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Andrew R McLean 07-25-2013 06:32 PM

Storage Unit Gym
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Hi All,

I've been looking through the Board for inspiration as I was setting up my home gym which is located in a storage unit. Apartment living in Toronto made a garage gym unrealistic so after some research I found a storage facility that didn't mind me setting up a gym in the unit. It's climate controlled and at 10x15 the size is perfect.

I picked up most of the equipment from Fitness Depot here in Toronto, they were great. I bought some iron plates off CL for dirt cheap and got the stall mats from Canadian Tire. All together the equipment came to less than $1500. It includes the rack, bar, 45 and 25 lb bumpers, 400 lbs in steel weight, 12,16,24kg kettlebells, 20 lb wall ball and slam balls, powerblocks that have the add on for 70 pounds, rings, bench, and a home made 20x24x36 plyo box.

Feel free to post any questions.

Here are some pictures wfs

Blaise Davis 07-25-2013 07:36 PM

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love it

Joey Allen 07-25-2013 08:18 PM

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that.. is.. AWESOME.

If you don't mind me asking.. how much is it to rent the unit per month?

Chris Guillermo 07-25-2013 08:26 PM

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There was a box in HAwaii that was run out of a storage facility. A bunch of the N Shore surfers would train there. Don't think it is open anymore.

Jeff Ng 07-25-2013 09:17 PM

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how much was the mats from cndn tire? tsc in guelph is usually 40 but I was looking for a few more and if i could save the drive that would be awesome

Andrew R McLean 07-26-2013 05:07 AM

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The unit rents for about $170 a month, you get the first month free. My girlfriend and I crossfit together so it is actually economical for us, as affiliates around here cost between 150-200/month for each of us.

The matts from Canadian Tire were 29.99 I believe, they work perfect. I have some true stall mats from a farm supply store as well and they are a little thicker, that's the main difference.

Dylan Forbes 07-26-2013 06:27 AM

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Awesome idea. What's the ceiling height? Is there power points in there; setup a fridge for water post workout food?

Brian Neal Carpenter 07-26-2013 08:27 AM

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Very creative. Was there anything in the rental unit contract prohibiting this type of use for the space? I know I've seen guys park their cars in storage units but curious if there's anything in the contract about exercise or basic non-storage use...

Andrew R McLean 07-28-2013 04:08 PM

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Ceiling height is just over 9 feet, and unfortunately no power outlets.

Only restrictions in the contract are no commercial use and no sleeping in the units.

Kevin Keast 07-29-2013 08:25 AM

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This is a cool idea!

What are the mats called at CT? I need to get some for my basement.

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