Best Man Cave Gym Ideas for Your Home

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Get ready to take your fitness to the next level with these great man cave gym ideas for your home!


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Whether you’re looking for the perfect place to build a full-fledged gym or just add a few pieces of gym equipment and weight sets to your man cave, these ideas will transform your space into the ultimate modern man cave gym and a great addition to your home.


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If you are a reader of the blog, you know we covered creating a man cave bar on a budget in a previous post.

Now, we are looking at a great addition to that very same man cave in the form of a themed man cave gym.


RELATED POST: Check out this related post, Man Cave Home Bar on a Budget for more great man cave ideas.




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What is a Man Cave?

First things first – what is a man cave?

By definition, a man cave is a room or other part of a home, that is used by a man as a place to relax and pursue hobbies and often, a way to escape the rest of the house and (maybe) family.

Man Cave Game Room Area


It can be used as a place to enjoy a good time while watching your favorite teams play or relax after a long day.

A man cave is often known to be a man’s own space and is very popular to use as a lounge area, a place to display sports memorabilia, enjoy a pool table, a home theater, or even a poker table.

It can be added to any available space in the home like a basement, rec room, man cave shed, wine cellar, or even a man cave garage.

Man Cave Fireplace Rec Area


A good idea for adding a man cave is looking for under-used spaces (like even a home office) that can be converted into a man cave and is often the perfect way to watch the big game on a big screen tv, play video games, feature display cases, play arcade games, and enjoy a man’s own personal space.

Man Cave Rec Area


There are many ways to utilize a man cave like adding a seating area for friends and family to gather and watch sporting events, listen to a sound system, adding some wooden bar stools at a man cave bar, or even using it as a game room for slot machines and fun.


What is a Man Cave Gym?

Now that we’ve covered what a man cave is – now we can look at what a man cave gym is.

Basically, a man cave gym is an area of the home that is dedicated to fitness and physical wellness.

Man Cave Gym with Mats and Elliptical


This can be added to an existing ultimate man cave and take up only a portion of a man cave or alternatively, it can take up the entire space of the man cave and be the focal point and theme of the area.


What Are Some Benefits of a Man Cave Gym?

Do you have a hard time making it to your local gym? Always feel like there are never enough hours in the day for fitness?

Then converting a room into a man cave gym can be the perfect solution to many physical fitness roadblocks.

Man Cave Gym with Motivation


Some of the best man cave ideas for adding a gym include:

  • Being able to work out in the comfort of your own home
  • Save time by avoiding a commute to a gym
  • Get to your home gym with little effort to help motivation
  • Save money on a pricy gym membership
  • Adding your favorite gym equipment or basic tools to fitness
  • Having your own adjustable dumbbells, bench press, and fitness equipment customized to your needs
  • Add your own large screen tv to watch what you want while working out
  • Increase physical fitness on your own time
  • Privacy to workout

In addition, creating a man cave gym is a great way to make your home more inviting and comfortable to facilitate physical fitness and a good reason to work out.


You also get to select:

  • Man cave gym decor ideas that are personalized
  • A theme for the dedicated space to fit you
  • Situate the gym equipment where you want



How Do You Get Started Creating a Man Cave Gym?

Before you set out to build your man cave gym, there are a few things you’ll need to consider.

Man Cave Gym with Weights and Weight Bench


  • First, you’ll need to decide on the size and layout of your gym. Depending on the amount of space you have available, you may want to consider building a full-fledged gym or just adding a few pieces of equipment.
  • Next, you’ll also need to consider your budget. How much money do you have available to spend on equipment? It’s important to set a budget before you start shopping so that you don’t overspend.
  • Finally, you’ll need to decide on the type of equipment you want. It’s important to select equipment that is safe and suitable for your fitness level.



What Steps Are There to Designing a Man Cave Gym?


Now that you’ve got a plan in place, it’s time to start designing your man cave gym.

The first step is to measure the space you have available. This will help you determine the size and layout of your gym.

Man Cave Gym with Wall machine


In addition, you’ll want to consider the type of flooring you’ll need.

One great idea, and may want to be an investment, is for a shock-absorbent mat or other types of rubber flooring to protect your floor from heavy equipment.


Another great option is hardwood flooring for both function and style.

You’ll also need to decide on the type of lighting you’ll need. Depending on the kind of man cave you have, and where it is located will determine if natural light is available.

If the man cave gym is in the basement, or you’re using a man cave garage gym as the area, you may also want to invest in some overhead lighting or wall lighting.

Finally, you’ll want to decide the best option for the man cave decor in general.



What should you buy first when building a man cave gym for your home?

The first thing you should buy is the equipment to outfit your man cave gym.

Man Cave Gym with Elliptical


When it comes to choosing the right equipment for your man cave gym, it’s important to consider your fitness goals, budget, and desire for the space.

If you’re looking to build muscle, you’ll want to invest in some free weights or heavy weights, such as dumbbells, barbells, and kettlebells.


You may also want to invest in a weight bench and/or power rack.

Perhaps you would like to add a punching bag as well.


In addition, if you’re looking to build cardio endurance, you’ll want to invest in a treadmill or stationary bike.

A better option for budgets is to purchase a jump rope, skipping rope, and/or resistance bands.


Perhaps you’re looking to improve your flexibility and balance – then you’ll want to invest in a yoga mat, foam roller, and/or balance board.


As an added bonus, some unique ideas focused on a more laid-back man cave gym would be adding a golf simulator, a miniature bowling alley, or creating easy access from a man cave to a swimming pool.



How Can You Maximize Space in the Man Cave Gym?


Perhaps you’ve decided the best place for the man cave gym is to use only a small portion of the man cave.

So, if you’re limited on space, there are different ways to maximize the area.

Here are a few suggestions for a small man cave gym:

What are Some Ideas for Decorating a Man Cave Gym?

One of the best things about having a man cave gym is that you can get creative and make it your own.

Man Cave Gym with Punching Bag


This area is a great place to really showcase your personality and create whatever style you want.

You could do a modern vibe, a vintage feel, or even theme it around something off-the-wall like comic books.

While there are countless ideas to complete your man cave gym, a good option is to compile a list of your favorite things and go from there.


Some things to add to the man cave gym include:

  • Motivational posters to keep you motivated during your workouts
  • Sports memorabilia for a personal vibe
  • Wall mirrors to help you keep track of your form when doing exercises
  • Fun artwork (like vintage signs) to add some color and personality to your gym
  • Plants will add some greenery to your gym to help create a calming atmosphere
  • Lighting (maybe even a neon sign) will help set the tone of your man cave gym




How to Stay Motivated in a Man Cave Gym?

If it’s been a long time since you’ve worked out, it can be a challenge to make the conversion from a relaxing man cave to a man cave gym.

In addition, it might be tempting to just sit down at a man cave bar, watch some tv and relax, however, a good choice is to utilize your new man cave gym.

Man Cave Gym with Upright Equipment on Wall


Here are some tips for staying motivated in your man cave gym:

  • Set realistic goals for yourself and track your progress
  • Mix it up with different exercises and routines to keep your workouts interesting
  • A better way to stay motivated is by listening to music
  • The best part of a man cave gym is shared with friends – invite a buddy over



How Do You Keep a Man Cave Gym Organized?

Once you’ve got your man cave gym set up, it’s important to keep it organized.

Here are some of the best ideas for keeping your man cave gym organized:

  • Invest in storage solutions such as shelving units and bins, to keep your gym organized
  • Label all of your equipment and items so you know where everything belongs
  • Make sure to clean up after each workout to keep your gym looking its best
  • Use a schedule for when you plan to use each piece of equipment to stay on track and maximize your time




Final Thoughts

In recent years, creating a man cave gym has become very popular. A man cave gym is a great way to take your fitness to the next level while allowing your personality and style to show through.

With a few simple steps and some creative ideas, you can transform your man cave into a man cave gym that you’ll love for years to come.

So, what are you waiting for? Get started today and transform your home into the perfect man cave gym!


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Do you have a man cave gym at your home? What man cave gym ideas for your home can you add to the list? Let me know in the comments!

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81 thoughts on “Best Man Cave Gym Ideas for Your Home”

  1. I’d be looking for stuff for more of a ‘she shed’, but that doesn’t mean some of this stuff can’t go in there too! Plus there are a lot of neat ideas in this post I could pass along to my dad. Thank you so much for sharing this!

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      • Hi there!

        I’m glad you like the man cave gym ideas. Hopefully one day you are able to add one to your home.

        Thank you for reading!

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    • Hi Whitney!

      I love the idea of a she shed! I’m looking into adding one at my home, too!

      Thank you for reading!

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  2. This is a great post! ☺️ I know my husband wishes he could have a man cave, but it would probably be a gaming room. That would make a great follow up post to this one! 😉

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  3. I don’t know why I always imagine a man cave to be in the basement 😂

    Thanks for clarifying that a man cave can be an under-used space anywhere in the house and not just a finished basement.

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    • Hi Nadia!

      I know what you mean – I always think of a man cave in a basement as well. They can be a versatile area, though!

      Thank you for reading!

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    • Well this one looks amazing, Thanks for sharing..

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  4. I’m loving these awesome Man Cave ideas. My favorite is the Man Cave Gym. Totally have to share this article with my husband.

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    • Hi Dominique!

      I’m so excited you love and think the man cave gym ideas area awesome! I hope your husband enjoys the post!

      Thank you for reading!

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  5. This is a really cool idea, I’ve always wanted a home gym and plan to have one when I get the space! The rubber looking flooring is such a great idea!

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    • Hi Katherine!

      I’m excited you found the man cave gym ideas cool. I really like the rubber flooring, too.

      Thank you for reading!

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  6. These are helpful ideas for the man cave my son in law wants to create. I will pass this post on to him.

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    • Hi Susan!

      I hope your son-in-law is able to utilize some of these man cave gym ideas for his home.

      Thank you for reading!

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    • Hi Deanna!

      I’m glad you found the man cave gym ideas great. Home gyms are fun!

      Thank you for reading!

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  7. My husband’s home office doubles as his man cave. He loves it! Lately, we’ve been tossing around the idea of making a home gym area in our home, so your tips and ideas are super helpful! Thank you for sharing!

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    • Hi Heather!

      Adding a home gym in an area of the home is a great idea! I hope you’re able to enjoy one soon.

      Thank you for reading!

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    • Hi Amanda!

      I hope you are able to add a man cave gym in your future house.

      Thank you for reading!

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  8. I love these man cave gym ideas. Your posts are always so informative. Thank you for the creative inspiration and giving me something to think about.

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    • Hi Lisa!

      I appreciate the compliment on the posts being so informative. I really appreciate it!

      Thank you for reading!

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  9. My husband would love this! Thanks for sharing!

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    • Hi Kirsten!

      I hope your husband is able to enjoy a man cave gym and the ideas from the post.

      Thank you for reading!

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    • Hi Jen!

      I’m excited you found the man cave gym ideas to be great!

      Thank you for reading!

      Reply
  10. We don’t currently have a man cave gym but will be moving soon. We want one for the new house. I love the ideas!

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    • Hi Brooke!

      I hope you are able to enjoy a man cave gym at your new home!

      Thank you for reading!

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    • Hi there!

      I’m excited you found the man cave gym ideas to be brilliant and great.

      Thank you for reading!

      Reply
  11. Love these man cave gym ideas! I go regularly to the gym but it would be great to have a gym at home! 🙂 Unfortunately, not enough space…

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    • Hi Hadassah!

      I’m excited you love the man cave gym ideas.

      Thank you for reading!

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  12. This is interesting and loves the interior design of this. And it has more activities than just gym and work out.

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    • Hi Fransic!

      I really loved the idea of combining the man cave gym with a recreational space, too. I’m excited you found the interior design interesting.

      Thank you for reading!

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  13. Great ideas for man cave gyms, interesting read with lots of detail. thanks!

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    • Hi Toni!

      I’m excited you found the man cavy gym ideas to be interesting and detailed.

      Thank you for reading!

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  14. This post is full of really wonderful man cave ideas! Thanks for sharing how to maximize man cave gym space as well!

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    • Hi Courtney!

      I’m glad you found the man cave gym ideas wonderful.

      Thank you for reading!

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  15. This is great, I think I would love something like this for my husband – especially to have his own personal space. Thanks for sharing! Man caves seem quite cool

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    • Hi Nia!

      I hope your husband is able to try out a man cave or a man cavy gym. My husband loves having his own space, too!

      Thank you for reading!

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  16. Hi Debbie, awesome info on creating a man cave. I know that I told you about a Pinterest group, and there’s also FB groups of man caves! You might be able to share there.

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    • Hi Julie!

      Thank you so much for the tip to share along the man cave ideas!

      Thank you for reading!

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  17. We already have a workout room. But I need motivational posters and signs to make it feel more “man cave” for my husband. Thank you for the ideas.

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    • Hi Carrie!

      I hope your husband enjoys some motivational posters and signs in the gym.

      Thank you for reading!

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  18. Just in time for the New Year! We were just talking about upgrading our seldom used ‘man cave’ to something the people in my house will use. Those motivational posters would dress it up a little.

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    • Hi Stephanie!

      I hope you are able to add some fun ideas to your man cave!

      Thank you for reading!

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  19. An informative post with brilliant ideas, I really love, the man cave idea and would wish to have one in my future home.

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    • Hi nimoramsey!

      I’m excited you found the man cave gym ideas brilliant and informative!

      Thank you for reading!

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  20. This is perfect for those who have New Years goals of working out more! 🏋️‍♀️

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    • Hi Julie!

      I agree! Always fun to add a new gym to the home for a new year!

      Thanks for reading!

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  21. I sent this to my daughter they are building a gym in their garage.

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    • Hi Rena!

      I hope your daughter enjoys the man cave gym ideas for her garage!

      Thanks for reading!

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  22. I guess my woman cave is my Pilates studio and I have several pieces you mentioned plus my Pilates equipment 🙂

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    • Hi Heike!

      A woman’s cave is perfect, too! I love the idea of a Pilates studio!

      Thank you for reading!

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  23. This post is great! I love all the tips and advice on how to turn a space into the perfect man cave gym. It’s important to have an area where you can focus on your workouts without any distractions, and these ideas will definitely help to create a great environment. Thanks for this awesome blog post!

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    • Hi Julie!

      I’m so excited you love the tips in the man cave gym ideas post. I totally agree – it’s important to have a designated area for wellness without outside distractions.

      Thank you for reading!

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  24. so inspiring to make a man cave gym for the dad. this way you don’t need to go out and spend money when you want to work out.

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    • Hi Tweenselmom!

      It can be a huge savings to add a man cave gym right in your home. Outside gyms with membership fees can add up over time!

      Thank you for reading!

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  25. The Man cave gym is a fantastic idea ! Never knew the name though. But why man cave? We can have a woman cave as well. 🙂
    But really it’s truly a place for relaxing and recreational activities.
    Thanks for sharing.

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    • Hi Vasudevan!

      I completely agree! A woman cave works well – although I love the nickname “she shed.” I’m working on some she shed ideas in future posts, too!

      Thank you for reading!

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  26. Nnniiiccceeeee….just a little unused space and we can form a gym for ourselves! I love this! Thanks for sharing about it.

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    • Hi Ntensibe!

      I’m glad you found the man cave gym ideas nice! You don’t need much room to create a great home gym!

      Thank you for reading!

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  27. I love these gym ideas! My husband needs to move more, and I`m considering buying him a sporty gift. Valentine’s Day is coming, and Ill try to organize his gym corner in the basement. Thank you for tips!

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    • Hi Olga!

      That is a fabulous idea for your husband for Valentine’s Day! You don’t need much room for a gym – your husband will love it!

      Thank you for reading!

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  28. My husband has been wanting to build his man cave gym in the garage for some time now. These are great ideas and I think its time he gets his own space.

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    • Hi Elizabeth!

      I’m so glad you found the man cave gym ideas to be great. The garage is a perfect place to create his own space!

      Thank you for reading!

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    • Hi Khoingn!

      I’m glad you found the man cave gym ideas great. You can squeeze a home gym in a tiny room – but I’m sure a bigger house would be great for you, too.

      Thank you for reading!

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  29. WOW! SO many great ideas for gym. Thanks

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    • Hi Kushigalu!

      You are very welcome! I’m so excited you thought the man cave gym ideas were great.

      Thank you for reading!

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  30. Helpful info. I would love to create this for my older sons.

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  31. These are some nice-looking man caves. I would love to make one of these for my husband.

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  32. This is so great. I wish we could have one! Giving me great ideas for the future..

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  33. I’m not a fan of the gym but this article is truly helpful, thank you for sharing!

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  34. Thank you for all of the ideas! One thing to keep in mind is choosing low VOC flooring to have cleaner air and protect the lungs while working out. Running a HEPA Air Filter can also help purify air in home gym spaces.

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  35. This is a really good idea. I don’t like gym very much but I like physical exercise. The home gym idea is the best for gym lovers.

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