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Keep fit at home with a shipping container gym

Woman using shipping container gym

Exercising at home due to COVID-19?

That’s you and most of the country.

Gyms have been shut for the best part of the year. And with lots of people being forced to self-isolate, home has become the only place to do their weekly cardio workouts. That’s why, over the last couple of months, shipping container gyms have become an increasingly popular option.

Let’s face it, not many of us have enough space at home for a gym. It’s difficult enough finding somewhere to put your kitchen table, let alone a treadmill! But a shipping container could offer a viable solution. All you need is a little space at the bottom of your garden and some basic gym equipment, and it’s possible to stay fit – without ever having to leave the safety of home.


Example of shipping container gymExample of shipping container gym:


A well-equipped gym in a simple steel box

A ‘shipping container home gym’ does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s a gym inside a steel box. Installed in your back garden, the container essentially becomes an additional room – like a home extension – where you can set-up your favourite gym equipment and workout whenever you like.

Shipping containers are perfect for this kind of use and offer a wide range of benefits. For example:

1. Security

Due to the way they’re constructed, containers are naturally very strong and secure – offering a safe place to store your expensive gym equipment and apparatus. For added peace of mind, you can also choose to add a sturdy container padlock or lockbox to the design.

2. Weatherproof

Containers are made from galvanised steel and, as such, can withstand extreme weather conditions. Both heating and air conditioning facilities can also be installed. Which means, come rain or shine, you’ll be able to enjoy your shipping container gym – without having to brave the elements.

3. Spacious

They can be made to any size, from 6ft to 40ft long. It just depends on how much space is available in your garden. Larger shipping container gyms can easily accommodate a range of large equipment and can be used as an indoor work-out space. Whereas smaller shipping containers are a fantastic way to store your gym equipment and can open out into the garden for exercise.

4. Customisable

Shipping containers can be converted in any way to meet your personal training needs. For example, racks and bars can be added to hang weights and punch bags. An area can be fitted with non-slip vinyl for stretching. Various pieces of equipment can be secured to the floor. Whether you’re into HIIT training or prefer chilled-out yoga sessions, the container can be fully adapted to suit you.

5. No planning permission

In most cases, shipping container gyms do not require planning permission. They’re classed as a ‘temporary’ building and can be installed in your garden without involving the local authority.

6. Convenience

A shipping container gym creates a private training space in the comfort of your own home. There’s no need to book a slot or share gym equipment. You can simply train whenever you like, at a time that is convenient for you, and there’s no need to worry about expensive gym membership costs.


Shipping container that could be used to create a gym


Invest in your shipping container gym today

Think you could benefit from a shipping container gym?

There are two options available to you.

The first is to invest in a flat pack shipping container and fit it out yourself. These are a great option for small gardens (with restricted access) and could be exactly what you need to store your gym equipment and keep active at home. Alternatively, if you have a little more space to play with, a shipping container conversion could be a better option – in which a new or used shipping container is transformed into a home gym and customised to meet your individual training preferences.

Whichever option you choose, we can help – here at Gap Containers.

Not only do we supply empty shipping containers, we’re leading specialists in container conversions and always excited by the prospect of a new project. So, why not get in touch today?

To discuss your ideas with a member of the team – and take the first step towards a new shipping container home gym – simply give us a call on 0870 240 9405. Or send an email to and we’ll respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.


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