Garden gym inspiration

by John

Owing to gyms being closed all over the world due to the covid-19 pandemic those fitness buffs among us who want to hang on to our gains have no choice but to work out at home. Every one will have their own preferred workout style when working out at home, be it a bodyweight-only workout, a fitness video or using a home gym in the spare room or garage.For those in warmer climates that can mean catching some rays while working out in a garden gym.

If you’re lucky enough to live in such an area then maybe these photos of other peoples’ garden gyms can inspire you to buy or build your own. Or maybe you already have a garden gym, in which case, how does yours compare to these? I’d be interested to hear what your garden gym is made up of in the comments below.

A professional-looking lifting platform with Olympic barbell and rack.
A professional-looking lifting platform with Olympic barbell and rack. Learn how to build this yourself here.
A crossfit-style setup.
A crossfit-style setup.
Another garden gym rig identical to the previous! Crossfit certainly is popular.
Another rig identical to the previous! Crossfit certainly is popular.
A half rack and Olympic barbell with medicine balls, kettlebells, rowing machines and other sporting equipment at a grand-looking dwelling.
A half rack and Olympic barbell with medicine balls, kettlebells, rowing machines and other sporting equipment at a grand-looking dwelling.
A basic homemade rack with barbells.
A basic homemade rack with barbells.
A ring pull-up station and an EZ curl bar.
A ring pull-up station and an EZ curl bar.
A full power cage with barbell, bench, plate tree and a LOT of plates!
A full power cage with barbell, bench, plate tree and a LOT of plates!
A barbell rack (with what looks to be holding a fair amount of weight) and a punch bag.
A barbell rack (with what looks to be holding a fair amount of weight) and a punch bag.
A professional rack with Olympic barbell.
A professional rack with Olympic barbell.
An extensive garden gym rig with tire and hammer, prowler sled, trap bar and more!
An extensive garden gym rig with tire and hammer, prowler sled, trap bar and more! The rig equipment is from MoveStrong.
Another shot of the same garden gym. My favorite so far.
Another shot of the same gym. My favorite so far.
Not enough to call a gym, but a simple pull-up station can greatly enhance a bodyweight-only workout.
Not enough to call a gym, but a simple pull-up station can greatly enhance a bodyweight-only workout. If you’re struggling with pull-ups, check out this handy guide.
A power cage with barbell and bench, plenty of weights and a rope climbing attachment. A setup any marine would be proud of.
A power cage with barbell and bench, plenty of weights and a rope climbing attachment. A setup any marine would be proud of.
A homemade but sturdy-looking power cage.
A homemade but sturdy-looking power cage.
Equipment that reminds me of my school's climbing apparatus.
Equipment that reminds me of my school’s climbing apparatus.
This garden gym setup is geared towards strength training with a Olympic barbell, lifting platform and ring pull-up station.
This setup is geared towards strength training with a Olympic barbell, lifting platform and ring pull-up station.
A more comprehensive (and expensive-looking) garden gym using MoveStrong equipment.
A more comprehensive (and expensive-looking) garden gym using MoveStrong equipment.
Another fixed bar garden gym which reminds me my school's climbing apparatus. with suspension straps and a hanging punch bag.
Another fixed bar construct which reminds me my school’s climbing apparatus. with suspension straps and a hanging punch bag.

How do you rate these garden gyms? For those that can’t train outdoors, check out these garage gyms!

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