How to build the perfect home gym or studio

Health and fitness are one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK, with an estimated market value of a whopping £4.7 billion. In fact, UK gym and sports club memberships all point towards growth, with industry memberships increasing by 5.1% on the previous year, reaching close to 10 million subscriptions.

Sports clubs and fitness centres are popping up across the country, with the UK now boasting more than 6,700 active fitness facilities open for business, up from just over 6,400 in 2016. In short, the industry is growing and it’s big business.

However, most regular users of gyms and sports clubs will tell you that subscription fees and membership costs are only going in one direction – upwards, and with an increasing demand being placed on each centre with more and more users joining, most gyms and leisure centres are crowded places to be at peak times.

The average member spends almost £400 per annum on gym memberships, not including travel costs and food and drink expenses. So staying healthy and keeping fit is not an economical pastime to maintain.

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Home gyms are becoming an increasingly popular option

Unsurprisingly, many sports and health enthusiasts are turning to creating their own home gymnasiums or workout studios to indulge in pastimes like body building, cardiovascular exercises, yoga, Pilates and other fitness regimes.

Having a place to exercise carries many hugely attractive advantages and it’s easy to see why so many people decide to convert a room or part of their home into a workout space or gymnasium, reasons including:

  • Convenience – being able to step into your own gym whenever you wish without the hassle of travel, parking or sharing the space with complete strangers is always an attractive option to have. For many, it’s the dream scenario!
  • Cost – aside from the initial purchase of gym equipment, a home gym literally costs you nothing to use and offers the opportunity to kit it out with the types of equipment and machines that you prefer to use for your own exercise regimes.
  • Privacy – there’s nothing quite like being able to work out without the feeling of being watched or judged. Men and women tend to share most commercial gyms, so it’s understandable that some people can feel insecure about their bodies when working out in public. Being able to exercise at your own pace without feeling scrutinised by onlookers is always a bonus to those who prefer the sanctuary of working out in private.

Of course, having a gym or workout room in the home does have its pitfalls. If you live in a relatively modest sized property, taking up an entire room just to workout for a few hours per week could mean losing an entire bedroom or reception room.

With UK homes averaging just three bedrooms per property, losing an entire room may not be an option. If you have a growing family with children who need their own rooms, the dream of having a home gymnasium is simply not feasible. So what are the alternatives?

Create your own purpose-built gym

Whilst it may seem like an extravagance at first, building an external purpose built gym, workout space or yoga studio is not as crazy as you might think and carries with it, many advantages.

Most homes have a decent patch of land in the rear garden and for at least 6 months of the year, sit disused during the autumn and winter months. So it’s reasonably fair to say that the garden is the least utilised part of the home year in, year out. So would losing a small area of that matter so much?

A workout room doesn’t need to be overly huge, and with an area covering around just 10 sq metres, you could have ample room to create your very own exercise oasis in the garden.

The best way to achieve this is by erecting a timber-framed workshop onto a solid poured concrete slab. Prefabricated structures such as timber framed buildings offer a quick and easy route to creating an external building that can be used for practically anything you like.

These types of buildings have become increasingly popular for a number of uses such as workshops, home offices, man caves and of course home gyms and workout studios.

The initial outlay may seem like a lot to invest but when you consider the vast advantages of building and owning one has to offer, it soon becomes apparent that it’s an expense worth making.

Just think, with your very own home gym in the garden, you can take advantage of benefits including:

  • Dedicated Space – an exterior gym room means you do not have to sacrifice a room in the home and can make it to your exacting tastes. Then when you are done, you can lock the door and return when you wish for your next session.
  • Convenience – not only is it convenient to have your own gym at home, it also means there’s no noise from workouts, gym equipment or potentially sweaty odours infringing across the rest of the home
  • Secure – you can rest assured that your gym and workout equipment is safe, secure and in a clean and dry environment, all year round.
  • Value – adding an external timber building in your garden will add value to your home so the small investment will return equity into your homes’ overall valuation
  • Adaptability – you don’t just have to use the room for working out. During warmer months, it could also double up as a summerhouse or a place to hangout and relax. It could easily be divided up into a workout room and a safe play area for the kids.

So it’s easy to see why erecting an external timber building is a great way to get yourself your very own workout space. In most cases, planning consent is not required as it is not deemed as a building used for dwelling and with some ingenuity, you could really make it a very special place that everyone in your home can enjoy, all year round.