How To Setup A Workout Shed In Your Backyard?

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How To Setup A Workout Shed In Your Backyard?

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by Olesia Chikunova, ADU Specialist.

Every once in a while, you just need to get away. Get out of the house and find some peace and quiet. And what better way to do that than by setting up a workout shed in your backyard? No distractions of a public gym. It’s the perfect place to escape for some solitude, and it can also help you stay in shape. But how do you go about setting one up?

Equipment for a good workout

What Are The Benefits Of Having A Backyard Workout Shed?

There are many benefits of having a backyard workout shed, including:

  1. You can customize your workout space to fit your specific needs.
  2. Having a shed gives you a dedicated space for working out, an easy way to stay motivated and focused on your fitness goals.
  3. A backyard shed gym can help you save money on gym membership or personal training sessions.
  4. You can use your backyard gym shed to store workout equipment and gear, so it’s always ready and available when you need it.
  5. Having a permitted home gym shed can increase the value of your home property.
  6. A workout shed can provide a place to entertain guests or double up as a local gym to host fitness classes and events.
  7. You’ll have more privacy when working out in your shed, which can be especially beneficial if you’re self-conscious about your fitness level or appearance.
  8. Sheds are typically more weather-resistant than working out outdoors, so you can use your shed year-round, regardless of the weather conditions.
  9. Backyard workout sheds are relatively easy to have built and maintain, so you can get started on your fitness journey right away.
  10. There’s a shed design and style to suit every taste, so you can find one that perfectly complements your home and backyard.
Young man stretching in workout shed

If you’re considering adding a backyard workout shed to your home, there are many things to consider, including cost, size, and features. With so many benefits, it’s easy to see why sheds have become such a popular choice for those looking for a convenient, consistent and affordable way to get fit.


How Much Does A Backyard Workout Shed Cost?


A good quality insulated backyard workout shed can be a great way to get in shape, save money on gym fees, and have some fun in the sun. But before you start construction, it’s important to consider the cost of materials, labor, maintenance and taxes.


The average backyard workout shed costs between $30,000 and $50,000 to install. 


You may have been misled by some advertising that forgets to mention foundation, windows, insulation and connection to power. Say, you buy a structure on Amazon.

It may be priced at $12,000. But read the fine print. It may say THIS IS NOT A COMPLETE HOUSE. YOU ARE BUYING A FRAMING KIT ONLY. STAMPED DRAWINGS ARE NOT INCLUDED AND MAY BE PRODUCED AT ADDITIONAL COST. Even floor may not be included. Forget insulation or energy efficient windows.

You will need to add costs of permits (your workout shed is likely bigger than 100 SF and needs electrical wiring for light at least). Foundation is another big line item to consider that can set you back $7,000-11,000. Plus costs for an electrician to come out and hook the shed up. Good $4,000 more in current Bay Area prices. And that is if you have enough space on your current electrical panel. Updating the panel will add $5,000 to the bill.


How To Choose The Best Location For Your Backyard Workout Shed?

If you’re planning on setting up your own personal gym, there are a few things you’ll need to take into account to ensure you choose the best possible location.


First, you’ll want to make sure the shed is in close proximity to your house so you can easily get to it when you’re ready to work out. No excuses.


Second, you’ll want to pick a spot that’s relatively level so you don’t have to worry about grading and ensure that you have a flat surface.


Third, you have to make sure that you are not placing a new structure in an easement that forbids any structures. There are different easements, some allow accessory structure under certain height, some – do not. Easements differ – some can be mere 5 feet, others can go up to 15 feet. Important piece of information before you start building.


Finally, you’ll want to choose a location that gets plenty of sunlight so you can take advantage of natural light during your workout routines.


Ultimately, the best location for your garden gym shed will be determined by your property boundaries, your specific needs and preferences. However, following these guidelines will help ensure that you choose a spot that’s ideal for your purposes.

Heavy weights on a floor of a workout shed

Foundation For a Good Workout Shed

Although you might not think of it as home gym requirement, one of the most important things you’ll need for your backyard workout shed is a good foundation. Pun intended. Imagine dropping those babies on the wooden frame floor?


Without a solid foundation, your shed could easily be swept away by strong winds to the country of Oz. Flooding is another concern to avoid. The most popular foundation for workout sheds is a concrete slab. It’s a good idea for both heavy weights and a yoga studio.

In addition, a foundation will help to keep your shed level and prevent it from shifting over time. Once you’ve got a solid foundation in place, you can start thinking about the type of equipment like a yoga mat or weight plates you’ll need to fill your shed.


As for shed floors, opt for polished concrete floor, heavy-duty rubber floor tiles or rubber mats.


Think ahead about the ceiling height. It is easier to permit structures that are 8 feet tall, but if you are planning to use a jump rope you might need to run some calculations before you commit to a certain design. Consider carefully your exercise routine. You have all the cards to customize your own shed home gym.


Will you have enough square feet of space for you gym equipment? If you’re planning on using your own home gym for weightlifting, you’ll need a stable bench and some dumbbells or barbells. If you have plenty of room, you might want to consider adding a treadmill, an elliptical machine, an exercise bike or a rowing machine. If you have limited space, you may want to add extra windows.


Figure out what items you need to store and where they will go. If you have some foldable equipment or seasonal equipment, you may want to consider built-in storage options. And if you’re simply looking for a place to store your hand weights and resistance bands, a few shelves should suffice.


Ventilation is another item on your list. You may opt for an energy recovery ventilator (ERV) or a full scale air conditioning ( in full disclosure, the cities frown on this – too close to becoming a dwelling unit for their comfort).


No matter what your plans are for your own gym, be sure to take the time to plan ahead and choose the right foundation, lighting, storage and equipment for your needs.

Once you have a clear idea of how you want to use the shed, start planning your decor and organization.


Workout shed and home office combo

How To Decorate And Organize Your Workout Shed?

A backyard workout shed can be a great addition to any home. It provides a space to store equipment, it can also be used as a place to work out or take classes. In a bind, it could double up as a home office.


When decorating and organizing your shed, there are a few things to keep in mind.


First, safety. Consider what type of activities you want to use the shed for. If you plan on working out, make sure there is plenty of space for exercise equipment and enough space to move around it.


If you want to occasionally use the shed as a meeting spot, create an inviting small space with comfortable seating and good lighting. Double doors for entry are a great idea – both for indoor-outdoor flow and for moving the equipment in and out. Consider installing a sound system – strength training is a perfect time to enjoy your favorite music.


Finally, add personal touches to make the new shed your own. Hang artwork on the walls, add rugs or carpets and incorporate plants or signs that reflect your personality. With a little bit of effort, you can transform your backyard workout shed into a stylish and functional space.


With proper care, your backyard workout shed will provide years of enjoyment – and a great way to stay fit.


Father and son in a workout shed
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