how to build a garden gym

How to Build a Garden Gym

Could it be time that you thought about building a garden gym?

Do you dread having to commute to the gym, working out during peak times or having to wait your turn before you can use your favourite equipment? We’ve all been there, but sometimes it can reach a point where you lack the motivation to go in the first place.

These are some of the many reasons why residential home gyms have been taking off in popularity. The convenience of having all the equipment you need for an effective workout without having to leave your home is a big motive, especially in a time when far more of us are working from home in the first place.

But this doesn’t mean residential gyms are for everyone. Not everyone has the space to install a gym, especially if you’ve only recently transformed that unused spare bedroom into a home office that you spend most of your working week in. But who says your home gym needs to be inside in the first place?

According to the office for national statistics, 7 out of 8 households have gardens- if you’re lucky enough to have private outdoor space, a garden gym could make the perfect addition.


What is a garden gym?

Garden gyms come in all different shapes and sizes. They include outdoor open-air spaces, or alternatively, if budget isn’t a problem, there are options to build a small indoor gym that sits in your garden.

For the purpose of this article, we’ll be focusing on how to build an outdoor garden gym that suits you.


What are the benefits of training in a garden gym?

There are a whole bunch of reasons why you could benefit from creating a garden gym, including:

  • No gym memberships fees
  • Lower your carbon footprint with less commuting
  • Mental health benefits of spending more time outdoors
  • It’s easy to fit in your workouts around a busy schedule
  • A great option for remote workers
  • You don’t have to work out alone- train with friends!

If you can relate, then perhaps a commercial gym isn’t the best place for you to train. However, it’s important to make sure you’ve got everything in place to get the same fitness benefits that you would from going to a commercial gym.


What to consider?

  • Flooring/platform for uneven surfaces
  • Weather-resistant materials
  • Multiuse rigs
  • Accessories like plates, weights, kettlebells and dumbells
  • Workout attire (remember to wear your SPF!)


Weather-resistant equipment

In the UK, we get an average of 133 days of rain a year, along with fluctuating temperatures and somewhat unpredictable seasons.

This means that, before you commit to embracing the great outdoors, you’ll need to make sure your equipment can hold its own against the elements.

If your gym is unsheltered, it’s best to avoid and upholstery and stick to steel. A galvanised coating will ensure any equipment you’re using is durable and prevents rusting.

At Anvil, we offer a range of equipment customisation. If you’re looking for galvanised equipment, check out our custom design service.


Flooring and platforms

The last thing you want from working out in your garden gym is an injury caused by uneven surfaces.

If your garden is on a slant or has uneven ground, building a platformed area with the appropriate surface and drainage is the way to go.

Rubber surfaces are a great choice if you’re planning on lifting and doing other high-intensity work, as it protects your equipment from damage and reduces the impact on your joints.

However, if your gym is outside in the elements, investing in quality materials that last is a must- which is why we always recommend opting for custom flooring.


Multiuse rigs

So, what is the best choice of equipment for your garden gym? If upholstery is out and galvanised metal frames are in, multiuse rigs are a great addition.

The beauty of having a rig with your choice of add on features is that there are no limitations to what you can get when you choose the right manufacturer.

From monkey bars and punch bags to pull up bars and climbing ropes, your choice of additional features will see you benefit from a truly versatile workout.

Custom rigs like this also mean that you can maximise space. If you have a smaller garden, you can always build upwards with a range of options.


Custom design and colours

Having a garden gym doesn’t mean it has to stand out. If you want a gym that blends into its environment, you can opt for a more subtle design.

Wall-mounted options like the Folding Rack are great low impact options. When not in use, you can even fold the rack flat against the wall so that it’s out of sight.

For bigger pieces of gym equipment, a custom colour can help to camouflage your garden gym so that it blends in better into its surroundings.


Garden gym accessories

Once you’ve decided on what you want as the main feature of your garden gym build, it’s time to look at what accessories to include.

You might not store them outside, but kettlebells, barbells and plates all make important additions to your workout routine, so choosing the right ones is just as important as choosing the right rig.

If you’re not sure what you should be looking for, check out our easy guide to help you decide which options are right for you.



So there you have it! Building a great garden gym doesn’t need to be complicated. When you invest smartly in a few core pieces of high-quality equipment, you’ll have a gym that you can enjoy year-round and that will last for decades to come.

At Anvil, we provide custom gym design with a whole range of options to suit your requirements. If you’d like to find out more about how we can help you build the gym of your dreams, get in touch for a design consultation.


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