We have seen a trend in recent years towards individuals opening up space in their garage (or barn, or basement, or shed...) for a personal work out space. Generally affectionately referred to as the Garage Gym. The Garage Gym can take on as many different forms as there are different styles of athletes and spaces to fill with equipment.
We at Hammerhead Strength Equipment have helped equip hundreds of garage gyms across the country, and have gained tremendous experience and knowledge for building out a garage gym.
If you are leaning towards outfitting a garage gym, we have a few pointers and thoughts that you may want to consider.
Why are you opening a garage gym?
This is the first question that we ask everyone who call or writes in to Hammerhead Strength Equipment. Not that we want to be intrusive, but we want to make sure that you get the equipment to meet your goals. There are two major reasons (although there are many more) that people are opening a garage gym:
First, they want to supplement their work and skill training that they get in their Box when they have spare time at home. Have a few minutes of down time? How about working on the double unders, pull ups, or muscle ups? Miss a wod at the gym due to work or family conflict? Find out what they did that day and knock it out on your schedule.
Second, an individual wants to simply work out on their schedule. This is pretty typical when spouses, kids and demanding jobs come along. There is plenty of programing on line that can be utilized. And, if you have done CrossFit for a time, you will know the motions and movements necessary for most wods. Additionally, the cost of membership at a CrossFit Box is not cheap. A nice Garage Gym can be outfitted with 6 months (or there about, depending on the volume of gear) of membership.
Who will be working out with you?
This is as important a question as the first one. Will you be working out with a spouse and need a set of men's and women's bars, bumpers and med balls? A bigger range of kettle bell weights? Will your neighbors of friends be showing up to work our in your Garage Gym? How about kids? Do you have CrossFit Kids or Teens in the house? All of these considerations will cause you to modify your gear purchases.
What space will you be converting?
Virtually any space can be made functional. Ideally the ceiling will be tall enough for rings, a pull up bar (or small garage rig) and possibly a climbing rope. Not all of us have 15 foot ceilings in our garages or basements, and this is where you have to be innovative. Rig posts can be shortened, can attach directly to your joist, and pull up bars can hang off the wall or the ceiling.
Gymnastic Ring Mounts
How much floor space do you have? I guess it depends. Will this be a shared space with vehicles when you are not working out? Does the gear need to be easily moved and stored? Will a permanent rig work with your floor space?
How about Equipment?
Well, again this is a very personal question. This can be figured out after the questions above are answered. A barbell, bumpers, rings and a pull up bar is the simplest starting configuration. Think of all the moves, lifts, and potential wods that you can do! Then, add a plyo box. Then add a squat rack and bench.... it goes on forever.
Equally important is your budget. It is easy to start with a few hundred dollars, or a few thousand dollars. Some build slowly, some all at once. That is completely up to you.
As always, we are here to help. We have preconfigured Garage Gym packages that can be modified in any way.
thanks for your time. We would be happy to hear your comments or ideas.