Making Your Storage Unit a Gym

Posted on: 26 October 2015

Sticking to a fitness routine is often difficult, particularly if you do not have space at home and don't like working out at a gym. Some creative people have turned self-storage units into their own private gyms. Although you need to check with the management before you begin, many facilities have no problem with this practice. If you need some personal space to pursue your fitness, consider renting your own storage unit.


Experts say that a home gym needs about 250 square feet to contain the necessary equipment to provide a good, varied workout. A treadmill takes up about 30 square feet while free weights need between 20 and 50 square feet. If you do not have a basement or spare room at home, you can easily rent a storage unit that will give you that much room. As a bonus, you won't have to worry about disturbing your family as you sweat through your routine. 


The average gym membership costs around $40 to $50 a month. If you join a gym that charges an initiation fee, your yearly cost could be up to $800. In a smaller market, a 300 square feet storage unit can cost approximately $165 per month. You can make the storage unit less expensive than the gym by sharing the expense with several other people who want a private workout space. You can work out a schedule that gives everyone private access.


When you set up your storage unit gym, you may want to start small. Before you move in the big equipment, bring in some rubber mats for your floor. Add the hand weights, resistance bands, and kettle balls as a start. Then consider if you want to bring in the treadmill or exercise bike. Don't forget to give yourself a music source. Just using your mp3 player will work initially. Personalize the area and make it comfortable so you will look forward to your time there. Let it function as a gym and an escape from your busy routine. 

People use storage units for a variety of non-storage reasons, including band practice, office space, and artist studios. You are only limited by your imagination and the rules of the particular storage company that you are using. Setting up your own private gym is one way to creatively use self-storage. Staying fit requires maintaining your motivation. A personalized and private place can help you keep up a healthy routine. For more information, contact local storage centers like AA All American Airborne Self-Storage.