5 of our Favourite Garden Gym Design Ideas
06 January 2022

5 of our Favourite Garden Gym Design Ideas

January is here, which can only mean two things; it’s a New Year and all gyms are ridiculously busy as promises are made to get in shape.

Most of us gym-goers love the freedom, adrenalin rush and chance to escape. But how keen are you on booking a spinning class a week in advance or having to work your life around a gym’s schedule?

Commercial gyms are great, but they don’t always fit neatly into our lives. If there’s anything that the last two years have taught us, it’s that home gyms can work just as well, if not better. Although, you must have the right environment to recreate that in-gym experience. One of the best ways to do this is with a fully insulated garden room that can be used as a gym all year round.

Here’s the exciting part – you can design your fully insulated garden room based on your preferred workouts. So whether you’re into yoga and Pilates, love your cardio or are into strength and conditioning, you can create a hyper-personalised garden gym.

Conventional Gyms Vs. Home Garden Gyms

According to a survey by healthy living social enterprise, Better, there are several things that can put even the most motivated person off going to the gym. Unsurprisingly, these are lack of time, low confidence levels, the gym being too busy, and childcare. If you add a commute before or after a long day of work and membership fees into the equation, it’s easy to see why the conventional gym is not for everyone.

So what are the main benefits of a contemporary, fully insulated garden gym instead? Well, there are quite a few, but here are the main ones:

  • No membership fees. While you do have to purchase your modern garden gym, once it’s paid for, that’s it. So there are no creeping gym costs for you to think about, and if more than one family member is paying for the gym, you’ll save even more.
  • No commute. With just a few footsteps away, you do not lose time commuting. Instead, you can spend more time working out.
  • 24/7. With your contemporary garden gym, there are no time restrictions. You can work out whenever you like, day or night.
  • Child friendly. While some conventional gyms offer family membership and clubs, they can be costly. With a fully insulated garden gym, though, you can exercise and look after the children at the same time.
  • Access to equipment. There’s no vying for the airdyne bike, treadmill, or weights with a purpose-built modern home garden gym. They are yours to use and yours alone!
  • It’s quick and easy. A garden gym can be a time saver. Not only are you reducing your commute, but you can also complete a workout much quicker than you would in a commercial gym. This is because there’s no waiting for others to finish using the equipment.

Of course, conventional gyms can also be quite intimidating, especially for beginners. If you’re feeling a little shy or perhaps prefer to work out in your own space, a modern garden gym is a great option.

So, where do you start in creating a personalised home garden gym? At SMART Garden Offices, we always recommend thinking about what your dream fully insulated garden gym would look like. To help exercise those thoughts, here are five contemporary garden gym design ideas to get you started:

  1. Cardio Counter

If you’re really into your cardio, you’ll know that timing is everything. With your own fully insulated garden gym, you’ll never have to wait to use the next piece of equipment on your plan. If you love a good HIIT workout and need your heart rate to stay at a certain level, this can be a huge benefit.

Usually, a standard modern garden gym set-up contains two or three pieces of cardio equipment (a spin bike, rower, treadmill, or ski machine) and some weights for strength-based floor work. If you have plenty of floor-to-ceiling glazing, as the owner of the Temple Folly garden room (pictured) does, you can face your favourite pieces of equipment to overlook your outside space.

   Garden Room Interior with Cardio Machines


  1. Yoga Retreat

Turning your garden gym into a contemporary yoga studio will take your yoga practice to a completely new level. It gives you an ideal space to nourish your mind and body, making yoga part of your everyday routine.

A fully insulated garden gym is the perfect setting because it creates a symbiotic connection with nature. With clean and crisp architectural lines and floor-to-ceiling glazing, your garden gym can become your very own retreat.

Imagine carefully placing your Altar against the soft panelling of an Ultra Garden room as the subtle trickle of sunlight enters your space. You’ll already feel a sense of calm.

Just make sure you pay careful attention to where the sun rises and sets within your garden to take advantage of that natural sunlight. It’ll help you decide where to place your garden gym.

Interior shot of garden yoga room


  1. Gym with a View

If you’re lucky enough to have a beautiful garden that changes with the seasons, it’s a good idea to maximise the view from your modern garden gym with floor-to-ceiling glazing (either as individual panels or with bi-fold doors). You’ll be surprised just how much of a positive impact a bright, nature-inspired space has to offer. It’s quite a change from working out under the spotlights at a commercial gym.

You can even choose small eye-level windows on the back aperture to ventilate your fully insulated garden gym, or you can fold back the glazed doors to bring the outside in.

Exterior shot of Garden Gym with Scenic Background


  1. The Office Gym

You don’t need much space to place a yoga mat or a favourite piece of cardio equipment.

If you have a SMART garden office, you could ‘zone’ it so that you have a professional area to work from as well as somewhere to exercise before or after work.

The owner of this 3.2m x 3.2m Affinity garden room has created his perfect work and exercise environment. He loves nothing more than to take advantage of his treadmill while on lengthy phone calls.

Interior shot of Garden Gym with Office Space


  1. A Motivational Space  

Commercial gyms do lots of things to keep their members motivated, which you can easily replicate in your contemporary garden gym.

You can keep your form in check by adding oversized floor mirrors to one wall. This works well when you need to push yourself to keep going with those weights. Or, if you love modern statement art, you could make the walls a focal point with large inspiring quotes to encourage you to give 110% to every session.

Another way to stay motivated is to exercise to your chosen music, which is effortlessly easy to do in your garden gym. You’ll wonder where all the time goes as you train to the beat.

Interior Garden Gym with motivational space


Order your Brochure Now

If you’re ready to invest in your very own garden gym, then you’ll want to be confident that you’re creating just the right space.

At SMART Garden Offices, there’s no shortage of design options for you to explore, with seven stunning product ranges to choose from in up to 64 sizes. Starting at just £10,525, our fully insulated garden rooms can be used all year round.

Since we hand-build each garden room at our UK manufacturing facility in Suffolk, your garden gym is carefully built to your exact specification. Thanks to our Configurator technology, you can even personalise your yoga studio or modern garden gym yourself through industry-leading Augmented Reality. You can place the windows and doors where you like and flit between designs and layouts until you land on your dream design.

To start exploring your garden gym options, why not download a free copy of our brochure? It’s packed full of photos and design ideas.