The best garden gyms to seriously upgrade your home-workout routine

Jane McGuire
·3-min read

From Runner's World

So you're thinking of investing in a treadmill and hand weights to run and strength- train from home – but where do you put all your gym kit? If you're lucky enough to live in a home with a garden, a gym garden pod could be exactly what you're looking for – it's a dedicated space where you can leave the treadmill unfolded and your yoga mat unrolled and ready to go.

If you're thinking of making the investment, we've hand-picked some of the best garden gyms on the market to help you upgrade your gym-game.

What to look for in a garden gym shed:

  • Waterproof roofing: You don't want to invest in a treadmill for it to be ruined as soon as it rains. Ensure you look for a shed that is fully waterproof.

  • Lockable doors: Again, if the shed is going to house expensive equipment, it's worth investing in one that has lockable doors to ensure everything stays safe.

  • Installation: As well as building the shed, if you are planning on using a treadmill in the gym, you'll probably need to hire an electrician to get electricity into the pod. It's a good idea to budget for this before investing.

  • The height of the gym: Treadmills and cross trainers can elevate runners, so make sure there's enough space above you to comfortably exercise. The permitted development height of a garden room is 2.5m, however, there are no height restrictions or planning permission requirements if you simply build more than 2m from the property's boundary.

  • Natural light: Most people opting to add a room to their garden prefer to have as much natural light as possible, but it's a good idea to think about how much neighbours can see into the room and whether or not this would bother you.

  • Flooring: Depending on what exercise you plan on doing in the gym, you might need to invest in rubber, padded flooring.

  • The base: Most of the sheds on this list will need to be installed onto a sold, level surface, such as poured concrete.

The best garden gym sheds on the market 2021:

We've hand-picked some of the best garden gym sheds on the market here.

1.Forest Harwood 3m x 2m Log Cabin

At just 3 metres by 2 metres, this is a good choice for a smaller garden. There's a key operated lock and the shed has a tear-resistant polyester backed roof felt to keep things waterproof.

2. Crane Garden Building

Available in five different shades to suit every colour scheme. It's fully insulated and lined and is double glazed throughout. It's also under 2.5m to meet modern planning permission restrictions.

3. Shire Miami gym

This shed is supplied unpainted and unfurnished and the decking isn't included, so you might need to invest in a few extras. It's under 2.5m to meet planning permission restrictions and it's more affordable than some of the others on this list.

4. Mercia Premium Garden Room

This is a smaller room perfect for more compact gardens. It might not be big enough for a huge amount of equipment, but it does come with tongue and groove flooring and roofing as well as styrene glazed windows. It can be assembled with two people without any professional help needed.

5. Palmako Ines 4.2m x 3.3m Log Cabin

This log cabin has large, bi-folding doors allowing you to fully open the cabin up. There's a five-year manufacturer guarantee and the double-glazed doors keep the weather out. It is larger than 2.5m, so you will need to make sure this far enough away from the house to pass regulations.

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