When picking garage plans for a new detached garage, consider getting one with a second story. The options for the second story are endless. Some people turn it into an apartment and rent it out for some extra money. Others turn it into a studio focused around their passion, such as painting or photography. Another option is to turn the space into an at-home gym. Here are some ways to transform a second story garage into a gym.

Add Pieces of Exercise Equipment to the Garage Plans

The first step to creating a gym in the second story space of a garage is to consider what pieces of exercise equipment are important to you. Focus on machines that you frequent at your gym and that you know you would get a lot of use out of. Whether this is a treadmill, elliptical, or stationary bike, choose at least one piece of exercise equipment to add to the space. If you have the funds, add several pieces to ensure a variety of workouts.

Invest in Weights

A great addition to an at-home gym is a set of dumbbells. Purchase dumbbells in a variety of different weights and then invest in a rack to hold them. Another option is to add weight machines to the gym. These are machines that target different areas of the body like the legs, arms, or shoulders. Weights are an important part of a gym and can be used for many different types of workouts. [When planning to use weights it is recommended to talk to builder about reinforcing area of the floor where heavy weights will be located. Often it’s a simple matter of doubling floor joists and adding blocking to spread out load to several other joists.]

Create a Stretching Area

The third thing to add to your garage gym is a stretching area. This area should include mats and anything else you need for stretching, like bands or stability balls. The area can also be used for post-workout stretches or for activities such as yoga or Pilates.

Fit a TV into the Garage Plans

Most gyms have televisions located throughout. This gives people working out a chance to get caught up on the news or their favorite show to pass the time. Invest in a TV for your second story garage gym space to make exercising more enjoyable.

One of the best parts about using the second story garage space as a gym is that you get to save money on a gym membership. All the workout equipment and space you need to exercise are above the garage. This is the perfect arrangement for the active homeowner who enjoys staying physically fit. Explore the second story garage plans from Behm Design to pick the one that suits your needs. Plan how you want to set up workout equipment. Contact Behm Design today for more information about the second story garage.