Garage Gym

Lift Heavy Shit without Breaking the Bank


Garage-GymTake a look at the photo to the right.  This is the place I love most in the world, it’s my garage gym.

I can walk through those barn doors pissed, stressed or anxious and walk back out an hour later with the kind of perspective that only a barbell can provide.

Building out my garage gym is one of the best things I’ve ever done and I devote considerable resources to helping spread the word.

If you want to convert your garage, spare bedroom or unfinished basement, you don’t need to drop much cash to get started.  Be sure to check out my garage gym guide for the minimum equipment you need to get started.

If you’ve moved beyond that list and want to build some of your own equipment, be sure to take a look at some of my posts below outlining the equipment I’ve built over the years.


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Pull Up Bars

Mounted into brick wallI have built 3 pull-up bar rigs to date.  These have ranged from modest to huge super structures meant to accommodate over 40 people.  Each of the bars was built using the same basic, easy to work with materials.  With proper planning, a few basic tools and a free weekend, you too can build your own pull-up system. In this series I walk you through all the steps to build your own rig.  Click to read more >>

Pulling Blocks / Jerk Boxes

Jerk Boxes / Pulling BlocksWorking the Snatch and Clean from blocks is one of the most effective ways to improve those lifts.  The problem is that commercial pulling blocks can be extremely expensive.  In this post I outline a simple set of blocks I built and in this follow up post I compared the cost of this project to ready made options available from the likes of Rogue and MDUSA.  Click to read more >>


IMG_1472Whether you’re a crossfitter looking to get in more gymnastics skill time or someone looking to outfit your home gym with a new piece of equipment, parallettes are a great option.  You can build the rock solid pvc parallettes outlined in this post for less than $30 in material costs and with less than an hour of your time.  I walk you through the simple build with a short video.  Click to read more >>

Homemade Mobility Tools

mobility-foam-rollerDon’t have mobility tools at home?  Think again, there are likely plenty of items already laying around your home you can use to mobilize.  In this post, I show you a number of household items that can be used as alternatives to common mobility tools you might find at your gym as well as some very cheap options to start building your at-home mobility toolbox.  No more excuses after reading this!  Click to read more >>