Log Cabin Gym: Creating a Garden Gym in Your Log Cabin

It’s now possible to use your garden space for much more than merely growing things. You can turn it into an exercise playground – and to achieve this, you have two options: 1.) set up an open training area and be outside, 2.) keep your workout regimen private in a garden room, e.g. a log cabin.

Although it’s lovely to move your body outdoors on a 20°C sunny day, it can be challenging when the mercury drops. Going for the #2 option, however, still lets you be out, except you’re in an exclusive room – protected from the elements. Enter the garden gym cabin.

Here’s how easy it is to create a relaxed, bespoke workout chamber in the comfort of your outdoor space.

Bespoke Garden Gyms

BillyOh Winchester Log Cabin
BillyOh Winchester Log Cabin

A bespoke garden room offers an efficient way to create a personal gym space. The best part is it can be tailored exactly to your needs! Paired with the right exercise equipment, you can ensure it meets all your fitness goals.

Log cabins UK make the perfect solution to carry out this project. You can invest in a ready-made unit from stores like Garden Buildings Direct. Or, build one yourself from scratch using this guide to how to build a log cabin.

If you have the budget and want to save time, purchasing online or in-store is your best bet. Going for this approach, though, requires careful planning and attention to detail. Either way, you’ll enjoy loads of perks in the long run!

The benefits

There are a number of other fantastic advantages to a garden gym in your log cabin, including:

  • No commute. Arguably the best thing about owning a home gym is that you’re only a very short walk away from it. You can simply stroll from your house to your insulated garden room at any time. Having a no-hassle commute will save you a huge amount of time in the long run.
  • Make your own rules. Your gym, your rules! Blast out your go-to workout playlist and arrange equipment however you wish. Now that you have your own space, you have the freedom to do whatever you want.
  • You can take your time. You don’t have to wake up early or turn up late to get first dibs on the most popular pieces of equipment. There’s no need to rush; move at your own pace and take your time to finish your workout properly.
  • Privacy. You also don’t have to worry about being judged or feeling intimidated. Spend as little or long in your gym as you wish and play with different equipment as casually as you please.

Creating an Outdoor Garden Gym Using Wooden Cabins

Not only will you have a private space to work out, but you’ll also have a functional addition to your property! Here’s how to create a garden gym building using a log cabin:

1. Decide on your log cabin size

BillyOh Studi Insulated Garden Room
BillyOh Studi Insulated Garden Room

As for the size of your garden fitness room, a spacious unit will provide more equipment options. If circumstances don’t allow it, however, you’ll need at least a 3mx3m-size building. This should grant you enough space to move around while working out.

To find the perfect cabin fit, measure the available space in your garden space. This will help you determine how much you can allot to the structure. In terms of the internal ceiling height, consider the type of exercises you plan to do, as well as the equipment.

The size and style of your garden gym building will also depend on your budget. You can choose from a traditional unit, one with log cabin treatment or an insulated shed. To help you find a suitable garden room, browse our log cabins for sale.

Top tip: For an existing garden room, aim to work with what you already have. If you have a small space, opt for space-saving gym essentials, such as a folding treadmill and yoga mats.

2. Consider the location

You’ll want to select an area that is level and has good drainage. Plus, somewhere that’s accessible but won’t interfere with your other garden agendas.

Also, consider the amount of sunlight the area receives throughout the day. You’ll want to maximise natural light to make the space feel bright and open.

3. Set up safe and sturdy flooring

To cater various physical activities, make sure to install sturdy wood flooring. Deciding on your gym floor setup will also depend on the type of fitness equipment you’ll be using.

An easy to clean design, like a rubber matting, is also a smart choice. It’s the most durable material, easy to clean, easy to install, and protects your floors. You can use it with barbells, free weights, conditioning equipment, and more.

Our range of log cabins come with optional T&G and Durellis solid sheet flooring ideal for garden gym setup!

4. Insulate and ventilate

BillyOh Cove Multiroom Log Cabin
BillyOh Cove Multiroom Log Cabin

For year-round use, consider insulating and ventilating your cabin garden room. Enormous windows that can let air in during the summer is an easy ventilation technique. Double-glazed will also keep the structure warm during the colder months.

When it comes to insulation, you can either invest in an insulated garden building or do it yourself. You can use rock wool or other sturdy insulators for this exact purpose. For reference, read this guide on how to insulate a shed next!

Top tip: It’s always best to have an extractor fan and extra air vents to let warm, moist out of the building.

5. Clear out the space, add more storage

If you’ve been using your cabin for years, it’s time to clear it out and get rid of any unnecessary items. Put all the stuff in a box or any other storage space, and stash them elsewhere. The more floor space you can clear, the better.

Remember, you’re using the space as a garden fitness room, not a secret storage, and you’ll want all the space you can use in your new home gym.

6. Choose your equipment

Gym equipment on floor

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You’ll want to select equipment that’s durable and can withstand the elements. Also, consider the space available, fitness needs and budget.

Consider adding a weight bench, dumbbells, a treadmill, and a yoga mat. For cardio sessions, you can add a jumping rope and a stepping box, and an elliptical trainer. You can also add mirrors to the walls to make the space feel larger and to check your form while working out.

Top tip: If you’re a beginner, it’s important to use various weight increases, slowly adding on to the amount you lift. This will help support a natural strength progression.

7. Decorate and work it out

Home gym setup

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Once the setup is complete, it’s time to create the perfect gym design and environment. Add motivational posters or artwork to the walls. You can also add plants to the space to make it feel more inviting.

For your finishing touches, you can add window blinds for more privacy, and a great music system. Setting up benches and squat racks will also be a great idea for extra seating and storage.

When it comes to the external look, you can spruce it up with paint and other forms of decoration. This may include a bistro set right next to the front door for a relaxation experience after working out.

8. Secure with shed security locks

BillyOh Deluxe Padlock and Hasp
BillyOh Deluxe Padlock and Hasp

Lastly, with all the equipment and furniture you have installed in your cabin gym, you’ll need to keep it secure. If you have windows and doors, install a strong padlock hasp on all of them.

You may also consider installing additional security systems, like alarms and CCTVs. These can alert you and the authorities in case of a break-in.

Trimming trees and bushes around the cabin can also take out hiding spots for intruders. By taking these steps, you can help ensure the safety and security of your log cabin.


Creating a log cabin gym is a great way to have a private and beautiful space to work out. By following these steps, you can create a space that is perfect for your fitness needs!

We offer a great selection of outdoor structures that extend beyond garden cabins. Explore our range of storage buildings for efficient storage solutions. Discover our inviting summer houses, perfect for leisure and relaxation.

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