3 garage gym role models (including some you might not think of!)

What’s up, strong friends? We’re talking 3 different garage gym role models that might not fit the typical “garage gym role model” mold you think we’re talking about.

These three people are individuals you might not think about right away when thinking about garage gym role models, because not all of them were focused on improvement in a garage gym or within physical fitness.

Let’s start in the present day role model.


Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

When Dwayne was coming up into the spotlight, he started with a little bit of fame from wrestling, but now, he’s fully burst onto the scene (and to be honest… we’re totally loving him.)

The number one thing we love about The Rock is his positivity. We work hard to keep negativity out of our lives, and The Rock is amazingly positive with his family, his friends, and is always pushing others to do good with a massive smile on his face.

The other reason we love The Rock is… his garage gym. Let’s be real here… it’s not just a garage gym. He’s got an entire building dedicated to his home gym. It’s NUTS. We highly recommend looking that up and checking out what he’s got going on in his garage gym.

Not only that… The Rock has a traveling garage gym. Whenever he’s traveling and on different sets, he’s got an 18-wheeler full of equipment that’s transported and set up into a gym for him wherever he’s on set.

The last thing we’ll mention is that we LOVE The Rock’s work ethic. It’s not only in the gym pumping iron, but when you watch him professionally, you can see his amazing work ethic.

We love that he shows that strong people are smart people, strong people are hardworking people, and that strong people are positive people.

Now, let’s go back a little bit in history for our next role model.


Teddy Roosevelt

Yes, you read that right.

If he had done nothing else, he’d still be a role model for PK in his garage gym because of his Man in the Arena speech. You’re bound to be lit up and ready to go every time you read or hear it.

Even way back in T.R.’s day, he was preaching the strenuous life and thought people were getting too soft, too complacent, and he advocated for the strenuous life.

Speaking of the strenuous life, he thought that every man should be able to hike 50 miles at any given time. Now, this was at the turn of the century, so now we can say every person these days. But, what T.R. was saying that every person should uphold a high level of physical fitness to be able to do such a thing at any given time, and we love that.

Let’s time travel back even further in history for our final garage gym role model.



Seneca was a stoic philosopher, and there are so many pithy and great things you can learn from the stoics and Seneca in specific. Let’s talk about 3 different quotes by Seneca that motivate us to put in the hard, dirty work against gravity.

“Throw me to the wolves, and I shall emerge leading the pack.” 

This is a great thing to think about when things are going poorly, or you’re beset by struggles all around you, whether in the weight room, or in everyday life. You’re going to be the author of the solution to your problem.

“Associate with people who are likely to improve you.”

PK heard this first from Tim Ferriss: “you are the average of the 5 people you spend most of your time with.” A few thousand years ago, Seneca was saying the same thing with the quote above.

“We suffer more often in imagination than reality.”

This is amazing, isn’t it? Whenever you’re worrying about this or that happening before anything has actually occurred, you’re suffering in your imagination. As you sit there, you’re not actually suffering, but your imagination has led you to perceive otherwise. Those things are not currently affecting you. It’s important to think about what’s happening right now, as opposed to focusing on what you think might happen in the future (or not.) It’s an amazing way to center yourself.

What do you think about these individuals as garage gym role models? 

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