How To Build A Garage Gym

Tell your car you are kicking it out. Your gym is moving in. Seriously! We have some fantastic garage gym ideas.

Your Garage Is the Perfect Place For A Gym

A garage is a perfect space for a home gym. It's almost as though it was made for it. 

Garage Gym Training

It’s solid. It’s tough. It can handle the weight.

When you clear out your garage, you’ll be able to see that it is just the right size for your gym and, while somewhat separate from your home, it is readily available without having to drive anywhere!

A garage is ideal for the equipment that you will need and having a designated space that is customized by you, right at your fingertips, is a huge bonus. 

Garage Gym Ideas Prep

With a bit of elbow grease, you could have the perfect home gym in just a few hours! If you are wondering how to make a CrossFit gym of your own, here are some garage gym ideas to get started:


The first thing you will need to do is declutter and reorganize your garage. Removing all of your belongings will help you to see how much space you will have to work with.

See this as a perfect opportunity to organize your life and create a unique space that is all about you


When you stand back and see your space free of your belongings and debris, you’ll realize how open it is. Imagine what kind of energy and look you'd like for your gym.

Remember that you can have several “areas” in your gym - anything from a yoga mat area to a weight training section. Rowing machines, strongman equipment, and bikes work well too. 

Create The Plan:

Your CrossFit garage gym layout is very important. Sketch out ideas of where you’d like to place your equipment and how they will fit. Measure your space and locate the best spots for any large equipment. 

Tape out a map on the floor of where things will go before setting it in place so that you get a clear idea of how it will all fit together. Like a puzzle, you will find the locations that work best for you, in your space. 

Add Color:

Don’t be afraid to add energizing color to your garage gym. Positive quotes on the walls can add inspiration to your workouts. Colored floor mat tiles can add some fun or much-needed cushioning for your workouts. 

Keeping things light and bright in your garage gym is a good idea. Including colors that you like will help to keep you motivated.  

Add Light:

You will need plenty of lighting in your garage gym. If you don't have a window, be sure to add some lights to allow for good visibility, no matter what time you train. 

Add Storage: 

Make sure that you allocate some storage space for smaller equipment. Locker-type cabinets can hold your small items away neatly, while doubling up as handy surface tops for things like your water bottle, towel, etc.

Equipment You Will Need for Your Garage Gym Ideas

Sandbag Equipment

Now that you have created a perfect open space, you’ll want to fill your gym with the best CrossFit equipment available. Items that will not only fit your gym but your budget too! Here is a basic home gym essentials checklist from Brute Force.

  • Exercise mat
  • Weight Bench
  • Sandbags
  • Mirror
  • Jump Rope
  • Resistance Bands 

To Super Power Your Gym Be Sure To Get:

  • Brute Force Sandbag Kit- These sandbags are a highly versatile tool for building strength and endurance. Perfect for weight training, these bags are an ideal purchase for your garage gym. They eliminate the need for multiple sets of dumbbells, which will save you space, and are the perfect one-stop shop for all your odd-object training needs. They are a Crossfit home gym essential.
  • Brute Force Kettlebells- They come in three sizes and are great for building functional strength. Brute Force Kettlebells are easily adjustable and versatile which make them perfect for all ability levels.
Weighted Vest Equipment

Additional Garage Gym Equipment ideas:

  • Punching bag
  • Power Rack / Squat Rack
  • Weighted Vest
  • Treadmill
  • Rowing Machine
  • Bike
  • Small fridge for waters
  • Dry Erase Board for notes

A Space Just for You

Once your DIY garage gym is set up, you are sure to be the envy of all of your neighbors.

Now all that is left to do is get started on your training goals, at home! Set a schedule for your home gym workouts and stick to it. The trick to seeing results is to remain consistent.

You may not be able to designate your entire garage to your gym, but that's ok! You work with what you've got and when the weather is good, simply roll open your garage door and take your workout, outside!

Be sure to search for more garage gym ideas and get started today!