It’s getting cold out there. Depending on where you live, a garage gym may not even be an option because of your weather. I have heard horror stories of hands freezing to bars in northern Minnesota. Not sure if it is true, but that sounds painful. I am lucky enough to live in Texas, for the time being, so I don’t have to worry about it too much. However, it probably gets much colder in Texas than you would think. On the flip side I would rather have cold to deal with than the 130 degree garage I had over the summer. That was down right dangerous.
First things first. A cold garage may be uncomfortable but it is not really dangerous. Make sure you are getting your muscles thoroughly warm before you start working out. It will greatly decrease your chance of injury this winter.
That is the best thing about the cold, you can always put more on. I would not overdo it to where your range of motion will be severely hindered, but enough to be warm. There are a lot of good cold weather clothing options out there. I don’t know about you but it doesn’t matter the temperature…. I end up with my shirt off somewhere in every crossfit workout. Just so long as you keep the head covered and warm instead of wet and cold, you should be good.
This is a life saver, and a must in a lot of cases. A great way to use the space heater is to put it next to your bar bell or kettlebells while you warm up. This will make for a nice and toasty bar. It really is a great feeling. After the bar is ready you can move it wherever would make for the best circulation. Just FYI this thing looks BADASS!! Hey if you want to spoil yourself…GO FOR IT!!!
Insulate the Attic
If your garage gym is connected to your attic this is a great one. Don’t worry about measurements and getting too complicated. Add a good 8-12 inches of insulation to your attic and you will keep a warmer garage and save some money. Depending on how you heat your garage. Most people cannot seal their garage door off for the winter but if you can… try it out. I have never done that, so sorry no tips for sealing the garage door. If you have, please post to comments!!
You knew this was coming. Unless you are in some freaking ridiculous weather I see no reason why you cannot workout in your garage. Before you say “What does this Texan know about cold?” I should mention I lived in Canada for two years. I know cold.
My BEST advice for cold: Work Harder, Run Faster, and Lift Quicker.
Good Luck and stay warm!!!