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Old 12-20-2012, 11:41 AM   #1
Jason Staglon
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Small Space Gym

I'll start by saying this is my first post/thread. Having searched and read the forum for some time, and it's been a great help thus far, what I've noticed is that many of the garage gyms I've seen have tons of space. I've yet to come across a small space gym, where creative use of the space rules.

I've been a member of Crossfit Quantum and I am forever greatful for the coaching received and the friendships created. I became a member shortly after they opened their doors in early 2010, and I have chosen family over box in this upcoming year (I'd like to put a ring on my lady's finger and get us a home).

For now, I live in an apartment and have made considerable use of the space without any sacrifice on social living area, just shuffled things around.

I'm attaching a before and after pic of the area I carved out for my apartment gym. For the record, I live on the 2nd floor, and below me is a storage room, so I need not worry about waking anyone up beneath me. That said I dont have the headroom to be doing any overhead barbell presses of any kind, but dumbell presses will work. 8 foot ceilings and about an 8foot wide by 6foot deep space to utilize as you'll see.

Before pic: http://board.crossfit.com/attachment...3&d=1356026057
After pic: http://board.crossfit.com/attachment...4&d=1356026067

I've purchased the following:

S-2 style squat rack (from a company called Northern Lights, through Fitness Depot) for about ($398)
Safety spotter arms ($98)
320lbs of bumper plates ($1.10/lb)
35lbs of cast rubber change plates ($1/lb)
fractional plate set (iron monkey) ($35)
Cast rubber hex dumbells (TKO) 12#,15#,30#,50#,55#,60#($0.88/lb)
20kg Kettlebell (Extreme Kettlebell) ($60)
20lb AmStaff Med Ball (Fitness Avenue) ($50)
Ab Mat ($15)
Dip Belt ($20)
Stretch Bands
Foam Roller ($10)
Lacrosse Ball ($3)
Chalk ($10)
Black&Red Storage Bucket($20)
Adidas Oly Shoes ($40) employee pricing through a friend
Oly Bar ($0) gifted by a friend, hold me over until I get a Rogue Bar
Already had a buddy lee jump rope

I'm looking for ideas to add to what I've created, although I'm not sure what more I can add. But ideas to make better use of space would be helpful.

Thanks!
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Old 12-20-2012, 12:01 PM   #2
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Re: Small Space Gym

Do you have enough room to add a pull up bar? With a pull up bar, you could do pull ups, toes to bar, knees to elbows, etc. You could also use the pull up bar to hang a set of rings for ring rows, L holds, and muscle ups.

How about a box for doing box jumps?

$40 is a sweet deal for Addidas Oly shoes. You scored a big one on that. Nice going.
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Old 12-20-2012, 12:05 PM   #3
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Re: Small Space Gym

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Do you have enough room to add a pull up bar? With a pull up bar, you could do pull ups, toes to bar, knees to elbows, etc. You could also use the pull up bar to hang a set of rings for ring rows, L holds, and muscle ups.

How about a box for doing box jumps?

$40 is a sweet deal for Addidas Oly shoes. You scored a big one on that. Nice going.
Not sure if you see, but the pull up bar has got christmas lights hanging from it! We're calling it our Festivus tree this year...I can still get my hands under the lights to get a good hold for pullups on it for this one week in the spirit of the holidays. I attached the link to a picture of the rack. Here it is again: http://board.crossfit.com/attachment...4&d=1356026067 (wfs)

A Box is a great idea - I'm just not sure I can make it any more than maybe 20inches since I'm 6'1" and my ceiling is 8' high (need a bit of head clearance). I guess a it'd still be useful right?
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Old 12-20-2012, 01:14 PM   #4
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Re: Small Space Gym

I think you have covered your bases, and have maximized the usage of your space. You actually gave me ideas on what I can do in my apartment. Thanks
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Old 12-20-2012, 02:03 PM   #5
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Re: Small Space Gym

nice use of space, my garage is suddenly looking alot bigger
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Old 12-21-2012, 11:17 AM   #6
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Re: Small Space Gym

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nice use of space, my garage is suddenly looking alot bigger
I was thinking the same! My garage seems HUGE now.

Great setup Jason!
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Old 08-28-2013, 07:55 AM   #7
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Re: Small Space Gym

How is the equipment holding up? Looking at the bumpers from fitnessavenue, concerned about durability.
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Old 08-28-2013, 01:06 PM   #8
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Re: Small Space Gym

Still lots more great low cost stuff you can DIY to add to your set up.
  • PVC parallettes (google the plans, easy to build)
  • box for box squats (to add to the squat arsenal)
  • Chains for chain squats and presses
  • PVC dip station (again lots of DIY plans around)
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Old 08-28-2013, 01:08 PM   #9
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Re: Small Space Gym

Not a lot of room but plenty to do is the space. As said before, my garage seems like a warehouse now.....

The only item that I can think to add would be a sandbag. It's inexpensive and very versatile.

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