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ShaunbIconHome Gym - in a shed14-09-2015 @ 16:04 
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Hello,

Looking at ideas for making a home gym, i dont have a garage at the present location... and wondering if anyone has had success building a shed home gym?

any ideas / info would be great.

thanks
kirkynickIcon...14-09-2015 @ 16:22 
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This is a site of shed dwellers, so you should get quite a few repliesGrin
b15ape1Icon...14-09-2015 @ 16:36 
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I have a gym/shed at the end of the garden, I laid a concrete pad approx 5mx5m and built timber studding and cladded it in the timber from pallets(which is tanalised).
Now at the time I was working on new build sites and got most of the materials for free but its the best thing I ever did...It's buying the gym equipment that gets expensive but bide your time and some good deals are always out there!! Wink
peanutsIcon...14-09-2015 @ 19:11 
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Just moved home and now my gym is all set up in the garage.in my previous home I had a shed for my gym I must say it was a great place to train.I first wanted a power rack as my staple piece of equipment so I measured the max height and made sure I ordered a shed that would accommodate this.then just got myself 300 kg of Olympic plates and a bar off eBay along with a decent bar and bench and hey presto job done
peanutsIcon...14-09-2015 @ 19:18 
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One more tip I laid thick chipboard on the floor and it stood up to 300kg deadlifts no probs
ShaunbIcon...14-09-2015 @ 19:31 
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Good tips so far. How was it in the colder months? did anyone try insulate with anything?
peanutsIcon...14-09-2015 @ 19:43 
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I got a cheap plug in heater from argos I think it was,put that on ten minutes before I started training.perfect.....that brings me to another tip I'd definitely get electric run up to it,for lighting,stereo and heater etc
Luke82Icon...15-09-2015 @ 10:17 
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I used to have a garage from the council and they kept jacking the price up so I moved my gear into a shed. It's the future.

I also set a concrete base in my garden, but put a ready made shed on it, 10' x 8'. It's very doable but there are a few things to consider;

1. Overhead work: a shed high enough to safely do overhead work in would likely throw a permanent eclipse in your neighbours garden, so, like me, you may have to do seated overhead stuff from autumn to spring.

2. Ventilation: I had a big problem with mould until a storm blew a window out, which I've now left out and not had problems since. Except that my cat uses it as a sleeping / murdering area and I quite often have to remove dead mice and pigeon heads from my lifting zone.

3. Water ingress: a lot of prefab sheds assume you'll be installing the included wooden floor, but it won't suit most lifters as the first three plate deadlift will plow straight through it. If you're gonna plonk a shed straight on a concrete base you'll need to seal the bottom of the shed with some expanding foam. Trust me, no matter how level you think your base is, rain water will get in and pool.

4. Getting a rack in: like peanuts I made sure I could fit my rack in the shed first (I used trigonometry and eveything, so it is useful in real life!) but didnt account for the internal support beams, so had to take the top off my rack to squeeze it in, then get some metal bracers made from a local metal workers, which were only about 20 from memory.

Have you got the weights etc. already it do you have to get everything from scratch?
ShaunbIcon...23-09-2015 @ 15:31 
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Luke82 said:I used to have a garage from the council and they kept jacking the price up so I moved my gear into a shed. It's the future.

I also set a concrete base in my garden, but put a ready made shed on it, 10' x 8'. It's very doable but there are a few things to consider;

1. Overhead work: a shed high enough to safely do overhead work in would likely throw a permanent eclipse in your neighbours garden, so, like me, you may have to do seated overhead stuff from autumn to spring.

2. Ventilation: I had a big problem with mould until a storm blew a window out, which I've now left out and not had problems since. Except that my cat uses it as a sleeping / murdering area and I quite often have to remove dead mice and pigeon heads from my lifting zone.

3. Water ingress: a lot of prefab sheds assume you'll be installing the included wooden floor, but it won't suit most lifters as the first three plate deadlift will plow straight through it. If you're gonna plonk a shed straight on a concrete base you'll need to seal the bottom of the shed with some expanding foam. Trust me, no matter how level you think your base is, rain water will get in and pool.

4. Getting a rack in: like peanuts I made sure I could fit my rack in the shed first (I used trigonometry and eveything, so it is useful in real life!) but didnt account for the internal support beams, so had to take the top off my rack to squeeze it in, then get some metal bracers made from a local metal workers, which were only about 20 from memory.

Have you got the weights etc. already it do you have to get everything from scratch?


Very useful information there Luke, appreciate it.
The reality of a home shed is becoming more likely. in terms of a ready made 10x8 shed i am finding they might not be tall enough? looking at the strength shop rack its about 2150mm tall. Cant seem to find sheds as tall?? maybe i could go for the squat rack instead.

what do you do around pull ups / chins in a 10x8 shed? can you do them?
little_aIcon...23-09-2015 @ 16:17 
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Shaunb said:
what do you do around pull ups / chins in a 10x8 shed? can you do them?


If this is important to you to may need to get one made bespoke. Easy enough, but you pay bespoke prices. I had mine made to measure and it's about 7' x 20' and sloped 8-7' high. The panels have a 4" void which I insulated then covered in wood cladding giving it a Scandinavian porn sauna feel. I didn't have a fitted floor for reasons mentioned above. I made a frame for the outside of the workshop to sit on from railway sleepers and filled it in with concrete. Rubber stable matting seals the deal. Also had to have a frame bolted to my house as support (it's obviously a lean to). I probably wouldn't do much if I didn't have it due to travelling and traffic sucking fart. As it is I do have it so do something most nights. My advice would be to invest well. Cutting corners is a false economy, but ultimately it all depends on what you plan to do in it.
lukiIcon...23-09-2015 @ 16:49 
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Post Edited: 23.09.2015 @ 16:52 PM by luki
One other thing to factor in is storage. If you can get an upright weights tree that holds bars too you will have a lot more space to exercise in. I'd mine on the floor leaning for a few weeks. Not good. Got a secondhand one like this for 25 quid and it made life a lot easier. 6 bar spots would be better if you plan on getting a log, axel, oly dumbells and bar.

http://www.thegymrevolution.co.uk/index.php/bars-weights/stora...
Luke82Icon...23-09-2015 @ 21:14 
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Shaunb said:
Very useful information there Luke, appreciate it.
The reality of a home shed is becoming more likely. in terms of a ready made 10x8 shed i am finding they might not be tall enough? looking at the strength shop rack its about 2150mm tall. Cant seem to find sheds as tall?? maybe i could go for the squat rack instead.
what do you do around pull ups / chins in a 10x8 shed? can you do them?


I raised my shed on some timber around the base which worked well, a slight step over it into the shed but no dramas. Alas, like I said, my measurements failed to take into account the internal roof supports so I was unable to fit my power rack in as was, so took the top off of it and had the four uprights braced with some metal strips. It's perfectly safe, will try and get some photos if it would help. If it were me, I would do that before I got an open squat rack because of the safety factor when training alone.

Chins and dips are done on a separate dip / chin tower outside. Only in summer at the mo as don't want to track mud all through the shed by going in and out. I wish I had extended the base out another four or so feet and had a concrete area for overhead work, so that may be something worth considering.

I second the weight tree idea as well, I don't own enough bars to warrant the bar storage but sounds good too, it will keep it so much more organised.
ShaunbIcon...28-09-2015 @ 10:20 
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Photos would be great luke, would appreciate that.

currently looking at the measurements of the power cage from strength shop.
1690x1450x2150mm

Cant seem to find a shed that is tall enough?
Luke82Icon...28-09-2015 @ 15:05 
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Rack squeezed within the roof supports

http://s19.postimg.org/sgox52izz/image.jpg

Rack supports I had made

http://s19.postimg.org/6isgba3zj/image.jpg

Overall set up

http://s19.postimg.org/5ujlsc59r/image.jpg
Luke82Icon...28-09-2015 @ 15:15 
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It worked! First time I managed I get a picture on here successfully ha ha. Hope the phots help.

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