The current weather is not conducive to a long run or bike ride so what can you do if you are in training for a triathlon, ironman or other big race? The answer is to create your very own indoor training space so you can just pop next door to get that workout session in. By far, the best space available in our homes is the garage as it can be turned into a dedicated space without upsetting other members of the house.
There will be up front costs to get your garage ready but there are so many benefits to transforming the space such as, saving money on a monthly gym membership and personalising the space to your requirements, that we think these definitely outweigh the initial spend. No more driving to the gym, no more excuses not to go out for that ride or run, the time has come to focus on beating your personal bests and get the edge on race day.
So here are some ideas to help you transform your space:
Get your equipment sorted
There are plenty of articles out there about what you need depending on your training needs so we won’t go into this in detail. It is safe to say that a bike trainer and treadmill are required along with perhaps weights, a mat for warm up and cool down and a television to take your mind off the pain!
Clear the clutter and free up your floor space
No-one can train properly if they are bumping their knees on the wall whilst they cycle so clearing the floor space for your equipment and having space around them is really important! Decluttering can help, adding in storage options can also reduce how much is on the floor but to create the best space, try moving anything not associated with your training out of the garage. Of course that may be difficult so perhaps creating a training zone in one area might be the answer.
The right floor
You might decide to settle for just a bike mat over your current floor but adding in a proper flooring can make a world of difference to the aesthetics of your garage and potentially your performance. We recommend our PVC Floor Tiles over our Resin Floor as these are more suited to a training environment. In fact we’ve installed lots of garages with these tiles whose owners want to use the space for a gym or training space. Find out more about our tiles here.
Training is hot and sweaty work, make sure you have adequate ventilation in your garage or invest in some good fans to keep you cool.
Adding in a TV or sound system may help take your mind off of the pain so ensure you install something to keep your mind distracted. Depending on how serious you are about your sport, you might also want to hook up a laptop with specialist technology to monitor your performance.
Personalise your space
By this we don’t just mean colour and adding posters to the walls, make sure the space has everything you need whilst you are training. Do you have a basket to keep your accessories in, can everything be accessed easily and do you have somewhere close by to keep your towel? Installing useful hooks, racks, baskets and shelves can keep everything close to hand AND help keep it clutter free.
We also have bike storage racks to keep those not in use out of the way, take a look here…
We have a whole range of items to keep it all clean and tidy and would love to discuss how we can help you transform your space!
Perhaps you might now to look at our Garage Gym page for more inspiration, click here to visit.