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Garden Gyms

The perfect blend of design and usability

Garden Gyms

The perfect blend of design and usability

Van, Delivery & Installation included Delivery & installation included
Van, Delivery & Installation included
Delivery & installation
10-year guarantee
10-year guarantee
for peace of mind
50 Years Experience
Over 50 years'
Handmade to Order in Norfolk
Handmade to order
in Norfolk

Finding time to keep up with your fitness goals can sometimes be a real challenge. Combining both convenience and functionality, garden gyms offer a perfect solution. This dedicated fitness space, right in your back garden, can take various forms, from a modest shed kitted out with basic equipment to a garden room that could be just like a professional gym, packed with a wide array of machines and weights.

What is a garden gym?

A garden gym is your own personalised workout space to use as and when you like. This could be a dedicated outside area of your garden or you may have additional indoor space separate from your main house, like a garden room or large shed, that you can use. The latter can be customised to meet the requirements of a workout space, i.e. heavy-duty flooring, and it offers year-round usage, along with aesthetic appeal. A perfect solution for those invested in achieving and maintaining long-term fitness goals without bad weather becoming a regular excuse.

Why have a garden gym?

If you’re committed to pursuing fitness and living a healthier life, your own garden gym can help reduce those pesky excuses like lack of time and feeling self-conscious from rearing their ugly head and getting in the way of your progress.

Time is a precious commodity that we all value, so no wonder found it to be the biggest reason why people choose to skip their workout. Having your own garden gym allows you to have a flexible workout schedule as well as reducing travel time when all you must do is take a few steps across your garden to your own private gym. It’s also a space you’ll have all to yourself where you can focus on your workout without fear of judgement from others.

The benefits of a garden gym


Having your own garden gym allows you to have utmost flexibility. You won’t be governed by opening times or having to factor in travel time, your workout sessions become entirely at your convenience. With your dedicated exercise space just a few steps away, you gain the freedom to use it whenever suits you best, seamlessly integrating it into your schedule alongside other commitments, errands, and daily tasks.


The second biggest reason for people skipping the gym is lack of confidence and feeling self-conscious. By having your own garden gym, you can focus on your workout without feeling judged and you can always book a 1-to-1 with a personal trainer who will be able to do the session at your home. The other benefit of having privacy is there are fewer distractions, whether you’ve previously worked out in a public gym or if you had your workout space inside your home. This deliberate isolation allows you to engage in your fitness routine without disturbances, whether it's early morning yoga, midday cardio, or evening strength training.


The space you will gain from an indoor garden gym will allow you to set up whatever equipment you may need from cardio and strength training to yoga and Pilates, making it a versatile space for diverse workout routines. Equally, if in the future you decide to take your fitness journey in a different direction, the garden room used to house your gym can take on a new valuable purpose. Most home gyms will be lined and insulated, which means they could easily become a games room, entertainment space, or even a workshop.

Great Value

While establishing your garden gym may require a substantial initial investment for both the garden room and necessary equipment, consider this expenditure as a wise and enduring investment. Beyond the immediate costs, the long-term advantages, as previously outlined, extend beyond personal fitness. In the grander scheme, you're not only saving money over time but also enhancing the overall value of your property. Think of it as an investment not just in your well-being but also in the lasting value and appeal of your home.

Our gym features & considerations

Year-round use

If you’re going to be setting up your own garden gym, you will want to ensure it will be usable all year round for it to be worthwhile. We would highly recommend that the garden building you choose is fully insulated, and any windows are double-glazed. This prevents the internal temperature from getting too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter, allowing you to work out comfortably from season to season. We offer a range of garden buildings which either have these features as standard or come as optional upgrades. 

Electric Pack

Another element to ensuring all year-round use is having adequate lighting and access to a power supply in case you need to plug in an electric heater in the colder months. Depending on the type of workout that you intend to do and the setup you envision, you may also want to have a sound system as well as equipment like a treadmill that often requires a power supply. We offer an electric pack optional upgrade which pre-installs 4 double sockets, 1 external double socket, 1 8-way consumer unit, and LED spotlights. We are unable to connect your garden building to your power supply, this will need to be carried out by a qualified electrician.

Sturdy floor

Some gym equipment like a treadmill, weights machine, or rowing machine etc. can be heavy, along with the added weight of someone using them can put stress on standard flooring options affecting their longevity. We would highly recommend you choose our heavy-duty flooring upgrade. While our standard floorboards are ex19mm thick, our heavy-duty boards are ex38mm thick, and will offer a sturdy, durable platform for you to exercise on that will have a better chance of withstanding the test of time.

Aesthetic Appeal

As much as you’re choosing your garden building based on its functional ability as a garden gym, the aesthetic appeal is just as important. You will need to consider the overall style of the garden building to ensure it works with the look and feel of your home.  Our modern-style buildings, like the Holt and Salthouse Studios, are most popular for gym use as they let in the most light with their larger windows; however, we also have a few more traditional options, like the Garden Room or Binham Studio, if that would suit your home and garden better. Each garden building can also be personalised in terms of exterior and interior paint colours, which will be key to making your garden gym feel like your own and make it a stunning feature in your garden.

Why Choose Crane

Established in 1974 by David Crane, Crane Garden Buildings are proud to still be, at their heart, a Norfolk-based, family-run business, and a highly rated producer of high quality timber garden buildings. 

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Of course, the size of your gym will depend on the size of your garden. The most popular garden gym sizes we get are 3.0 x 3.0m and 3.0 x 3.6m; however, we have also sold them as big as 3.6 x 5.4 and 3.6 x 4.8m. The size really does come down to how big can you have it in your garden, what space do you have available? And what are you doing in your garden gym? Lots of equipment will require plenty of space, but a treadmill and a yoga matt will be absolutely fine in a 3.0 x 3.0 x 3.0 x 3.6m

Up to 30m2 internal size is the magic number before planning permission; however, please check our planning permission article to give you a more comprehensive idea on why else you may need planning permission. Most gardens count as permitted development so won’t require planning permission, but there are a few helpful tips to abide by to avoid any unwanted aggravation further down the line.

Ask yourself a few questions - what kind of gym do you want to have in your garden? Heavy equipment, a yoga/pilates room? This will determine some of the features you may require. Then you can think about, how big can you have the gym in your garden, what style you would like (modern or traditional?). Once you’ve thought about those things, get in contact with our helpful sales designers, and they can help you design your perfect garden gym

Yes certainly, if you need more space or are planning on installing a toilet, we offer partitions in many of our designs.

This is not something we would recommend, especially with one of our timber buildings. Timber needs room to breathe, so putting it against your house will end up in damp problems further down the line. To preserve the longevity of your building, we recommend having at least a 30cm air gap around each side of your building.

We can’t do custom shapes; however we are very flexible on size, as long as they don’t exceed 30m2. If you can’t find the size you want in our standard sizes, please contact us to see if we can create the size you’re looking for.

We don’t offer plumbing, but we do offer an electrical pack with our buildings. During installation, a trusted electrician will be on site to fix plug sockets, lights, light switches, a consumer unit, and potentially a heater or aircon unit. The final connection between your mains electric and house will need to be arranged by yourself though.

Our garden gyms are fully insulated, depending on the design you choose. If you opt for an unlined design, we can provide insulation, or you can choose to do it yourself.

Yes, as part of our electric pack, we have the option of upgrading to have an air conditioning unit.

We provide a 10-year guarantee with most of our buildings. We also have a dedicated customer service team who will help you throughout the order process, and will be on-hand to help with any questions post-installation as well. Find out more about our 10-year guarantee.


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