So, for the rest of us that can only dream big, what exactly are the best garage gym equipment items that we won't have to take a second mortgage for. If you've got the budget, go for it, but even if I had the resources that this gym owner had, I would have invested differently.
For the budget minded athlete like most of us, here's our take on Garage Gym ideas that will keep you picking up and using your investment every time you are in the gym rather than letting it collect dust.
- Versatility - we're always up on that soap box about how if you can't use a piece of equipment 5 ways then it had better be low priced or stellar at what it does. See? There we are. At it again. But, it holds muster. When we look at items like kettlebells and gymnastics rings versus items like a treadmill, it becomes apparent to budget minded athletes like us that we can outfit our gym with a bunch of versatile, useful equipment for the cost of even one treadmill.
- Kettlebells -
- Gymnastics Rings - If it were up to me, I'd put a set of gymnastics rings in the hands of every aspiring home gym athlete in the US. Why? We haven't found another equipment item that is so versatile, so portable and this affordable that has such a wide range of uses that it can challenge the beginning athlete to the olympic level athlete. Think you're just not ready for them? Have a look at the gymnastic ring exercises we listed here for beginners. One of the outstanding characteristics about rings is that you can vary the intensity of the exercise by varying your body position relative to the rings. If standard plank ring push ups are becoming too easy just raise your feet. Too hard? Raise the rings.
- Sandbags -
- Resistance Bands -
- Portability - Something else I like to keep in mind when outfitting a home gym is having equipment that is portable. For those of us in the northern states, winter can bite hard and since my garage isn't heated, I am forced to retreat to my basement over the winter. That means I move equipment every spring and fall up and down stairs and around corners. By having portable equipment I can get the move done easily and quickly. The other great thing about having portable equipment is that I can take it with me on family vacations. Throwing a set of gymnastics rings and a few kettlebells or a sandbag in the car for the week is easy.
See what other equipment is on the top of our list for outfitting your Garage Gym here.