This 3rd iteration of my home gym is AWESOME!!! (scroll down for earlier versions)

December 2019

  • 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
Big garage with squat cage, stall-bars, and Texas flag

Pros:

  • 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)

Cons:

  • No HVAC in the garage, I’ll need to figure that out when it gets hot
Small white desk with 2 computer monitors, a rug, a chair, a dog, and some patriotic art.

October 2019

  • 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).
squat cage in crowded bedroom next to huge desk

I have some regrets… but it’s still kind-of awesome!

March 2019

I decided that I want a home gym.

Why?

I visited my friend Justin Watts & discovered that he has a squat-cage in his garage. Therefore, I needed one.

Hypothesis

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).

Conclusion

Yes, very few regrets! small room with squat cage and standing desk

Approach

  • Change the floor in my office
  • Buy a bunch of weights
  • Cram it all in there

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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!)

Total Cost

$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:

Opinions

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: Mangled wood w/ nails next to rubber floor

The final floor looked great: nice looking rubber floor

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: dual monitor desk with flag pallet behind

Plus, I can use my standing-desk, monitor, and web-cam as a mirror to watch my form: john trying to squat too much weight

^^ what a guy!