Tell us a little bit about yourself: Just another weakling trying to get stronger.
How would you describe your training style (CrossFit, Olympic Weightlifting, etc.)? Strongman primarily, a bit of powerlifting, a little CrossFit
How would you describe your fitness/strength level, currently? I wouldn’t. It’s terrible!
What are your fitness/strength goals? Log clean and press 405 is the big one!
Describe your garage gym. I have an elevated space in the back of my 2 car garage that’s about 9’ deep (we extended it by 1’ using concrete blocks) and 24’ across. Covered it with stall mat and packed as much in as possible! I keep it well organized so I fit a lot of goodies in there. The emphasis is on equipment that provides a lot of bang for my buck and allows me to train for whatever I’m doing.
Who works out in your garage gym? Mostly just me, sometimes I have other people join for Strongman training
Why did you build a garage gym? No local gyms with the gear I want, plus I like having my own space where I can keep all my random goodies
What’s your favorite piece of equipment in your garage? My strongman log
What piece of equipment was a waste? Swiss bar. I never use it. Should’ve bought a football bar or a ZEE Press bar.
What’s the next piece of equipment you’re going to get? A 17” stone mold to make some 250# atlas stones.
Any dream piece of equipment? An oak Slater’s log from WSM
How did you build your garage gym? (All at once, craigslist over a few years, etc.) Combination of gym closings, barter, Craigslist bargains, and haggling/sale shopping with retailers
Do you have any tips for anyone else looking to build a garage gym? Be patient. You can get more done than you probably think with a bar, a simple rack, and some plates. Skip the gimmicks and unitaskers.
WATCH: Garage Gym Tour - 3-4 years of assembling to get here. Always more on the list but at this point I consider it pretty comprehensive for my needs.