary and expensive equipment only to let it all collect dust and then be thrown on the nature strip to join hundreds of other pieces of landfill. That being said, if you answered yes to the above questions, congratulations, a home gym would likely be a good investment. To help you take the next step, we’re breaking down the important pieces of equipment you’ll need to elevate your home gym from a loose assortment of gear scattered around your garage floor to a commercial-grade sweat centre you can brag to your friends about. Let’s get into it.

 

1. 20kg VULCAN Fitness Barbell

Gym Equipment

An essential piece of equipment that features in a number of key exercises (bench press, deadlifts, squats. etc), an Olympic barbell should be one of your first purchases when building a home gym. It’s especially worth investing in a barbell if you’re a taller person, as smaller bars can be restricting. They’re usually 220cm, so make sure you have enough room to use it. This one from VULCAN Fitness is one of the best you’ll find, with commercial-level quality, durability, and spring collars.

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2. 100kg VULCAN FITNESS Bumper Plate Set

Gym Equipment

The total weight of your plates can vary, but generally, you’ll want at least 100kg for those heavier compound exercises. Aim to buy enough weight to satisfy your training style needs (e.g. power, strength, hypertrophy or endurance) and consider how much you can lift for your main compound movements (bench press, squat and deadlift). 

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3. VERVE Zen Power Rack

Home Gym Equipment

The rack is central to all of your compound exercises. This is also where you can hang your rings, do pull-ups and tie your resistance bands from various angles. Spotters are hard to come by when training from home, and a huge benefit of having a power rack like this one from VERVE is that there’s adjustable safety bars. Make sure you utilise them, unless you want to feature on @gymfuckerytv.

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4. Celsius BC2 FID Bench

Home Gym Equipment

Landing a sturdy bench will enable you to perform a wide variety of exercises. Just make sure you get one like this, with adjustable heights allowing for incline and decline variations.

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5. Resistance bands

Various thicknesses will provide various resistance levels. Resistance bands are comprehensive as they can be used to target any muscle group and also be used for warm-up activation drills.

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6. Technogym Skillup

Cable exercises should play a part in any truly holistic workout routine, and few exercises will deliver more of a full-body burn than a cable skier. If that’s what you’re looking for, it’s difficult to ignore the new Technogym Skillup, which uses dual resistance technology to integrate a cardio workout with strength training. And thanks to its barrier-free design, Skillup can fit into just about any layout.

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7. Peloton Tread

Investing in a treadmill will remove the final reason you’d have to leave your garage for a workout (cardio). There isn’t much to say about the Peloton Tread that hasn’t already been said – including what’s been said by us. The Tread finally made its way down under in 2023 and it’s been just as big of a hit here as it has everywhere else. Some treadmills only act as a vessel for running on the spot. Not the Tread. Exertainment (exercise + entertainment) is at the core of the Peloton philosophy, materialising in a seemingly endless range of interactive classes and workouts designed to suit every type of runner.

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8. Bose Surround Speaker System

The garage can be a quiet, dark and lonely place. Music will help you get into the zone and smash out a decent workout.

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Having access to a home/garage gym is a luxury and incredibly convenient. Just make sure your decision aligns with your personality and lifestyle, and most importantly, does not interfere with achieving your goals. Happy training!

 

 
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By Cayle Reid

Cayle Reid is a fan of everything sports and fitness. He spends his free time at the gym, on his surfboard or staying up late watching sports in incompatible time zones.

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