This 3rd iteration of my home gym is AWESOME!!! (scroll down for earlier versions)
- We moved
- The new house has an actual garage
- I put in good rubber floors (horse-mats from Tractor Supply Co)
- I built wooden stall-bars for stretches
- I got a smaller standing desk
- I have SO MUCH ROOM for activities
- So much more room
- Stall-bars are helpful for stretches (I started gymnasticsbodies.com)
- The house-walls are well insulated & basically soundproof
- The squat cage is much more stable now that I’ve mounted it to the concrete (as opposed to plywood)
- No HVAC in the garage, I’ll need to figure that out when it gets hot
- I had a home office / gym
- I got my wife pregnant
- The room became a nursery, but the equipment didn’t just disappear…
- I now have an office / gym / bedroom (and a cool wife who hasn’t murdered me yet).
I have some regrets… but it’s still kind-of awesome!
I decided that I want a home gym.
I visited my friend Justin Watts & discovered that he has a squat-cage in his garage. Therefore, I needed one.
Even though I don’t have a garage and only rent my home, I can install & use a full-featured gym (squat, bench, pull-ups).
Yes, very few regrets!
- Change the floor in my office
- Buy a bunch of weights
- Cram it all in there
- It’s a great conversational piece
- I work out more often
- The equipment is fantastic & meets all my needs
- It’s fun to have friends over to work out
- The floor material was cheap & has warped so that it bubbles
- Sometimes, the whole point of going to the gym was to leave the house (not anymore!)
$3.5k – compared to a $60 / month gym, it will pay for itself in 5 years. Compared to a $150 / month crossfit gym, it’s only 2 years. Did I do crossfit before? No, but the numbers make it sound better.
I bought the following equipment:
- Rogue R-3 Power Rack – It’s great, big enough!
- Rogue Adjustable Bench – I should have bought a cheaper bench
- Rogue Wood Rings – These were great!
- Rogue Matador for dips, would NOT recommend, squat cage wobbles violently during use
- PowerBlock-70 Dumbbells – These are great!
- Spud Inc Pulley – This is super useful, don’t get the second-pulley-extender though, I never use it.
- Weighted Dip Belt – I use it for weighted pull-ups, it’s great!
I really like having this stuff at home. It’s so much fun.
The floor was more difficult than I imagined. We kept the carpet (un-cut), and only had to pull up 1 piece of tac-board at the threshold:
The final floor looked great:
But now it’s warped (due to heat & use), so the pieces don’t fit together anymore (they overlap significantly, no pic). I should have got nicer floors.
It also looks great next to my desk, and the American-flag-pallet really ties the room together:
Plus, I can use my standing-desk, monitor, and web-cam as a mirror to watch my form:
^^ what a guy!