How to set up a home gym outside

Updated February 21, 2017

A home gym is a convenient alternative to travelling to a fitness centre to work out. To set up a home gym, you need adequate space to place and use equipment. Unfortunately, if you live in a small or crowded house, setting up a home gym inside is not a viable option. An outdoor gym is just as effective and has the advantage of fresh air whenever you are exercising. To set up your home gym outside, establish a space and use it effectively.

Clear an area in your garden to build the home gym. The ground should be as level as possible and free of debris.

Place equipment such as a pull-up bar, dip station and portable weights along one side of your outdoor gym. This keeps them out of the way of other equipment and creates a barrier, marking one boundary of your home gym.

Position other exercise stations such as a heavy bag, crunch station or arm press along the opposite side of your outdoor gym. This marks the second barrier and effectively uses the space.

Place workout benches such as a bench press along the third side of your outdoor gym. This creates the third barrier, leaving only the entrance and centre clear. The clear centre area is useful for performing body-weight exercises such as push-ups and squats.

Buy several small tarpaulins to cover your exercise equipment during harsh weather. This will prolong the life of your home gym equipment.


Build your outdoor gym with the exercise equipment you have available. If you do not have any, buy from second-hand shops and car boot sales, rather than commercially, to save money.

Things You'll Need

  • Small tarpaulins
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