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Old 10-02-2010, 09:31 AM   #1
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My Small Budget, Small Space Garage Gym

So I finally got tired of waiting in line for te squat racks at the overcrowded base gym I have access to, and wanted to save time by working out at home. I decided it was time to outfit the garage gym. Problem was, I did not want to give up a parking spot full time, and I don't exactly have a trust fund. So, I did some homework and got to shopping.

I ended up with:

Squat Rack/Dip Station combo from Garage Gym
160 lb. Bumper/Bar/Collar set from KettleBell King
100 lbs. of cheapo steel plates
25 and 35 lb. kettlebells
Flat bench
Roman chair/hyperextension deal (I know it's not eaxctly a sub for a GHD, but I make due)
Rings
Homemade pull-up bar
Assistance bands
Homemade med ball (cheap basketball/sand)
Homemade 20/24 inch combo plyo bow (plus, the bench is 18")
Speed Rope
AbMat
Plus, a few other toys.

Pretty much everything I could want, and I managed to get it all done for less than $1000 (not including a few pieces I had). I can go from everything stored in the corner to fully set up in about two minutes, and my wife gets a spot in the garage. I know its not a lot of weight, but it's more than I need for now (working on getting stronger, and I'm actually looking forward to spending the cash on more steel or heavier KBs).

Just wanted to share because I figured if I can do it, anyone can.
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Old 10-02-2010, 10:13 AM   #2
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Re: My Small Budget, Small Space Garage Gym

Cool! I'm concerned about the plyo box being made out of particle board.
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Old 10-02-2010, 03:36 PM   #3
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Cool! I'm concerned about the plyo box being made out of particle board.
Agreed.

But VERY NICE gym.

I'm thinking about doing a video tour of mine - as I recently had the funds to add some new gear (180# of hi-temp bumpers, a Bella Bar for the wife, Rogue HG collars, two abmats, Iron Woody assistance bands, 3 KB set @ 1, 1.5 & 2 pood, a C2 rower, wall ball targets for the homemade medballs). About the ONLY things I'm lacking are: flooring, a rope to climb and a GHD. Think I'm pretty straight on everything else.
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Old 10-02-2010, 04:37 PM   #4
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Re: My Small Budget, Small Space Garage Gym

Nice and all for under a grand. I've been setting up my gym over the last several months. I still have a way to go though, cause I didn't have that much equipment. I've been tracking my progress along the way to. I sold alot of junk out of my garage and used the money to buy a base set up from Rogue.
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Old 10-04-2010, 05:53 AM   #5
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Re: My Small Budget, Small Space Garage Gym

Thanks for the comments. Yea, I probably should have gone with plywood for the plyo box. But, the thing is built like a tank and feels rock solid, and it's hardly getting "commercial" use (just 175 lb. me), so it will have to do for now. My biggest complaint is that the kid cutting the wood at my local gigantic hardware store (where they wear orange) was less than precise with his measurements - which I didn't notice until I was putting it together. Seriously, how do you mess up cuts on a full-scale panel saw that holds a 4' X 8' sheet?
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Old 10-04-2010, 12:02 PM   #6
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Re: My Small Budget, Small Space Garage Gym

Will, very nice set up you have there. I'm envious.

By the way, the stooges that seem to work the saw at HD aren't the sharpest tools in the shop. I asked a guy there recently to cut a 4'x8' sheet of hardboard into two 2'x8' sheets. Well, the 8' part was right on only because he didn't have to cut it that way. However, the 2' section was roughly 28 inches by 8 feet for one piece, and 20 inches by 8 feet for the second piece. They are geniuses for sure.
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Old 10-05-2010, 08:02 AM   #7
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Re: My Small Budget, Small Space Garage Gym

I'm pretty jealous...and for under a grand? Nice work. I'm taking notes....
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Old 10-11-2010, 10:54 AM   #8
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Re: My Small Budget, Small Space Garage Gym

I like how you painted the 24" lable on the box; otherwise without it you might have been like, "hey, where's my box? That one doesn't say 24" on it, so I'm not sure if that's it, or maybe that's a decoy and the real box is hiding somewhere."
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Old 10-11-2010, 11:31 AM   #9
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Re: My Small Budget, Small Space Garage Gym

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I like how you painted the 24" lable on the box; otherwise without it you might have been like, "hey, where's my box? That one doesn't say 24" on it, so I'm not sure if that's it, or maybe that's a decoy and the real box is hiding somewhere."
It's painted there, because it's a multi-height box. Notice in the last picture, it says 20" on the side face.
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Old 10-11-2010, 08:11 PM   #10
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Nice, man. And cheap...just how I like it!
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