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    Shipping container gym


    Shipping container gym

    Since their meteoric rise in popularity during the COVID-19 lockdowns, the shipping container gym conversion has yet to fall out of fashion.

    With ample space and a convenient location, a personal workout space in a shipping container is the ideal way to squeeze in fitness alongside your busy schedule and achieve your work and well-being goals.

    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.

    What are shipping container gyms?

    A container gym does exactly what it says on the tin – it’s a gym inside a steel shipping container.

    Whether it’s installed in your back garden, on your unused parking space, or a driveway, the container essentially becomes an additional room – like a home extension – where you can set up your favourite gym equipment and work out whenever you like.

    Forget expensive commercial gyms and personal trainers with specific operating hours, you work out according to your schedule – be that first thing in the morning before work, after you’ve put the kids to bed, or even late at night to help aid a restful sleep.

    In your own shipping container gym, you can do it all.

    Benefits of shipping container gym conversions

    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.

    As they are extremely versatile, shipping container home gyms offer a wide range of benefits, including:

    Increased security

    Made of industrial strength Corten steel and their super-strong construction, modal containers are extremely strong and secure – offering a safe place to store your expensive and heavy gym equipment and apparatus.

    For added peace of mind, you can also choose to add a sturdy container padlock or lockbox to the design.


    Containers are made from galvanised steel and were originally designed to withstand extreme weather conditions during decades of use, from blistering sunshine to torrential downpours.

    For this reason, used shipping containers have years of life left and, come rain or shine, you’ll be able to achieve your fitness goals – without having to factor in travel time or brave the elements.


    A standard shipping container comes in a range of sizes, from 6ft to 40ft long, so your home gym design is only limited by how much space is available in your garden.

    Smaller container gyms are more cost-effective and are a fantastic way to securely store your gym equipment close at hand, using your outdoor space to work out.

    Larger containers, however, can easily accommodate a home gym filled with larger equipment and include storage options as well as a flooring solution for exercise.

    Vast customisation options

    Converting shipping containers is an excellent way to meet your personal training needs, thanks to their almost endless customisation options.

    This includes everything from crafting a bespoke layout or flooring shape by joining multiple containers, to adding services like lighting, heating and air conditioning, changing doors and putting in windows.

    To aid your workouts, racks and bars can be added to hang weights and punch bags, flooring can be fitted with non-slip vinyl for stretching, and heavy gym equipment can be secured to the floor for increased safety.

    Whatever you’re into, shipping container gyms can be fully adapted to suit you.

    There’s no need for planning permission

    In most cases, shipping container gyms do not require planning permission from your local council as they are classed as temporary structures.

    This means they can normally be installed in your garden without involving the local authority – but we would always recommend checking to be on the safe side.

    Giving you your own space for wellness, exercise, and me-time.

    How are shipping container gyms crafted?

    If you are looking to create your own gym at home, there are two options available to you.

    The first is to invest in a flat-pack shipping container and fit it out yourself – if you know how to, of course.

    These are a great option for small gardens with restricted access and could be exactly what you need to skip the personal trainer and keep active at home on your own terms.

    Alternatively, if you have a little more space to play with, a shipping container conversion could be a better option.

    During this process, a new or used container is transformed into a home gym and customised to meet your individual training preferences.

    No matter which option suits you best, why not contact the team today for more information?

    Fed up paying for a personal trainer or gym membership?

    Here at Gap Containers, we can help create your perfect home gym container – in the most cost-effective way.

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

    To discuss your ideas with a member of the team today – and ask any nagging container-based questions – simply give us a call on 0870 240 9405 .

    Alternatively, you can send an email to and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

    Can I pay for my shipping container gym using monthly payments?

    If you are interested in a shipping container gym conversion but are worried about the potential price, you might put off speaking to an expert.

    However, thanks to our experienced team of in-house converters, we are well used to working with all budgets and designs – all of which is completed free of charge.

    To save time worrying, we encourage all of our customers to pick up the phone and have a conversation with the team, so we can come up with a container solution that is suitable for both our needs and your preferred budget.

    We can also discuss payment with you at this time.

    You can reach out to our friendly and experienced office staff today by calling 0870 240 9405 or filling in our enquiry form – we’ll get back to you at our next convenience.

    Are shipping container gyms durable enough inside for heavy gym equipment?

    Unlike commercial gyms which are sometimes less durable and sustain damage thanks to a focus on design and aesthetics, the same can’t be said for a home gym.

    With walls, doors, and a floor constructed from heavy-duty Corten steel, no matter the weight of the machine you want to use, it is the ideal solution.

    Corten steel is widely used in the shipping industry thanks to a vast range of benefits, including:

    Anti-corrosive properties – which will keep it standing strong and weatherproof for decades.

    Increased weight capacity – designed to be filled with cargo and lifted from ships to docks across the world, containers can hold vast weights and remain strong.

    For example, the maximum gross weight of a 10ft container is 11,300kg – far heavier than even a whole room of weight equipment could be.

    Higher strength capabilities – thanks to a tensile strength of 68-78 KSI, Corten steel is capable of withstanding greater forces before buckling or breaking.

    If you have any further questions, feel free to give us a call on 0870 240 9405.

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