Today's Garage Gym of the Week is Fringe Fam member, Codey. He's in his mid 20s and does more than just lift a few weights here and there.
He has been doing power lifting for about 2 years now and has competed in both raw and single ply. Not only has he been competing but he is also a full time student, a father to a sweet boy named Atlas, and he's been building up his garage gym with his wife! WOW - Codey is a busy guy!
He describes power lifting as his lifting style, and competes at a higher level. He has multiple state records and is hoping to break even more records in the future!
When asked about his future goals, Codey says he wants to hit 600 in squat, 500 in bench, 700 in deadlift - and all this at the 198 pound weight class single ply! Those are some amazing goals!
Codey says his garage gym is designed for power lifting and strength training in general. He loves scouring all the site for unique gym equipment to set myself apart from other gyms. Finding those special pieces of gear, he feels, helps him when he trains others. Currently he has himself, his wife, friends and clients who work out in his gym with him.
He started his garage gym because he wanted to compete at a higher level and knew that it was going to be tough to get the amount of gym time at a commercial power lifting gym - the closest one was 45 minutes away! And he didn't want to be away from his family to make the drive every single day.
He didn't want to name a favorite piece of equipment - he said he likes them all! - but did point out his specialty bars as gear he goes back to again and again.
Surprisingly, he said he doesn't have any equipment he considers "a waste." Codey said, "I have been buying and selling equipment to flip my way up to the items that I truly want in my gym so I find value in all my equipment." (And we think that's a great way to look at it!)
He did tell us he wants to add to his equipment - probably a longhorn bar is his next purchase - but he does have one dream piece of equipment. What is it, you might ask? "A belt squat machine," Codey said. "It's the one thing I miss about a commercial gym."
Codey did suggest to folks new to the garage gym game to take their time. He said that his way of buying and selling equipment to "flip" his way to what he wants is a good idea. He said, "I buy from Facebook marketplace. When I make a profit on what I sell, I buy new items online. Sometimes I buy more used equipment to either keep or sell for more profit." He notes his gym has been paid off for a while AND he makes a profit with his buying and selling! (We think this is a very smart move!)
His tips to anyone creating a garage gym now? Definitely to buy used equipment and trade and flip your way up. It does take time, Codey says, but in the end you will come out on top of you do it right. Plus it's a lot of fun! You can meet a lot of cool other garage gym owners and see all kinds of cool things. Codey said his favorite part of "gym flipping" is that "I have traveled all over Oklahoma to pick up equipment and met tons of people. That has been the best part of it all."
Codey told us you can follow him on Instagram @superman_powerlifting to see what he's up to now!
We appreciate Codey letting us take a look inside his gym and hear about his story! He's definitely an inspiration!
If you want to share your garage gym with us and the rest of the Fringe Fam, check out all the information here and send it over!
And, as always, lift heavy lift happy!