The Advantages Of Having A Home Gym

Create: 11/28/2005 - 13:16
A post over at Weight Trainers United looks at the advantages of starting a home gym. The gym the original poster builds cost $2500. He figures to make his money back in about 2 1/2 years. The advantages he cites:

  • There is the time savings of not having to travel back and forth to the gym.
  • being able to workout anytime, 24/7
  • you do not have to put up with the (how do I say this nicely?), heck, the idiots at the gym. People screwing around or yapping away on a cell phone while you’re trying to concentrate and prepare for a heavy lift. Or someone walking right in front of you while you’re going down on a heavy squat, causing you to lose your concentration and get buried. Or someone tying up the power rack doing curls while you’re waiting to do heavy squats.
  • being able to play whatever music you want.
  • I can put my chains where I want
  • I can also change into my powerlifting gear right in my workout area.
The only disadvantage he lists is having to lift alone and missing out on the camraderie of lifting partners. That's certainly a pretty big negative. Then again, who's to say you can't recruit a training partner or two to work out with you.


He has some good points. I'd like to have my own gym, but at the moment I can't/don't want to drop that much money into something that I might give up for one reason or another (I'm not 100% convinced I'll stick with lifting). But to be able to avoid the idiots would be nice. And perhaps I could recruit a workout partner that way since he can't afford to go to the gym...hummmm....

Submitted by admin on
You get a partner and have them kick in $20 or so and you'll make up the initial costs of the gym even faster. If you ever did stop lifting you can always sell it and make some of your money back. Actually, building a gym from used equipment might be the way to go.

Submitted by paul803 on
Got one love but could use some partners. hae all the bars bands and chains plus machines for WS style lifting.

Submitted by admin on
That sounds like a great setup Paul. You should put the word out in the forums that you're looking for training partners. I'd be willing to bet you'd be able to find one or two.

Submitted by garagelifter on
I have lifted in my garage for 10 plus years it is the only way to go. I have had some problems with training partners but then again when i used to go to a comercial gym I had the same problem people want to talk about lifting but when it comes down to making a commitment and carring it out week after week year after year very few can hang. Most of my equipment was bought used with the exception of my deadlift bar, jessup 1500# power bar (best bar out their for the money) and a pair of 100# weights everything else I have found over the years at garage sales newspaper adds, pawn shops etc. garagelifter

Submitted by admin on
It sounds like you've put together a quality setup that's made you your money back many times over. I wonder if home lifters experience a difference in energy levels between a commercial gym and their home? My guess is that they are very internally driven people and don't need external motivation or stimulation. For me, I don't know how I would occupy myself in between sets. Fifteen minutes is a lot of time to kill if you're all alone.