I have finally decided to build my own gym! Now that the gym that I liked has relocated to about an hour away I am faced with the choice of joining the local YMCA or using the cash that is spent on gym memberships to build a home gym. I have two sons who need to grow up big and strong so that they can push my wheelchair around for me when I’m old, so I figure building my own is the way to go.
My problem is that I start with a simple idea and it snowballs into me putting a full-on commercial gym in the back yard. I need help from the T-Nation.
I plan on having the definite basics (power rack, adjustable bench, deadlifting area, dumbells(other than myself), and a dip/chin station) and my wife would like me to include a treadmill for her (I keep telling her she isn’t a hamster, but you pick your battles, right?). The problem is that after that, I start snowballing the things that I would “like” to have, as well, and get myself into a quandry of what size building to construct for said gym. Obviously, it wouldn’t be prudent (or cost effective) to put up an arena-sized building, but I don’t want to be ultra-cramped either.
If any of you have built a gym in your back yards, how big did you build it?
What size building would you suggest to have enough space as not to be cramped, but still not over-do it?
Second, are there any “gotta-have-its” that I may be overlooking?