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I work from home as a freelancer and because my schedule is more flexible than Paula’s I also take on most of the responsibilities in regards to the kids from helping them with their homework and taking them to after school activities, to cooking them breakfast and making their lunch boxes. Sometimes I just don’t have the time to drive to the gym so slowly I have been acquiring my own equipment. Now that I have a few machines it was time to give them all a permanent space so I decided to take back the garage and turn into our own personal gym.
5 easy steps for turning your garage into a gym.
- Clear out your junk. Garages tend to be the place where everything ends up. Throw out, repurpose and give away anything that you have not used in the last year. You can even make some money by selling things you don’t use anymore.
- Maximize space. The space in my garage is very limited so fitting everything in there was the biggest challenge. I started making a floor plan to figure out where to put the machines and made sure to maximize the wall space. I found the Rubbermaid® FastTrack® Garage Organization System which sells at The Home Depot to be the ideal solution when it comes to vertical storage as it stores 10x more by using the space between studs, it can be easily installed in just minutes to install and also very versatile. The FastTrack® Garage Organization System has 1″ spacing between holes for easy installation and works with standard 16″ or 24″ stud spacing. It’s heavy steel construction makes it extremely durable and because it holds up to 1,750 lbs it can hold lot’s of equipment. You can add a wide range of accessories easily to put everything you need and can change it around anytime.
- Focus on machines and equipment you will get the most use out of. When it comes to workout equipment stick to the machines you already use at the gym instead of trying something new just because the ad makes it sound amazing. Make sure you have equipment for both cardio and resistance training. In my case because I do crossfit so I have a lot of crossfit equipment.
- Make the space comfortable and appealing. For me the most important thing when I work out is to have great music so I have a good set of speakers so that I can workout to the beat of my favorite tunes. You want a space that is functional but making it clean and visually appealing also goes a long way to motivate your workout. I really like that the FastTrack® Garage Organization System has a very clean and elegant look.
- Take the weather into account. We live in Florida and our garage does not have air conditioning so buying an a portable air conditioner and a fan was necessary. If you live in a place with cold winters you will need to take that into account so that you can use your gym year around.
When everything was done I could not believe how spacious my gym feels even though I have quite a few machines including an air fan bike, a rowing machine, a squad rack and gymnastic rings. On the FastTrack® Garage Organization System I was able to place a lot of my gear including a mobility bar, a 45lb weight lifting bar, weight lifting belt, dip belt, wrist straps, lock-jaw collars, spring collars, climbing Rope and gymnastic grips.
Tips for installing the FastTrack® Garage Organization System
Measure your space. Decide where you will be installing the FastTrack® Garage Organization System and measure that space so you know what fits in that space.
Take into account what equipment you will want on your wall so that you can plan the installation around that. Always leave some space for expansion as you may want to install more accessories or even more rails once you acquire more equipment.
Make a plan. It does not matter if you are good at drawing up plans or not, making a simple drawing somewhat in scale will help you to figure out how to maximize the space and make sure you have a place for everything. Don’t worry if you don’t get it right the first time, the great thing about doing this on paper is that you can change it around until you find the configuration that works the best for you. Since the FastTrack® Garage Organization System is very versatile you can move and change the accessories very easily.
Start off with your rails. The FastTrack® Garage Hang Rails the backbone of the FastTrack® Garage Organization System, FastTrack rails are quick and easy to install. The heavy steel construction provides extra durability, and each rail holds up to 1,750 lbs.
Install in just minutes. All you need to install the FastRack® Rails into your wall is a drill, a level and the FastTrack® Garage Hardware Pack. The heavy-duty screws will allow for a quick and easy installation and the Hardware Pack matches the color of the FastTrack® system for a consistent and clean look. Use one pack to mount a 48″ FastTrack® Rail and two packs to mount an 84″ FastTrack® Rail. After installing the heavy steel rail you just slip on the cover giving it a clean, finished look.
Choose your accessories. There is a great variety of accessories which easily attach to the rail. You just slide them, no need for screws and you can move them around to create a customized garage storage system that can change as your get more equipment so everything is easy to move around.
The FastTrack® Garage Organization System is available at The Home Depot and I really liked the great service every time I go; there is always someone ready to help you out and answer any questions you might have.
Thanks to the FastTrack® Garage Organization System I was able to turn my garage into a gym in just a few hours and now I have a place to work out right at home. Creating a gym at home can save you lots of money on gym memberships but most importantly it makes it easier to workout because you take advantage of you time better since you don’t have to drive anywhere and there is no excuse for not going to the gym if the weather is bad. Maybe I will even get Paula to workout with me once in a while, after all these years I am still hoping.