My Home Gym

Create: 12/23/2005 - 09:35
Jim Wendler's newest article is out over at EliteFTS. In it he describes how he and two other guys setup a home gym. Or more accurately, in this case, a garage gym - a rented one car garage gym. For all you lifters looking to abandon your commercial gym this new year take a look. Here's what Wendler says are the most important thing to know:

  • Get a space
  • Use plywood and carpet
  • Account for the weather
  • Get the minimum equipment and expand from there
  • Get reliable training partners
The basic equipment:

  • 2x2 Power Rack
  • Box Squat Box
  • 2, 3, 4, 5 boards
  • Chalk
  • Flat Dumbbell Bench
  • Texas Power Bar
  • A lot of weight
Planning for weather:

For the summertime, you must open up the garage door and you must have a fan. As bad as the warm weather is, nothing can compare to the winter time. The first thing we did was insulate the garage door. This helped quite a bit. A space heater was also gold. It may take awhile to heat up, but its well worth it. Make sure you dress appropriately and actually do a warm-up.

On building camraderie and working together as a team:

So the big pieces in our weight room were the rack, the GHR, the Reverse Hyperextension, the bench rack and the lat pulldown. These 6 items took up the most floor space and everything was stacked around it... While this set up seems (and it was) very cramped, it was actually a good thing. Because we were in tight quarters, everyone was forced to be attentive to each other; coaching form, spotting and giving encouragement. There wasn’t an option to wander around and do nothing. Also, because there wasn’t a lot of space, whatever max effort lift was being done, everyone did it... This also gave us a sense of camaraderie and teamwork.

How to not alienate the neighborhood:

When we decided to start this gym our initial fear was that we were going to be kicked out because of the loud music and all the noise. So in order to combat this we simply weren’t assholes to people... We developed good relations with just about everyone so when the music or the noise got too loud we were never “turned in”.