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Home Gym Ideas

3rd January 2023

The Complete Home Gym Guide 2023

Creating your own home gym is life-changing!  Gone are the days of commuting to and from the gym after a long day at work, or trying to find the motivation to get into shape. Your very own personal garden gym shed can be located just a short walk away at the bottom of the garden.

In fact, a well-designed home gym shed can motivate you to hit your fitness goals even more than working out with the masses! The private space can take away the pressure of feeling watched that some feel when working out in a traditional gym. However, a garden room home gym takes this away and provides a comfortable environment to learn and get in shape without any pressures.


Exterior of a modern green retreats garden room that has been designed as a garden gym with bifold doors


Benefits of a Home Gym


Beat Gym Anxiety with A Home Gym

People are often put off joining a gym due to anxiety-related reasons. Being watched during your workout, crowded spaces or even the pressure to be wearing the ‘right’ clothing brand. Take off those pressures with a home gym that gives you the private space you need to achieve your fitness goals.


Why Garden Gyms are a practical solution to Home Gyms

Home gyms are often a set of dumbbells in the living room or a treadmill in a chilly garage. Take your health and fitness seriously with a dedicated space to workout from the comfort and practicality of your home garden. Banish unsightly gym equipment to your purpose-built garden gym, whilst keeping your home as a clutter-free sanctuary for rest post-workout (no more clothes-horse exercise bikes!)


Why Home Gyms Are Better Than Joining the Gym

With gym memberships rising, spaces getting more crammed and other external lifestyle commitments, Gyms are proving not to be a practical solution for everyone anymore. Thankfully, there are alternatives! Home gyms cut out long commutes, have no wait times for equipment, and are a peaceful environment to focus on your workout. What’s more, you can work out on your own, with a friend, or run your PT business from our luxury micro gyms.

We’ve got a great range of amazing garden gym shed ideas to inspire you for when you create your own garden gym.

green retreats luxury garden gym with doors open in the sunshine


Small Garden Gym

A small garden doesn’t mean the dream for the perfect home gym is over! Our Inspiration building design starts at 2m x 2m which is perfect for creating a workout space just steps from your back door.  Opting for a fully mirrored wall like this private London Home Gym will create the illusion of a much larger space, as well as give you a great garden reflection to gaze at as you work out.

Exterior of home gym with lights on in the evening  interior of a garden home gym with the doors open


Large Garden Gym

For the fitness fanatics, a large garden room turned home gym will cover all your workout needs. Opt for a larger size configuration to zone your space and create a cardio, weights and mat area! You could even add a chill zone to enjoy that post-workout power up.

Exterior of Edge home gym with bi-folds open state of the art Edge home gym with bifold doors


Garden Yoga Studio

If zen is more your style our garden buildings are perfectly suited to become a garden yoga studio or meditation haven. What’s great about our garden rooms is they come with everything you need to get started including lights, heating and choice of flooring, but still give you all the freedom to put your decor spin on it and create a unique space just for you!

Evening Yoga Studio Room green retreats home gym transformed into a spacious yoga studio


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If your a gym fanatic or a fitness newbie who either has or is thinking about creating a home gym, it’s important to include these home gym must haves to ensure you create the perfect gym space.


1. Mirrors

Using mirrors effectively can guarantee a better workout environment. Not only will it help you master a new move and improve your form but it can help make your garden room gym appear larger and lighter than it is


2. Music

Nothing is more motivating and pushing during exercise than your favourite songs. During gym sessions, pushing yourself is the best way to make progress.


3. Dumbbells

Dumbbells are included in such a huge amount of exercises and stretches, it immediately justifies having to purchase them. The longest-lasting dumbbells are typically hex shaped with the rubber coating on. These are durable and are the perfect addition to any exercise.


4. Pull Up Bar

When it comes to kitting out gyms, pull up bars are often overlooked. They’re great for building up muscle strength and despite the rumours, they can be used for many other things rather than just pullups. They can assist in improving even things like your posture, which is beneficial for your health in the long-term.


5. Treadmill

Whether you enjoy a walk, easy jog, a sprint or a long distance run – looking out into your garden with a fresh breeze blowing through your windows sounds pretty perfect to us! Getting your steps in with the comfort of your own garden room is without doubt the most convenient and practical solution, SURELY?!


6. Exercise Bike

A very popular item in the gym world, and definitely a must-have for your own gym space! A stationary exercise bike appeals to all ages, is an efficient & effective way to burn calories and helps strengthen your muscles, heart and lungs.


Do Garden Rooms Need Planning Permission?

Garden rooms typically do not require planning permission as they fall under your permitted development rights. However, where planning permission may be necessary, Green Retreats will handle the application process for you.

For more information, visit our planning permission page or the garden rooms and outbuildings page on the Planning Portal. If you’re unsure if your garden room project requires planning permission, contact our team or schedule a free design consultation.

Home Gym Ideas


Make Your Home Gym Ideas A Reality!

Whether you’re in the early stages of debating whether or not you want a gym, or you know that you want to add a home gym – we can help! You can request our free brochure here to kick-start your project and take a look at pricings and our different building models. Either way, it’s a brilliant home addition and promotes a healthier lifestyle.

For more inspiration, take a look at our videos!

Our garden rooms are priced based on the internal sizes rather than the exterior footprint, making it easier for you to plan your space. The price includes base, installation and VAT so there are no (nasty) surprises when it comes to final payment!


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