Garage Gym of the Week: Bobby Melaccio

What is your name?  Bobby Melaccio

How old are you? I am 35 years old

Do you have an IG handle or website you’d like linked? @Melaccio_r_m

Tell us a little bit about yourself:  I am a father of two, and married for 8 years. I consider myself an "active do-er", one who must stay busy keeping things fun, fresh, and exciting! Who has now embarked on a new life journey of wanting to help others achieve an overall healthier life style. 

How would you describe your training style? I am currently a USAW Sports performance coach as well as a crossfit level one instructor and am currently enrolled in college for sports nutrition. 

How would you describe your strength/fitness level? Currently I would say I am in the best shape of my adult life( after high school, let's just say I wasn't the most committed to my health lol) 

What are your fitness/strength goals? My health/fitness goals are to live a functioning active life where I can enjoy whatever it is that comes my way. 

Describe your garage gym: My garage gym represents freedom! For me it is more than a gym, it is my reminder that says you only have one life! To do you and that nothing lies in your way other than you! No regrets!!

Who works out in my garage gym? My gym is open for me to personal train. It is only the beginning!! I built this gym to have no regrets, to live my life. I have worked hard the last 20 years for an amazing company who I am still currently employed with, but the beginning is now. 

What is your favorite piece of equipment in your garage? First of all, none of the commercial gyms in this small town had bumpers or platforms, and I wasn’t interested in CrossFit.  Second, with small kids, time is at a premium.  A garage gym naturally fit this situation and allows me the flexibility to train on my schedule (which is usually at 4:30am)

 What piece of equipment was a waste?  I do not have a piece I do not like. Every piece can be used to create overall better health and physical preparedness.

What is the next piece of equipment? Next piece will be either the airdyne or assault bike. Very soon. I need it lol!!

Any dream piece of equipment? Dream piece.... hummm, I can say I don't have a dream piece per se, but I do have dream pieces. That is to have my own gym outside of my garage.  

How did you build your gym? I pretty much have bought all my equipment from Fringe Sports with the exception of two racks which I found on Amazon and some bars on Craig's list a while back. This has been in the works since January this year 2016. 

Do you have any tips for anyone else looking to build a garage gym? Advice would be to be sure to visualize everything out. Placement and types of workouts you will be doing will play a role. Everything from floor to ceiling and walls will play a factor. Space adds up quick. My garage is 400sqft. With ten foot ceilings other than where our A/C unit is. Do not rush. We can get excited, especially when we get it started but be patient. Do not overload it, clutter can be dangerous and buy equipment you know how to properly train with.

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