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Old 04-24-2006, 07:42 AM   #1
Jason Smith
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Hi everyone,
I have a question I wanted to get input on.

I am moving in a few weeks and want to immediately start working on a home gym. Unfortunately, my basement has somewhere between 7.5 - 8 foot ceilings and my neighborhood is one that is a little "stuffy" (read: a car always out of the garage really wouldn't be acceptable).

I was thinking about putting everthing in the basement except: Rings, pull-up bar, and jumping boxes. The ceilings in the garage are probably 10 feet.

Any suggestions on a better approach?

Thanks in advance,
Jason
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Old 04-24-2006, 09:01 AM   #2
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Welcome to the garage gym dude!

You have higher ceilings than me, my equipment list so far -

oly bar and weights
rings
pull up bar
plyo box
kettlebells
sandbags
med ball
jump rope
punch bag
ab wheel
reaction ball

All in a garage with 9` sloped to 6.5` roof
7.5 if I am lucky wide and approx 13` long - its all in there and going well :-)

good luck and enjoy the ride
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Old 04-24-2006, 09:08 AM   #3
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Design for "quick deploy".

WOD with the car in the street, then have a place for everything to stuff the car back in the garage.

I could not overhead lift anything in my 8 foot basement.
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Old 04-24-2006, 10:34 AM   #4
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I have a rack that is easy to carry out to the street for overhead lifting--I'm able to do that because I'm the next-to-last house on a cul-de-sac.

I love thinking about what's going through my neighbor's minds when I'm out in the street doing OL lifts and they have to drive around my setup.

Get some good shelving, that will help with storage. I got some really serious metal "garage-type" shelving at Home Depot and it's been great so far.

I'm lucky enough to have a 2-car garage gym. Problem is, I'm growing out of that now!
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Old 04-24-2006, 12:24 PM   #5
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Krista put this up on San Diego CrossFit Weekend Warriors blog:
http://crossfitweekendwarriors.typepad.com/homegym.htm

May be of some help.

I would put everything in the garage so your times between deadlift and ring dips aren't hampered by time spent hustling upstairs, running through the kitchen and hurdling the dog so you can get out the door and on the rings.

I'm going to agree with Garrett and suggest you make the most of shelving. Further, I suspect you could make plyo boxes that hinge on themselves and collapse to save space. The weights and bar could be stored in such a way as to take up almost no space. You could build a small lifting platform that you could lift and lean against the wall when not in use. Maybe keep your bench in the house or basement when it's not being used. You get the idea.

Let me know when you are moving. Maybe we can make it our St. Louis May event. We'll say it's deadlifting practice or something. At least invite us over so we can park our cars outside all day.
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Old 04-24-2006, 01:20 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the feedback. So, the overwhelming response seems to be make it work in the garage by removing the car when necessary. This should work.

Hi Chris - Thanks for the offer. Sorry I missed the April event I had a baptism to attend on Sunday. Actually, I am graduating from the doctoral program and we are moving to Lexington, KY (I accepted a position at University of Kentucky) in about two weeks! Unfortunately, that would be a bit far for a St. Louis event.



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Old 04-24-2006, 04:17 PM   #7
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Ironmind makes a great squat rack that doubles as a dip station. They use the racks at the U.S. Olympic training center. Whole thing weighs about 60 pounds and has a very small footprint. It would be easy to move it out of the way to park the car.

http://www6.mailordercentral.com/iro...sp?number=1217

That link is to the pair without the dip handles. That link doesn't have a pic.

They also carry some great self spotters:

http://www6.mailordercentral.com/iro...sp?number=1227
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Old 04-24-2006, 05:27 PM   #8
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I just Jon Pappas' post. He is selling his Pillars of Power.
http://www.crossfit.com/discus/messages/26/23336.html
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Old 09-13-2007, 03:01 PM   #9
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Re: "Garage" Gym

Hi Jason, My name is anthony Young. I live in Lexington as well. I am a Police officer here. If you ever want someone to workout with my email is excolo@gmail.com. Hit me up sometime.
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Old 09-13-2007, 07:04 PM   #10
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Re: "Garage" Gym

Dude, I've seen some uppity neighborhoods, and there's cars parked outside all the time. It's just understood. I mean, people have two cars (one for mom, one for dad), and let's say two teenagers, unless you have a 4 car garage, where's Johnny going to park his '89 Buick? Outside.

I'd definitely go the garage route, maybe wait a month for the neighbors to get used to you if you think it's going to peeve them off, but I mean, if they're that snoody that they don't want to see a car parked outside every night...
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