How to Make a Gym Shed

If you’ve been thinking about adding your own, personal gym to your garden – then you’re not alone.

A gym shed is a great way to add a convenient space you can exercise and work out in your garden. You can save time and money by adding a personalised gym to your garden.

But building and designing your own shed gym isn’t as easy as you might think. There are lots of factors to consider, from choosing the right shed to fitting it out correctly. But we’re here to give you a helping hand in getting your very own garden shed gym up and running.

So for great advice and useful tips, scroll down and read all about making your own shed gym!

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Why Make a Garden Gym Shed?


Getting a gym in your garden is a great way to improve your fitness while saving time and money in the long run. While the initial cost may be unattractive, if you intend on using your gym shed you’ll find that this cost is well worth the gains (no pun intended)!

Having a home gym has many personal benefits beyond the financial side, too. You’ll get extra privacy, more freedom with the equipment, and the gym will be just outdoors whenever you want to work out. Having a gym literally within your doorstep also means you’re more likely to exercise. In fact, a study found that people with a home exercise machine were 73% more likely to start exercising!

It’s also a great way to make use of any vacant outdoor space. When you look at it that way, the choice is a natural one!


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Picking the Right Shed

The first thing you’ll need when making a shed gym is the shed itself!

While you don’t need a specialised model, not every shed design can support a gym. You’ll need to pick one that has enough space, headroom, safety, and strength to support a home gym.

But you don’t have to go it alone! We’ve got a number of recommendations for features and models that will make perfect gym sheds.

Space & headroom

It’s important to have a shed that has enough space to fit your gym in. You’ll need enough floor space to be able to fit in all the equipment you want, do exercises unimpeded, and move around comfortably.

Limiting yourself on space could mean that you can’t do exercises properly, and there is a risk you could damage yourself, the equipment, or the shed. That’s why it’s very important to choose a shed with lots of space.


The interior of a BillyOh Expert Tongue and Groove Reverse Apex Workshop
You’ll need a shed with lots of interior space


The same reasoning applies to making sure you have a shed with enough headroom. Having a shed roof with a low ceiling height could mean that you can’t even fit in certain pieces of equipment, or might even stop you from being able to stand up straight!

Picking a shed with enough headroom means choosing the right type of roof. A pent roof, for example, slopes down towards one side and limits your headroom. But an apex roof, with its central ridge, gives you more overall headroom.

Choosing a shed with a tall ridge height will help to give you enough headroom.


Safety & strength


The best way to ensure that your shed has optimal strength and safety for a home gym is to buy a model equipped with tongue & groove cladding.

Tongue and Groove panels provide their buildings with not only a clean, sleek appearance but also, more importantly, additional structural strength. Because they lock together, the panels reinforce the structure of the building. And, even better, they can be used as robust flooring too.

With T&G cladding, you can set up your garden gym shed safe in the knowledge that the building is strong and safe with very little risk of being damaged or falling apart. Want an added bonus? Well here at Garden Buildings Direct, you’ll get a 10-year guarantee on all our tongue and groove products!


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What we recommend


So now you know what the best gym shed should have…what does it actually look like? Well, luckily for you, we’ve got recommendations at different price points – but combining all the factors we spoke about above.


The BillyOh Expert Tongue and Groove Reverse Apex Workshop on stone paving next to grass.
The BillyOh Expert Tongue and Groove Reverse Apex Workshop


Let’s start with the BillyOh Expert Reverse Apex Workshop. You’ll get that strong and reliable tongue and groove cladding and, with a number of large sizes to choose from, there’ll be no issues when it comes to space. The Expert also has increased headroom, which makes it ideal for a gym shed.

For more of a premium option, take a look at the BillyOh Clubman Log Cabin Shed. This impressive garden building is more of a log cabin than a traditional shed – but don’t let that distract you from its quality. And, when you’re not using it, it can just as be used as a storage unit!

With super-strong log panelling, a tall roof, and wide-opening double doors, it has all the things that make a great shed gym. Just like the Expert, the Clubman is available in multiple sizes. It also has openable windows, which provide great ventilation, and a stylish design which is always a bonus!


The BillyOh Clubman Heavy Duty Shed Log Cabin on a small paving deck surround by grass and trees
The BillyOh Clubman Heavy Duty Shed Log Cabin


Whichever you prefer, both these sheds will make great personal garden gyms. Simply select the one that’s right for your garden and budget and get ready to fit it out.




The first part of turning your shed into a gym is insulating it. Insulating your shed isn’t just a case of making it warmer – it’s all about protecting the building and its contents.

Insulating your shed will stop water ingress and keep out moisture. This will help prevent wood rot and water damage to your shed. Insulating will also make it more comfortable to use when the temperatures are on the cooler side.




One part of insulating that you’ll definitely want to focus on for a dream workout space is ventilation. Whether you install a ceiling fan or some air vents, ventilation is a must for your garden home gym.

We won’t divulge all the details here – check out this great guide and learn how to insulate a shed!

Flooring & Security


While you’ll want a shed with a floor that is robust and strong, you’ll also want to add an additional flooring layer to your gym shed. 

This second flooring layer will not only protect the wood flooring underneath but will provide a better base for the equipment and make your gym activities safer overall. But what kind of additional flooring should you use and why?

Well, the good news is that traditional, rubber gym flooring will be perfect for your shed gym.

And keep all that investment and equipment safe by buying a reliable and robust padlock for your gym safe!


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Rubber flooring is great because it is extremely durable and robust, but it is also a surface with a lot of grip. This quality is particularly important for the equipment – which won’t move around easily – and for you: ensuring you don’t fall or slip while going about your workout.

Installation won’t be a struggle, either, as rubber mats come in combinable panels that can even be cut to size if you need them to be. To protect your shed, and make your gym safer, investing in rubber flooring mats is a must.




Now we can finally get to the fun part – outfitting your gym with all the workout equipment you need to make it your personal workout heaven!

Other than the basics, like a yoga mat and dumbells, there are lots of options when it comes to workout machines and gym equipment. Which pieces and what kinds of equipment you choose are up to you and should depend on the type of exercise you want to be doing.

If you’ve already got a favourite machine (or favourites) then these are prime candidates for your new gym. But if you’re less sure of what you might want, we’ve got some suggestions for you.


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1. Running Machine or Treadmill

A treadmill is a classic piece of exercise equipment that you’ll find at basically every gym out there. Easy and natural to use, a running machine is fantastic for cardiovascular exercise. With their adaptable settings, they’re also accessible to all levels of fitness. If you want to do cardio in your gym, this is a natural choice. You may need a power supply to power this piece of equipment.


2. Exercise Bike

If you want a cheaper alternative to a treadmill that you can still do varied and intensive cardio exercise on, then an exercise bike is a great solution. Like a treadmill, it’s very accessible with its adaptable settings and easy use, but at a lower price point. The ideal piece of cardio equipment.


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3. Squat and Bench Rack

For those of you who are interested in building out your muscles, a rack and accompanying bar and weights will be ideal. A squat rack or squat and bench sets are extremely versatile, allowing you to train a huge number of muscle groups over various exercises. However, racks have a high level of entry and can do more harm than good unless you know what you’re doing.


4. Rowing Machine

A rowing machine provides a great blend of muscle training and cardiovascular exercise. This best-of-both-worlds combo makes it pretty much essential for your shed gym, especially since it’s easy to store. 

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Time to Get Going!

If you’ve got a wish to get fit, then a gym shed could make your dreams come true. Fit it out with the equipment that suits you and you’ll find that, with enough motivation, you’ll be in there every day of the week!

If you’re in need of a garden shed to make your gym dreams come true, then take a look at one of our models above or browse our great range using the button below! 


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