Can Gym Equipment Be Left Outside? Weighing the Pros and Cons

When it comes to maintaining a home gym, a common question arises: is it safe to leave gym equipment outside? While the idea of having an outdoor gym may seem enticing, there are several factors to consider before making this decision. In this article, we will explore the advantages and disadvantages of leaving gym equipment outside, addressing crucial aspects such as durability, safety, maintenance, and the impact of weather conditions on your fitness equipment.

Advantages of Leaving Gym Equipment Outside:

  1. Maximizing Space Utilization: Leaving gym equipment outside offers an excellent solution for those with limited indoor space. Outdoor settings provide ample room for various types of fitness equipment, creating a diverse and expansive workout area.
  2. Embracing the Natural Ambience: Exercising outdoors provides a refreshing and invigorating experience. The natural surroundings, fresh air, and sunlight can boost motivation and elevate your overall workout performance.
  3. Cost-Effectiveness: If you have available outdoor space, setting up a home gym outside can be a cost-effective alternative to building a separate indoor gym room or paying for a gym membership.
  4. Embracing Nature’s Beauty: Exercising outside allows you to enjoy a change of scenery and connect with nature while working out, leading to increased enjoyment and consistency in your fitness routine.

Disadvantages of Leaving Gym Equipment Outside:

  1. Exposure to Weather Elements: One significant drawback of keeping gym equipment outside is its exposure to weather conditions. Rain, snow, extreme heat, and humidity can all damage the equipment, causing rust, fading, or material deterioration over time.
  2. Increased Maintenance Demands: Outdoor gym equipment requires regular and thorough maintenance to ensure longevity and safety. Cleaning, lubricating moving parts, and inspecting for signs of wear and tear are crucial tasks that need to be performed more frequently in an outdoor setting.
  3. Safety Concerns: Leaving gym equipment unattended outside can attract unwanted attention, posing a risk of theft or vandalism. Additionally, the risk of accidents may increase if the equipment is not securely placed on stable ground or becomes slippery due to wet weather conditions.
  4. Limited Usage during Extreme Weather: In regions with harsh weather conditions, such as heavy rain, snowstorms, or extreme heatwaves, it may become challenging or even unsafe to use the gym equipment outside, limiting your workout opportunities.

Maintenance Tips for Outdoor Gym Equipment:

  1. Regular Cleaning: Cleaning outdoor gym equipment at least once a week with mild soap and water helps remove dirt, grime, and potential corrosive substances, extending the lifespan of the equipment.
  2. Protective Covers: Investing in high-quality, weather-resistant covers for your gym equipment shields them from direct exposure to rain, snow, and UV rays when not in use.
  3. Lubrication: Regularly lubricate moving parts, such as treadmill belts and bike chains, to prevent rust and ensure smooth operation.
  4. Inspection and Repairs: Conduct routine inspections of all gym equipment to identify any signs of damage or wear. Promptly address any issues and make necessary repairs to maintain safety and performance.

While leaving gym equipment outside can be a viable option for some fitness enthusiasts, it comes with both advantages and disadvantages. Utilizing outdoor space, embracing nature, and saving costs are some of the benefits. However, exposure to weather elements, increased maintenance demands, safety concerns, and limited usability during extreme weather are significant drawbacks.

To ensure the longevity and performance of your outdoor gym equipment, meticulous maintenance, protective measures, and regular inspections are vital. Understanding the trade-offs between convenience and potential risks will help you make an informed decision about whether to set up your home gym outside or opt for an indoor solution.

64 Fitness Gifts For People That Workout And Have Home Gyms

Getting gifts for the fitness lover in your life can be tricky, especially when it feels like they have everything under the sun. When they’re not working out in their decked out home gym, they’re trying out the newest supplements and rehab accessories. Luckily, here at Griffin we’ve compiled our list of gift ideas for fitness lovers and gym goers alike. Even better, we have a wide range of ideas to fit every budget. Here’s 61 fitness gift ideas:

1. BANDS – $49

Pull-up bands aka resistance bands are extremely versatile. They can be used for various workouts, stretching, and rehabilitation. Lots of people use them for pull-up assistance or adding increased tension with barbell work. Getting the whole bundle makes gifting so much easier.

2. BUMPER PLATES – $49-$675

Upgrade their plates with new bumpers! Nothing motivates someone more than a new, matching set of plates. Whether it’s black bumper plates or competition bumper plates, every gym owner needs these. These are sold in pairs and sets.

3. KETTLEBELLS – $32-$97

One of the most versatile pieces of equipment in any gym is the kettlebell. Give them the best of the best by choosing a kettlebell that has single-piece casting and smooth black powder coat finish for grip, durability, and protection. Even better ours have color-coded handles for easy differentiation. Get them one, or get them a whole set. These will always be used.

4. BENCH – $165-$395

Having a solid bench is key for any gym. The best part is that our benches are all rated for 1,000lbs+ weight capacity and are easily moved around. A great starting point would be the Adjustable FID Bench (flat, incline, decline) or Competition Flat Bench.

5. NEW RACK – $820-$1,135

Spoil that special someone with a new rack that allows them to do so much more with less. For smaller spaces, a squat stand or half rack is recommended. For those that are looking for something extra beefy and future proof, the GR3 Power Rack and GR3 Lite Power Rack are the best choices, not to mention the endless amount of attachments that are available for each.

6. RACK ATTACHMENTS – $30-$150

If they have a rack, get them some functional attachments. For 3×3″ power racks with 1″ holes, visit our GR3 attachments. For 3×3″ power racks with 5/8″ holes see our Lite attachments.


Whether it’s working out or lounging around, get your special someone a classic Griffin shirt or hoodie.


Maybe you know what they want, but you’re not quite sure exactly which item they want. A Griffin gift card if perfect for anyone that is looking to add another piece to their gym or is planning on upgrading in the new year. Give the gift of choice.


9. MASSAGE GUN – $40-$200

There are lots of brands out there, but massage guns are great for active rest days and post workout recovery to get rid of any tightness, tensions, and knots in a few seconds. Most sets even come with multiple heads, a carrying case, and are rechargeable

10. FOAM ROLLER – $9-$40

Everyone needs a roller, whether you’re into yoga or a powerlifter. Foam rollers are great because there are so many kinds to choose from and can be used for recovery or warmup. For those trying to save space, a compact roller works great. They also make ones with various patterns to penetrate deep knots.


Choosing the right wireless earbuds can be hard. That’s why we recommend this list. Be sure to ask and get a better idea of what they prefer. Some like completely wireless while other like the ones that run behind the neck. Either way, these are great for both inside and outside the gym.


Maybe they’re not into wireless headphones or earbuds. That’s why a wireless speaker is the way to go. One thing to consider is if they already have a smart home system like Google or Alexa.Then you can buy speakers that are compatible with those systems. If not, check out this list. Our personal favorites are Sonos and Bose speakers.

13. BLENDER – $25-$300

Give the gift of a great blender. These are great for protein shakes, smoothies, soups, sauces, cauliflower rice, and more. Our personal favorite is the Vitamix with a personal cup adapter, where you can make your drink directly in the blender. Honestly, the whole family benefits from one of these.


Every fitness junkie loves to track how much they move. Get them an Apple watch, Fitbit tracker, Whoop, or Garmin. All of these are great options to track steps, calories burned, and some even allow you to track your sleep quality.

15. CHANGE PLATES – $15-$200

Every lifter could use more change plates. They may have whole sets of 45s, but change plates are something a lot of people don’t have. An added bonus is that these are great for kids that are looking to train.


Get your special someone a high quality speed rope or a weighted jump rope for those that are looking for a challenge. Check out this list.

17. PLYO BOX – $38-$150

For those crossfit and HIIT lovers, plyo boxes make great additions to any setup. Whether it’s box jumps or step ups, you can choose from wooden or foam boxes. We recommend getting a plyo box that has multiple heights for ultimate versatility.


For those that need the extra push or just enjoy a class environment. There are virtual memberships/classes from companies like Peloton, SoulCycle, NordicTrack, Nike, FitBit, Shred, and more. These are great gifts because it gives them an opportunity to see if they like the platform and to try something new.


Shirts, tank tops, workout shorts, weightlifting shoes, headbands, vests, jackets, hoodies, leggings, and hats are all good bets. Just make sure to ask for sizing and make sure the apparel suits their training style.  


Maybe clothing is a bit risky. Another great gift would be food subscriptions. There are meal prep companies, meal kits, smoothie subscriptions, protein subscriptions, and more. Get creative, but generally with fitness folks (and health conscious ones at that), all of these make great gifts without having to pick exactly what to get them.

21. CUSTOM LIFTING BELT – $20-$100+

For anyone that lifts some serious weight, get them a custom lifting belt. Getting their name, their favorite slogan, or their gym name makes for a thoughtful surprise. If you want to be safe, getting a lifting belt that’s in their favorite color works as well! We recommend asking for their size first.


When the going gets rough (with hard to reach spots), a self massager gets the job done. It’s easy to tuck away and helps with stubborn knots on the shoulders and back. This one’s a best seller on Amazon.

23. DUMBBELLS – $30-$700

Get a few or a whole set. Anyone that works out needs dumbbells at some point. If you really want to splurge, get them adjustable dumbbells to save the most space. And if they already have dumbbells, get them a rack––they’ll appreciate it.

24. BARBELL COLLARS – $10-$60

Barbell collars are great if you know they already have a bunch of equipment. Everyone could use more collars. Want some brownie points? Get ones with magnets so they can slap it on their rack.


Compression socks have great benefits for blood flow and isolation, but they also protect shins when deadlifting. Grab them a pair of plain ones or get creative with cool designs/patterns.


This is  a great stocking stuffer item and everyone can appreciate it. Working on grip is important for all lifters and crossfitters alike.

27. AB ROLLER – $14-$40

Ab rollers are small and compact, yet very effective tools for ab work. We’ve even seen people throw these in luggage and take them on vacation for a quick hotel workout.

28. WRIST STRAPS – $11-$40

For the powerlifter in your life, wrist straps make great stocking stuffers. These vary by style and material, and are easily affordable. They also make wrist straps for crossfitters that do pull-up/gymnastic exercises.

29. ARM AND KNEE SLEEVES – $10-$90

Give the gift of support. Help them reach new PR’s with arm and/or knee sleeves. Another great stocking stuffer idea.

30. GYMNASTIC RINGS – $26-$60

Versatile and easy to install, these are great for people that do crossfit and more gymnastic movements. 

31. MASSAGE BALL SET – $10-$50

Like a self massager or massage gun, these massage balls are great for getting sore spots or knots. They’re easy to carry around and some even stick to multiple surfaces.

32. BATTLE ROPES – $50-$130

There are battle ropes of all sizes and lengths. We recommend getting some with sleeves so the rope doesn’t wear out over time.

33. WORKOUT LOG – $5-$15

A workout log or journal lets you track your progress and workouts. These make great references for those that want to look back and see how far they’ve come. Take it a step further but customizing it with their initials or the year.


Like an ab roller, sliders are great for ab workouts and are easy to throw into a bag to take anywhere. 


Chalk is something everyone always runs out of. Extra points if you get a chalk holder that can attach to their rack or stand.

36. AB MAT – $17-$50

Help a loved one protect their back and tailbone when performing situps. These are a must and don’t take up a lot of space.


Whether it’s a roll-on ointment, cream, or oil, CBD has some benefits for pain relief.

38. SLAM BALLS – $25-$90

These are perfect for any athlete. Slam balls can be used for overhead lunges, ball slams, push-ups, bear crawls, Russian twists, squat throws, thrusters, air squats, sit-ups, and more.


LIke slam balls, medicine balls are just as versatile and are meant to be thrown against a wall. Great for strength and conditioning.

40. DIP BELT – $16-$65

Ideal for weightlifing, crossfit, bodybuilding, pullups, and tricep dips. Belts allow more weight to be added in the form of plates.

41. SANDBAG – $28-$150

Workout sandbags are perfect for crossfit and high interval training. These usually come with multiple handles and can be slammed, tossed, dragged, and beaten up. 

42. TIMER – $20-$110

A multi-functional gym timer can be programmed to any workout program, whether it be interval training or weightlifting. These all come with remotes for easy programming.

43. BLOWER – $50-$300

Every home gym needs regular cleaning and what better way to do that than with a blower? A true garage gym staple.

44. AIRFRYER – $44-$180

Eating healthy is much easier with an air fryer. Eliminate fat from fried foods and reduce cooking times drastically with this helpful appliance.


Get them a motivational banner, flag, or poster. And if they have a name for their gym, get a custom one made.

46. DEADLIFT JACK – $20-$150

Make deadlifts easier by getting them a jack. There are basic ramps and jacks, but you can also get a full deadlift jack if they have the space.

47. SHOES – $60-$120

Get them some running, weightlifing, crossfit, or training shoes. Some crowd favorites include Nike and Reebok.


If they already have a bunch of bands and belts, then get them a hook system that can be attached to a wall or to their rack. Maximizing space and storage makes working out much easier when bands and belts are accessible.


Switch up a workout routine with a punching bag and gloves. If you want to get them the whole package, don’t forget hand wraps. 

50. PUSHUP HANDLES – $12-$70

If they’re really tight on space, pushup handles are compact and easy to put away. Get stationary handles or ergonomic ones that rotate. Either way, everyone could get their pushups dialed in.

51. MINI FRIDGE – $100-$200

Give the gift of cold drinks. Whether it’s water, pre-workout, or protein, a mini fridge is a simple luxury and one that will be used for the years to come.

52. YOGA MAT – $12-$40

Great for floor work, yoga, or kids, yoga mats are great for gyms and in-person classes. Great stocking stuffer and there are many kinds: cork, memory foam, etc. Pair a yoga mat with a yoga block.

53. BARBELL STORAGE – $28-$130

Barbell storage comes in many forms. There are floor stands, wall-mounted, and rack-mounted. Be sure to account for their specialty bars when choosing storage. If you’re not sure, get them a gift card to their favorite store.

54. PLATE STORAGE – $37-$240

We recommend taking into account the amount and kind of plates that they have. 


Have someone with a cable machine or lat/low row machine? Gift them one attachment or a whole set attachments so they can fully utilize their machine.

56. CHAINS – $80-$150

Have a powerlifter in your life? Give them a challenge and make them look extra badass with chains.

57. LANDMINE POST – $27-$50

Landmine posts are great for those without landmines attached to their rack. These are easy to assemble and you only need to insert it into a stack of weight plates.

58. HAT – $5-$25

A hat can never go wrong. Get one from one of their favorite brands or one with a quote they can appreciate.


Barbell maintenance is key. Get them a kit to use every week that they have to clean and oil up their barbells to prevent rust. 

60. WEIGHTED VEST – $27-$150

Give them an extra challenge when running or working out. Get them a standard weighted vest or grab one that allows them to load the front and back with plates. 


Like a foam roller or massage gun, a muscle roller stick helps ease and condition muscle soreness, aid recovery, reduce stiffness/pain before and after workouts. This is a great stocking stuffer.

62. SILICONE RING – $8-$15

Metal rings are painful and make it virtually impossible to workout without getting injured. That’s why silicone rings make perfect wedding bands for your significant other.

63. SLED HARNESS – $15-$80

A sled harness is a simple way to build explosive power and speed in the lower body. These are pretty easy to set up and they can either use a person or a sled to add resistance.


This is definitely very excessive, but hey, if you want to really treat someone…an ice machine takes the cake.