Anyone convert their garage into a gym?

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Created October 29, 2011 at 5:48 PM

I have a 3 car garage and want to use part of it as a gym. I really only think I need the basics as I stick to power/Olympic movements and do a lot of cross fit football style workouts. I already have a great treadmill and 3 kettle bells(25, 35, 45). What do you think the best economic equipment choices would work for my home gym situation? I'm pretty strong so I feel I would need a decent amount of weight to hit some of my 1RM. Any bulk packages out there?

Also, any suggestions for other items I woul need like mats, platforms, boxes, heaters, air conditioners, etc?


on October 30, 2011
at 02:50 PM

Oh jealous! I live in an apartment in NY so space is an issue but have managed a few things when I'm not at my CF joint. I use my speed rope in the hallway. Handstands and wall walk ups. Pushups and hollow rocks, squats - body weight stuff. I have a set of dumbells for thrusters and such. Just installed a pullup bar in my bathroom, the only door ledge that would work. Enjoy!

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on October 29, 2011
at 06:38 PM

Suggest you be very clear about two things:

Is the area you propose to dedicate to the gym, going to be large enough to use the equipment? And are you sure you don't need that garage space for other purposes? If so, then ask:

Are you confident that working out at home is preferable to gym?

I had a home indoor gym at one point, and a garage indoor gym at at another time. Eventually I realized I missed, and liked, working out at a public gym. Serious public gyms where people actually lift, rather than sit around on big rubber balls pretending to do something useful related to their "core."

I'm back at the gym these days, and my home is free of athletic equipment. This works best for me. I should add: I have a home office, thus work at home. I need excuses to get out!

If you're sure about the home gym, then be sure your garage is big enough so you're not cramped moving among equipment.


on October 29, 2011
at 06:16 PM

Gymnastic rings! With a set of these you can:

  • Muscle Up
  • Body Lever
  • Archer Fly
  • Ring Split

And that is just a start. Get yourself over to Gymanstic Bodies for more ideas! As for legs, sprinting and pistols require no kit. You might want to fill a sandbag for some lift and carry moves.

I have no ventilation (apart form opening my garage door) and no heating apart from hard work. Works for me year round in the UK. I don't care to be comfortable, just to put in some hard work.


on October 30, 2011
at 07:54 PM

I turned my detached garage into a woodshop/weightlifting room. Mostly just a power rack (power tech), homemade cable systems, some weights and an adjustable bench. I've really gotten into the "make your own equipment" mindset and wish I would have tried to build my own squat rack, oh well, it's a good one.

I don't do cardio though. Like the primal blueprint fitness plan, I lift heavy things, walk at a moderate pace a lot, and sprint once a week. I rather enjoy sprints, but I don't do it here at home, I run up to the local school.


on October 30, 2011
at 01:25 PM

No, I converted my garage into a hangar to build an airplane!



on October 29, 2011
at 08:35 PM

If you can afford it, I suggest that you think seriously about including a rowing machine in your gym.


on October 29, 2011
at 06:10 PM

I would install a nice, solid chin-up bar. All you need is three segments of pipe, a few tools, and decent DIY construction skills.



on October 29, 2011
at 05:52 PM

I converted my basement living room. There is a bench, treadmill, television, and mat down there. The mat is useful for ab workouts. The downside is poor ventilation.

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