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Old 12-03-2008, 07:20 PM   #1
Eric Daley
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Pricing out Home Garage Gym

I've been put in charge of equiping our garage with some equipment to start a home gym and I'm looking to get an idea of what I need and what I can look to spend.

So let's start on what equipment we own:

Treadmill
Jump Rope

Now let's start with need:

Mats?
Oly Bar
Bumper Plates
Homemade Pullup Bar
Squat Stand
Adjustable Bench

Realistically, building anything is kind of out of the question, just don't have the tools..

So, what else do I need?

Where can I source all this equipment, and how much will it run me?

I've done my fair share of searching, but honestly it is difficult as a lot of the answers lead the thread into "finding" equipment on Craigslist.

That's great, but I need to move on this, I'm convincing the family to build the gym as the cost of gym memberships for a year will pay for this equipment.

~$1000-1200

As soon as I move back and have to use this gym I'd like to be able to continue the WOD without much trouble..

If the money is not reasonable please let me know, I know I won't be able to equip the gym with a C2 Rower, but what can ya do!

Thanks!
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Old 12-03-2008, 09:00 PM   #2
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Re: Pricing out Home Garage Gym

Sell the treadmill.

You will have to buckle down and build a plaftform. I'm the worst handyman in the world but I still managed to build a pretty sweet platform with help from my dad. If you choose to buy a platform it's going to cost you almost your entire budget.

Other than that I think you have a very reasonable list for approx $1000 to $1,200. There's plenty of information in this forum to answer your questions with regard to where to find the equipment.

The platform is a necessity. Mats I am not sure if these are necessary. White concrete is extremely hard. I sometimes think it would be nice to have a mat for when I jump rope or do other plyometrics. I usually jump on the rubber part of my platform.

Bumpers and bar will have to come from Glen Pendlay (my recommendation) or there is another popular source I think in Georgia named wright rubber or something.

Squat rack just depends on what kind you want.

Adjustable bench will probably be the one item on your list above you will be able to find on craig's list.
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Old 12-03-2008, 10:31 PM   #3
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Re: Pricing out Home Garage Gym

You can get some great gear for $1000.

A platform is not required. I have been xfitting out of my garage for two years without one and I am not going to build one anytime soon.

A pull-up bar is a necessity. If you can build your own, good on ya.

I would strongly suggest a "good-enough" oly bar and bumpers, but in the worst case, go with a used oly bar and iron. I think the bumpers and the bar will eat up $500 or so. I suggest skipping the 35# bumpers and getting two sets of 45#ers. Get some cheap iron to supplement, but pay no more than $.50 a pound.

A squat cage is nice- I got mine off craigslist for $200 and it helps me with squats, pullups, ring exercises, presses, etc.

I built my plyo box and my first set of rings myself, and I have a bench that I rarely or never use.

Bottomline for me is that if you have an oly bar, sufficient iron/bumpers to load it with, plus something to get the bar to shoulder height for squats and presses, and finally a pullup bar, you are set with a solid foundation to build some muscle. The rest of the gear can be layered in later as you find deals.
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Old 12-04-2008, 04:07 AM   #4
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Re: Pricing out Home Garage Gym

Did you check out http://www.againfaster.com/store-home/ or http://roguefitness.com/store/index.php or http://www.theg2scart.com/Default.asp?Redirected=Y

Those are 3 places that sell all that you could ever desire for doing CrossFit (well, almost). They all have reasonable prices and will give you more info on equipment than you will know what to do with. I think your budget should be alright. Hope this helps.

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Old 12-04-2008, 05:59 AM   #5
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Re: Pricing out Home Garage Gym

Can't sell the treadmill, although I won't be using it, people in my family will..

Thanks for the site link and some of the info.. I guess I'll start construction sometime soom and will update with pictures.
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Old 12-04-2008, 06:39 AM   #6
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Re: Pricing out Home Garage Gym

I just started my home gym from scratch. Here's my cost break down so far:

Lifting platform (all you need to build this yourself is a drill and a good utility knife): $175
Pendalay Crossfit Economy Bar: $230 after taxes and shipping
Wright Rubber Bumpers: 240lbs (2 x 45, 35, 25, 15 lb), delivered: $403
Homemade pull up bar: iron pipe and fittings from Home Depot: ~$15
Homemade Rings (pvc): ~$20
Homemade Plyo Box: $28
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Total to get started: $871

Next on my list is a couple of kettle bells, two med balls, and some Iron plates to supplement my rubber.

I'll probably come in very close to $1000 for this set up when I'm done. And there won't be many WoD I won't be able to do (Glute/Ham sit ups and rowing will have to be subbed).
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Old 12-04-2008, 11:57 AM   #7
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Re: Pricing out Home Garage Gym

Definitely add rings to the list. Next addition after that I'd suggest is a pair of home made parallettes.

Eventually a rower is nice, but don't worry about that until you're well settled in -- maybe when you can convince the family to use it to replace the treadmill they're selling.
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Old 12-04-2008, 12:28 PM   #8
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Re: Pricing out Home Garage Gym

Eric-
My buddy (new to CF) wanted to set up a garage gym at his new house and asked me the same question... this is what I wrote him:

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The biggest expense in outfitting your home gym is the cost of shipping - since most weights and other equipment are relatively inexpensive, but getting them from the store to your house, is expensive. Be sure that when you are bouncing around the different websites that you keep track of who is and who is NOT charging you for shipping, and how much it is. Sometimes shipping can cost as much or MORE than the item itself.

Glenn Pendlay, has very good bumpers (hard rubber weights that don't get hurt or hurt the floor when you drop them) and bars, and he offers FREE shipping.
He charges about $1,100 for a full bar and training bumper set (182kg - about 400#)
http://store.wfwclub.com/trainingset.html

You should not need more weight than that for quite a while, but when you do (probably only for dead lifts) you can just buy more weights... but this is an EXCELLENT starting point. You will be able to do ALL of the Olympic lifts: clean, jerk and snatch, as well as the power lifts: dead lift, squat and all the presses.

The next thing you should get is a stand or rack so you can grab the weight easily for front or back squats, or overhead movements and a few rubber floor mats to protect the bumpers.

If you are going to keep this stuff for ever (and they will last forever), a full power rack is an awesome thing to have - but they start at about $500. You do not need the BS Lat-pull attachments that most places offer, so don't bother with that. The power rack also has a bar on the front that a lot of people use as their pull up bar-
http://www.newyorkbarbells.com/92563.html

If you just want "stands" for the barbell, instead of the full power rack (they take up much less space, but don't have the steel protection bars) they go for about $240 - but obviously, they don't have the pull up bar, so you'd have to add one.
http://www.theg2scart.com/product_p/fw-7.htm

If you don't go for the squat/power rack, then you will need a pull up bar -- this one goes into your beams/overhead studs in your garage - about $140.
http://www.theg2scart.com/Stud_Bar_P..._p/studbar.htm

Floor mats - Believe it or not, horse stall mats are generally the cheapest, and you can get these at a Tractor Supply. A couple sheets at 4'x6' ~$42.00 each should be all you need.
http://www.tractorsupply.com/webapp/...http:ClickInfo

We ditched our power rack because it took up too much space and we had plenty of pull up bars, but I would say that buying a power rack at $500, vs. stands at $240 and a pull up bar at $140 would probably be the way to go for you - even though it is more expensive in the beginning.

You should also get at least one kettlebell. The default men's weight for CF exercises is 24KG (53#). You may want 2 of these if somebody else will be working out with you, or you may also want to get a smaller one (16kg is the default women's weight) if you want to us that before you ramp up to full weight. 24kg ~ $80, 16kg ~ $65.
http://store.wfwclub.com/kettlebells.html

Pendlay's site also has "CrossFit" specials on some bar and weight combos, but it is a lot less weight, I think, and the savings is only about $10.

When you are doing pure strength days (not a running or MetCon day) you will really help yourself by having good weightlifting shoes. I have a pair of the red-white-black Do-Win shoes. They are great for the Olympic lifts and for heavy squat days. About $90-100.
http://store.wfwclub.com/shoes.html

You will need a box - the default height is 24" for men. You can build one out of plywood for about $20 (there are building dimensions that I can find for you) or you can buy one made of steel for about $100-
http://www.newyorkbarbells.com/1210-12.html

We also use medicine balls pretty frequently - 20# is default men's weight ~ $70.
http://www.theg2scart.com/Default.asp?Redirected=Y

The last thing you'll need is a pair of rings for dips and muscle ups (these can be suspended from a pullup bar. They are not cheap @ $72.00 - but they last forever:
http://ringtraining.com/shop/equipment/elite-rings.html

If you really wanted to drop some coin, then the one big ticket item you don't have in the above list is a C2 rowing machine. We do use these quite often, and it is an absolute CRUSHER of a workout device. The Model D is the best for what we do. They go for about $900, plus shipping.
https://www2.concept2.com/VIA/index.jsp

If you had all of that - you could basically start your own affiliate out of your garage. And I am betting it would cost you about $3,000 to do it.
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Old 12-04-2008, 02:55 PM   #9
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Re: Pricing out Home Garage Gym

Wow, Sean, you wrote a book. I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one that writes long, thorough answers to friends.

I recently had a casual conversation about wristwatches with a coworker and wrote him a page-long follow-up...
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Old 12-04-2008, 03:15 PM   #10
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Re: Pricing out Home Garage Gym

Hah-
Yeah... you know what they say about lawyers... we tend to like to hear ourselves talk.

But on this topic - I am very interested, and my buddy truly is interested... but he was absolutely clueless where to begin. So, I didn't mind taking the time and doing the research... you note I had it easily at hand for this thread - because I cc'd myself when I sent him the email, so I would have easy reference to it, if I ever get around to building a garage on my house.
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