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Fitness and Construction: Building Your Own Home Gym

home fitnessSummer may be over in Australia, but that does not mean your commitment to have a healthier and better-looking body ends with it. Your quest for fitness continues, and if you ever have trouble maintaining workout programs by going to very far off gyms and fitness centres, you can always build your own gym in the backyard.

It will be your personal playground. Here is how you do it.

Location and Structure

Any gym is basically just four walls and a roof, with exercise machines and implements. You can replicate that at home. If you think your house cannot accommodate exercise machines indoors, go to the backyard.

Plot a space and begin building. It can be as simple as digging into the soil to set your foundations. A little application of carpentry on basic plyboards will more or less do the job of setting up a flooring, and even squat walls. The outdoors can be a good workout spot because the sunlight can help stimulate your energy and even accelerate your circadian rhythm. Do not forget the awnings. You need to protect not only yourself, but also your gym equipment from the elements.

Or if you do not fancy doing construction from square one, ICL says you can just purchase surplus storage units from shipping container companies. This will already give you a pre-fabricated 8 x 20 x 8’ space. Just add in some windows, paint the walls and you are all set.


Investing in gym equipment is no different from investing in gym memberships. And in buying your own equipment, you can be sure that you are the only one who uses them.

With the basic structure of your backyard gym set up, you can then purchase weight racks, benches and other exercise machines. You can start with the basic, slowly adding equipment over time and as your budget will allow. If you think yourself capable, you can also be the one to build benches and other furniture with your carpentry skills.

There are Some Things You Should Not Do Yourself

RoofIt can be tempting to save the minimum of $200 or so you need to pay a professional roof cleaning service in Perth. All you have to do is get on that roof. You can easily do that with a stepladder and not looking down. It is just a matter of getting rid of a few leaves and a little soap and water, after all. However, there may be a bit more to roof cleaning than you thought.

The Roof may be Steeper Than It Looks

Your roof looks fine when you are safe from the ground, but your perception may change abruptly once you are actually on it. What looked like a gentle slope may look and feel not so gentle, especially if it is even slightly slippery. There is also a good chance that you do not have the proper shoes to work on the roof.

Your Problem may be More Than Leaves

A few leaves are manageable, but your roof may be growing mould and mildew that will not easily come off. It is likely that you will need a special spray to loosen them and a pressure washer. You would have to buy them, find out how to use the pressure washer, and try not to slip and fall while doing so. The costs of the pressure washer plus your potential medical bills make the $200 look a lot less, doesn’t it?

There may be Damage

A professional roof cleaner like permacoat.com.au will notice things that you probably will not. The tradie can detect signs of early deterioration and recommend preventative measures, affording you to dodge costly repairs in the future.

Roof cleaning should be done regularly to keep your home in good condition. However, it is not as simple as it looks, especially if your roof is made of terra cotta. Even a metal roof can cause you problems. Find a good roof cleaning service in Perth. It will be worth it.