I’ve made a few floor plans for building a gym in a 10’x24′ single-car garage and I thought I’d share them with those who are interested. Below you can find three different layouts that fit in this space and make the most of it. Use the plans below for inspiration or use them as-is for building your garage gym.
While the total amount of 240 sq. ft. is plenty to place all the gym equipment you need in a home gym, the 10′ width is a bit narrow so you do need to be careful with how you set up your gym so it doesn’t feel cramped
- 1 1. 10’ x 24’ Strength Training Garage Gym Floor Plan
- 2 2. 10’ x 24’ Garage Gym Floor Plan Variation
- 3 3. 10’ x 24’ Garage Gym + Parking
- 4 Recommended Equipment For These Setups
- 5 Optional Extras
1. 10’ x 24’ Strength Training Garage Gym Floor Plan
This first layout is focused on strength and muscle building. There is no cardio machine but the two machines on the right side of the plan can easily be substituted by one if you’d prefer.
The left side of the garage is a focused resistance training area where you can effortlessly switch between dumbbells, barbells, and cable exercises. That makes this setup super effective and efficient since you can train all your muscles in three different ways within a 10′ x 12′ area.
That leaves the right side of the garage open for other things. You can use it to get some machines that really do one job like the reverse hyper or preacher curl like in this plan. That way you can really focus on certain muscles. Putting a cardio machine there is another option.
And if you’re not immediately sure, leave it empty at first or use it for storage. However, if you want to use part of the garage for storage, I’d recommend moving the gym side towards the door so you can get some fresh air during your workout.
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2. 10’ x 24’ Garage Gym Floor Plan Variation
This second layout is a variation on the first one. The left side of the plan is pretty much the same, the right side has a leg press machine. The power rack, dumbbells, and functional trainer are such a powerful combo, they allow you to train every muscle you like. And this square setup for those pieces means you can switch between exercises very quickly and efficiently.
That means for the other side of the gym, you can add some things that really allow you to focus on specific things. In this example, legs but there are plenty of other options as well. You can fit pretty much any strength training or cardio machine in that much space so really think about what you want to focus on.
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3. 10’ x 24’ Garage Gym + Parking
Here’s another option. A garage gym where you can still park your car and work out at the same time.
You can retain the power rack and dumbbells from the previous plans although the dumbbells are downsized to adjustable ones. There is enough space to park a mid-size SUV (like the RR Evoque used in this example). At the same time, there is enough space to work out as well.
This is the perfect layout for people who don’t really want to give up their indoor parking but still have their home gym. Barbells and dumbbells are the basics you need for a good muscle or strength-building workout.
However, it’s also possible to use a functional trainer or a Smith machine instead of the power rack if that’s what you prefer. A Smith machine will be a bit bigger than the shown rack but it will still fit. A compact functional trainer works as well.
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Recommended Equipment For These Setups
In a 10′ x 24′ space, you’ve got enough room that it’s not necessary to always look for most compact equipment. However, you still want good value for money and equipment that lasts. Here are some recommendations for equipment many people are happy with.
In the floor plans, I’ve used the Rogue RML-490C which is a very solid power rack. It’s pretty much the standard for sturdiness, fit and finish, and functionality. However, it’s not cheap and some more affordable options are just as compact. Look at the Titan Fitness X-3 Range (Amazon) for a more affordable option that is very similar.
If you want a rack of dumbbells you’ve got two good choices; affordable and decent or expensive and great.
The first choice is the Signature Fitness 5-50 lbs. set with rack (Amazon link). These are a great deal for such a set of dumbbells. You get 10 pairs of dumbbells on a 3-tier rack. The dumbbells are decent quality with a nice handle but not the highest quality. The rack is a bit wobbly. That doesn’t sound too great until you see the price, this is a deal that’s hard to dismiss.
The second choice is a high-quality set of dumbbells from REP Fitness (Amazon link). A company with a reputation for great products and amazing customer service. In the pictures, the set looks very similar to the first option but the dumbbells are nicer and the rack is rock solid. You also have the option of extending the set up to 100-pound dumbbells, an option Signature doesn’t offer.
There are tons of adjustable benches out there but a few stand out.
If you want something super solid, versatile, and with a good warranty and customer service, go for the REP Fitness AB-3000 (Amazon link). It’s built like a tank has nice features and isn’t too big.
The REP bench is a bit pricey though. For a cheaper option, look at the Lusper benches. This model (Amazon link) is affordable, can handle up to 800 pounds, and folds completely flat. It won’t be as sturdy and solid as the first option but it’s a lot cheaper.
There are a few good functional trainers to choose from. As said above, it’s not necessary to pick the smallest one.
My favorite all-around functional trainer is the BodyCraft HFT (Amazon). It’s finished very nicely with high-quality parts, works smoothly, and comes with the attachments you need. I’d recommend paying extra for assembly because these can be a bit difficult to set up but once they are, these are great.
The standard weight stacks are 150 lbs. per side but an upgrade to 200 lbs. per stack is available. That should be heavy enough for the vast majority of people out there.
As an entry-level treadmill, the NordicTrack T6.5s is a great choice for the money. It is strong and sturdy enough for a good workout and the 3 hp motor has enough power for up to 10 miles an hour. It does have an annoying feature that makes you log into your Nordictrack account though. It’s also not the best for tall people because of its short deck.
The XTerra TRX4500 (Amazon) is a great choice for most people. Its belt is large enough for anyone except giraffes, the motor is strong and the frame is sturdy. The 12 MPH top speed is also quite high. The whole package is still pretty affordable. The low price does mean you don’t get any fancy displays or touchscreens but do you really need those?
If you need the best of the best treadmill, look at Landice. They are amazing, not necessarily in flashy features, but in build quality and feel. However, they are priced accordingly.
Concept2 Model D (Amazon) is the right choice when picking a rowing machine. These are the rowing machines you’ll see in most commercial gyms and for good reason. They work well, are durable, and aren’t even the most expensive although not cheap.
Buy one of these and you’ll be good for the next 20 years. And probably a lot leaner by that time since these air-resistance rowers burn a lot of calories.
It’s a good idea to go for a leg press that’s both leg press and hack squat. It just adds exercise variability and both exercises, while similar, have their benefits.
One of the best out there is the BodyCraft F760 (Amazon). It’s built like a tank, everything is adjustable which means you can get a good range of motion on both the leg press and hack squat which is an issue with most other combo machines. And of course, the lifetime warranty is a big plus.
Though the setups shown above are pretty complete, there are some things you can add to make your garage gym even better:
- Flooring: Flooring helps with noise, hygiene, safety, and comfort. And for such a small space, it’s quite cheap to cover the whole floor so this is a no-brainer.
- Mirror: A mirror is useful for checking your form but also makes your space look bigger!
- Pull-up bar: Pull-ups are a great exercise and hard to replace. A doorway-mounted pull-up bar is easy to put up or take down and adds a few great exercise options.
- Fan: Garages are usually not very well insulated and can get uncomfortable quickly, especially when working out. A wall-mounted fan helps while not taking up any floor space.
- Kettlebells: Great for adding exercise options that are completely different from barbell and dumbbell exercises.
By adding those to any of the gyms above, it will improve the looks, functionality, and comfort of your home gym.