I was recently asked to talk to my good friend Adam the Zen Runner on the Eat Clean Get Lean podcast about my experiences with CrossFit and my home garage gym. It was a great conversation — Adam’s a natural interviewer and I think I managed to spit out what I wanted to say without seeming like too much of a dope. Go here to check it out, at CleanLeanTeam.com, and join the Facebook group for some fun conversation.
I also made a little video tour of my garage gym. You can find that below.
I go over a bit of what you’ll find in our garage gym in the video below. It’s still a work in progress. Some things we don’t have are a few more floor mats and a bench. Because the walls are unfinished, there’s no place yet to do wall climbs or handstands (we had an idea that using the old door might work, which is why it’s conspicuously placed near the power cage). We want a kettlebell or two, and I’m hoping to pick up some used hex dumbbells because I hate the old set of standard DBs we have. I’d actually like to stick a whiteboard in there, CrossFit-style, because at the moment I’m using my laptop and sticky notes to remember my workouts. And one day I’ll finish building a plyo box. I promise.
The barbell set we bought is from Rogue Fitness, the Beater Bar with a 205-pound bumper plate set. The rack is a Powerline, and we got that off Amazon. We found a local dealer in used fitness equipment, and bought some smaller-weight steel plates from him at 50¢ a pound, which is half as cheap as you’ll find in a retail store. That brings our barbell total to 240 pounds — which I may max out by the end of the year for deadlifts. We got a PVC pipe from Ace Hardware for stretching and barbell practice, about 3 bucks. It’s a really nice & cozy little gym. We love it.
If you’re thinking of building your own garage gym, I suggest looking around for good deals (seriously, that power rack is super-cheap as of this writing, so grab it). We’ve found you can find weight gear at pretty affordable prices if you’re OK with used. You don’t need new. If you’re paying more than $1.50/pound for a kettlebell, you can find one cheaper. Don’t skimp on the big, important pieces like the bar. Rogue Fitness has great stuff, as does AgainFaster. And you can pick up odds and ends as you go.
Anyway, hopefully this video gives you a sense of what it’s like. Enjoy.¶