Want to Make the Most of Your Time and Money? Start With a Home Gym

Want to make the most of your time and money? Start with a home gym

In America, health and fitness is big business. Research shows that nearly 88 million people spend an estimated $35 billion on gym memberships annually.

When businesses shut down during the pandemic, the fitness industry took a hit. Even when doors opened again, many people didn’t want to be huffing and puffing in a crowded enclosed space with other people huffing and puffing too.

As businesses transitioned to work-from-home and other remote/hybrid options, gyms struggled to adapt. The marketplace was flooded with virtual workouts available on apps that measure and track performance or streaming platforms like YouTube, which provides free tutorials and “personal trainers” that are hard to compete with.

Why pay for a membership, plus the gas and time costs of traveling to and from the gym, or deal with the crowds when you can work out in the comfort of your own home for free?

Save Money and Build Muscle With a Home Gym

According to Finances Online, gym memberships can cost anywhere between $10 and $40 per month per person. Add to that amount all the other fees that gyms might charge such as new-member fees, extra costs for specific classes like hot yoga or HIIT, and annual dues.

Prices can also widely vary depending on location and the type of classes and facilities your gym offers. If the average monthly cost of gym membership in the U.S. is $58, you can expect to spend between $500 and $700 for an annual membership.

The more elite the gym (newer equipment, state-of-the-art offerings like massage chairs and cryotherapy chambers, and a larger number of classes to choose from—each with a professional/certified trainer), the higher the cost. And, if you live in places like New York, the average cost of a gym membership is over $130 each month.

Each year, millions of people enroll in a gym program during January as part of their “new year, new me” resolutions to get fit. But the stats are sobering: The average gym member underutilizes two-thirds of their gym dues—wasting approximately $39 per month or $468 per year. Americans spend about $1.3 billion on unused gym memberships.

A Home Gym Can Turn Waste Into Workouts

Just a few reasons to exercise at home:

Cost: Save now on that expensive membership fee, and save even more money over time without monthly dues.
Convenience: No more dealing with traffic or gas mileage when the gym is located in your backyard! Plus, there’s the added perk of your gym always being open—you can work out whenever it suits your schedule.
Consistency: Because of the conveniences your outdoor home gym offers, consistency is more likely. It’s common knowledge that consistent workouts lead to muscle gains, and weight losses.
Privacy: Forget about mirrors and onlookers. Plus, you can dress how you want! Messy hair? Don’t care! No makeup? No problem!

We know you don’t want to sacrifice the workout quality or experience, and you don’t have to. Outdoor gyms can be amazing. And, remember, staying fit and healthy doesn’t need to be expensive.

Why Create an Outdoor Home Gym Instead of a Gym Inside the House?

Not everyone has an extra room inside their house to remodel into a gym. Instead, turn your existing patio or backyard space into an outdoor gym.

Here are 5 benefits of having an outdoor gym:

  1. Work out while watching the kids play in the yard.
  2. Save extra space inside the house for a game room, craft studio, or movie theater.
  3. Enjoy fresh air and sunshine while you exercise.
  4. Experience the mood-boosting benefits of being outdoors.
  5. Look at beautiful landscaping or relaxing scenery while burning calories.

If you don’t want to utilize your current lanai area but would prefer to go all-out and create an outdoor gym you can design from scratch, here are 8 things you need in order to build a gym in your backyard.

What about bugs? The weather? We have a great solution for that too! Keep reading.

More Considerations When Designing an Outdoor Home Gym

Flooring for an Outdoor Home Gym

Proper flooring is a must. Shock absorbing, weather-proof, slip-resistant materials will provide comfort and protection. Safety and comfort are crucial for a successful gym environment.

Suitable Shelter for an Outdoor Home Gym

To work out in all kinds of weather conditions, your outdoor gym needs a roof or cover of some kind. Keep this in mind if you don’t already have a covered lanai or patio area. Be sure to create enough headroom for those jumping jacks and burpees!

Weatherproof Gym Equipment for an Outdoor Home Gym

Experts suggest machines and equipment made with UV protection, steel frame construction, powder-coated steel finish, anti-rust protection, and chip/corrosion resistance. Higher-end equipment should offer warranties, and this will ensure the gym stays in optimized condition for years of use.

Lighting and Ventilation for an Outdoor Home Gym

If you want to be able to use your gym after dark and year-round, lighting and ventilation are both important. Both are also key for safety reasons. You want to be able to see what you’re doing and where you’re going—and you want to be able to breathe freely in a fresh-air environment. In more enclosed spaces, you might want to invest in fans for the summer months when it can become warm and stuffy. Solar screens are a great option for ventilation, fresh air, and protection from harmful UV rays, heat, and other weather conditions.

How to Handle the Elements With an Outdoor Gym

Whether you’re a homeowner or a business owner, an outdoor gym could be the solution to achieving this year’s fitness goals or sales objectives.

We didn’t forget: What about bugs? Or the weather? Meet MagnaTrackTM motorized screens!

Our innovative MagnaTrackTM self-tensioning design is the only self-correcting system in the world and ends 98% of all service calls before they occur. No jams, snags, hang-ups, or re-wraps!

With this patented product, you can enjoy world-class motorized retractable screening solutions perfect for outdoor gyms. When the weather is lovely, keep the screens raised. If you need protection, lower them quickly with the touch of a button.

Whether you’re looking for mesh screens, vinyl solutions, hurricane protection, commercial or residential applications, our system is completely customizable to fit your needs.

Just a Few of the Many Benefits of MagnaTrackTM Screens:

  • Top-Quality Materials
  • Expert Installation
  • Built to Last
  • Manufactured in the USA
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • Quality Control

For pricing and installation information so you can make an informed decision based on your needs, contact one of our MagnaTrack™ dealers today.