200 Sq. Ft. is a common size of a home gym. It’s about the size of a small single garage. You can build an awesome home gym in this amount of space. Keep reading to find out how.
Is it possible to build a great home gym in a 200 sq. ft. space? Yes, you can fit all the equipment you need for full body free weights workouts and cardio in a 20’ x 10’ space. The equipment in this gym;
- Power rack
- Adjustable bench
- Dumbbell rack + Dumbbells
- Recumbent bike
- Leg press machine
If you want to know what that looks like exactly, scroll down to get the floor plans.
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200 Square Feet Home Gym Floor Plans
This example gym is has a total floor space of 200 square feet. The dimensions of the space are 20’ x 10’. If your home gym has different dimensions, it’s possible you can fit the same equipment but have to move it around a little
If you’ve got less space, there are two other posts you can check out;
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The gym outlined here is a complete gym with all the equipment you need for free weight exercises, a bike for cardio and space left over for a big machine like a leg press.
200 Sq.Ft. Gym Floor Plans
What’s in this 200 Sq. Ft. home gym?
There are the basic pieces of equipment I’ve outlined in this post: What do you need for the big 5 lifts (Squat, Deadlift, Bench, Rows, Overhead Press). These lifts can create a strong base from which you can build more strength and muscles. Of course with this equipment you can do way more than just those 5 lifts. There is also a recumbent bike for cardio and a leg press machine.
Here’s what in this example 200 Sq. Ft. gym;
- Power rack
- Adjustable bench
- Full length 7’2 Olympic barbell
- Weight plates
- Dumbbell rack
- Recumbent bike
- Leg press machine
Those seven pieces of equipment create a complete gym with everything you need to build muscle and get a great cardio workout or lose weight.
If you’re looking for home gym equipment that offers a ton of value for money, check out my recommended equipment here.
Compared to the smaller 150 sq. ft. gym, there are a few differences. Obviously we’ve got 50 square feet more to play with so there are some opportunities for other equipment. This gym has all the free weight equipment you need to build muscle, a recumbent bike for cardio and then there’s space left over for a leg press machine.
Of course if you want any other machine you can exchange it for the leg press. The leg press is one of the larger machines in the gym so any other machine will fit as well. Most other machines are smaller so that won’t be a problem.
There are some things you could still add to the setup showed above even though you don’t have a whole lot of space.
- Resistance band set
- Single sided cable station.
Those things don’t take up a lot of space at all and can add a good bit of functionality to your gym. Just those two options can allow you to many more exercises than with just the equipment in the layout. These things aren’t essential for lifting free weights however so that’s why they’re optional.
Resistance bands barely take up any space and give you some good options for corrective exercises or a warm-up.
A single sided cable station doesn’t take up much space. You can put it in place of the leg press or recumbent bike. A double sided cable doesn’t quite fit if you want to combine it with a power rack. It could fit in a 200 sq. ft. space but then you can’t fit much else.
Suggested post: 5 Essential cable attachments
A small cable station could fit in this gym if you get a small leg press. A vertical leg press for example is a lot smaller than a 45 degree leg press like in the floor plan above.
Example gym equipment
What can you do in this 200 Sq. Ft. home gym?
This gym has pretty much everything you need for a great workout. There are free weights, a cardio machine and a leg press machine.
This setup allows you to do almost every exercise you can do with a barbell or dumbbells. Just some examples;
- Overhead Press
- Bench press
- Incline bench
- Rack pulls
- DB rows
- Bicep curls
- Pull ups
- Chin ups
- Leg presses
And that’s just a very small part of the possible lifts with this setup. These are some of the most popular lifts in all gyms around the world. There are many more lifts and exercises that you can do in this gym but there are just too many to list.
All these exercises can create an awesome body if you know how to program correctly. If you don’t know or are just getting started, there are a whole lot of free programs available online that can help you get started. For beginners, Starting strength or 5 x 5 are both great places to get started.
What can you NOT do in a 200 Sq. Ft. home gym?
Of course the space is limited and there are things you can’t do with this setup;
- There is no cable station. Cable exercises are awesome for many reasons. Cable stations take up a ton of space which is just not available in this hypothetical space. Some power racks allow for a pulley add-on or possibly you can find space for a wall mounted pulley although these don’t provide anywhere near the same functionality as a full cable station.
- Suggested post: Why you need a cable station in your home gym
Even with those things missing, you can get a great workout done in this modestly sized gym. For most people, building muscle and improving their cardio/losing body fat is all they want and that means this gym is perfect.
Can you lose weight with a barbell? Barbells are a great tool to gain strength and muscle mass. That means you might actually gain weight in the form of muscles. However, having more muscle makes it easier to lose body fat since muscle tissue costs more energy for your body to maintain.
Can you do a leg press at home? Most home gyms don’t have a leg press machine since they’re large and expensive. There are some good alternatives however. Squats, lunges and dead lifts will target the same musculature and more. There is also a machine called a vertical leg press. This is a smaller machine than the usual leg press but does nearly the same thing.
Favorite home gym tools
Many people often forget a few important pieces of their home gym that isn’t directly gym equipment. Here are my favorite home gym tools.
- Interval timer: To time your intervals and all types of other workouts, the GymNext Flex is easily the best and easiest to use.
- Mirrors: Fab & Glass (Amazon link) makes the best large mirror sheets so you can see your exercise form.
- Flooring: American Floor Mats gym flooring (Amazon) or equipment mats make your gym quieter, easier to clean and keeps your floor and equipment safe.
- Fan: The Rowenta VU5670 (Amazon) is a great way to stay cool while working out.