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b00ts

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Amateur Fighter
Oct 21, 2015
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Finally turning the garage into a home gym and trying to jot down what to start shopping for. I mostly do a 5x5 and kettlebells.

I’m going to start with rubber floor sections, a bench/squat rack w/pull-up bars, bench, Olympic bar, weights @ 4x45, 2x35, 2x25, 2x10, 4x5, And 2x2.5, a kettlebell rack, and probably a speed bag in the corner.

Was thinking of installing a water machine, recessed speakers in the ceiling, and mirrors, but then I decided that would be douchey.

Any other tips from others that have done this?

I was going to do a home golf simulator, but don’t have the ceiling height I would like in the garage.
 

Rambo John J

Saper Aude
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Jan 17, 2015
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I just have a pull up rack with squats and bench capability...only doing squats and pull ups right now...I do dumbbell bench on the mobile bench
Got ton of barbells...I collect old strongman looking dumbbells, I find a few each summer at old people estate sales...Old dumbbells feel so much better in the hand



I have heavy bag also...need to get back to giving some work(gotta clear out the garage a little more first)

Of course it really depends on what you like to do, sounds like you got that dialed in.

Check your Craiglist and stuff...Tons of great deals as people upgrade or sell off their shit...I am about to put a great Bench/multi purpose thing on craigslist for a screaming deal because I need the space so I can re-hang the heavy bag to practice my CroCop southpaw shit again

Mine Gym is Ghetto though...concrete floors and padding only in a square around the heavy bag...non heated area because it is part carport part garage...have boxed and pumped Iron in 25ish degree temps with many layers on
 

b00ts

twitch.tv/CajunPwnStar
Amateur Fighter
Oct 21, 2015
5,549
8,548
I just have a pull up rack with squats and bench capability...only doing squats and pull ups right now...I do dumbbell bench on the mobile bench
Got ton of barbells...I collect old strongman looking dumbbells, I find a few each summer at old people estate sales...Old dumbbells feel so much better in the hand



I have heavy bag also...need to get back to giving some work(gotta clear out the garage a little more first)

Of course it really depends on what you like to do, sounds like you got that dialed in.

Check your Craiglist and stuff...Tons of great deals as people upgrade or sell off their shit...I am about to put a great Bench/multi purpose thing on craigslist for a screaming deal because I need the space so I can re-hang the heavy bag to practice my CroCop southpaw shit again

Mine Gym is Ghetto though...concrete floors and padding only in a square around the heavy bag...non heated area because it is part carport part garage...have boxed and pumped Iron in 25ish degree temps with many layers on
I’ve got about $300 in Academy Sports gift cards I’ve saved up from Christmas and birthdays, so I’ll probably get a quality rack from there and then check sales there or Craigslist, Amazon, etc. after
 

Yossarian

TMMAC Addict
Oct 25, 2015
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I just have a pull up rack with squats and bench capability...only doing squats and pull ups right now...I do dumbbell bench on the mobile bench
Got ton of barbells...I collect old strongman looking dumbbells, I find a few each summer at old people estate sales...Old dumbbells feel so much better in the hand



I have heavy bag also...need to get back to giving some work(gotta clear out the garage a little more first)

Of course it really depends on what you like to do, sounds like you got that dialed in.

Check your Craiglist and stuff...Tons of great deals as people upgrade or sell off their shit...I am about to put a great Bench/multi purpose thing on craigslist for a screaming deal because I need the space so I can re-hang the heavy bag to practice my CroCop southpaw shit again

Mine Gym is Ghetto though...concrete floors and padding only in a square around the heavy bag...non heated area because it is part carport part garage...have boxed and pumped Iron in 25ish degree temps with many layers on
I do a lot with dumbbells as well. Takes a lot more work, stabilizing, etc.
 

Tuc Ouiner

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May 19, 2016
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jump rope, chin up bar, wrist roller-- a broomstick w/a hole drilled in it. stick about 1ft long. 550 cord about 3ft long with a plate10lb+.Roll it both ways. grip tape is good. great for forearms. foam on floor-- gotta do neck bridges.
 

Thunderhead

Assman Extraordinaire
Dec 12, 2017
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Finally turning the garage into a home gym and trying to jot down what to start shopping for. I mostly do a 5x5 and kettlebells.

I’m going to start with rubber floor sections, a bench/squat rack w/pull-up bars, bench, Olympic bar, weights @ 4x45, 2x35, 2x25, 2x10, 4x5, And 2x2.5, a kettlebell rack, and probably a speed bag in the corner.

Was thinking of installing a water machine, recessed speakers in the ceiling, and mirrors, but then I decided that would be douchey.

Any other tips from others that have done this?

I was going to do a home golf simulator, but don’t have the ceiling height I would like in the garage.
You can't go wrong with a pair of these Olympic dumbbell handles:


Beats buying a full rack of dumbbells if you're on a budget.
 

ENOCK

Underneath Denver International Airport
Jun 19, 2016
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Jump Rope



Punching Bag






Speed Bag









Bench - Weights







Air Dyne





Rowing Machine:







Wooden Dummy!!!



 

sparkuri

Pulse On The Finger Of The Community
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Jan 16, 2015
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For guys like us, I feel an inversion table is necessary.
Also physical therapy colored bands & gym rings w/straps.
I just started setting up my morning studio, got some puzzle mats(3-layers then some) & about to mount a 55"tv for meditation or music on that osb.
Got the perfect pushup swivels, you can see the one by the base of the inversion table.
I'm gonna build a small bench for flies and gravity presses, tricep extensions, dips and whatnot.
The rings will mount to ceiling pulleys which will cover rows at all angles, and bands will tie off on some some eye lags on that wall.
I'm a firm believer in balanced, practical exercise, so I've pretty much got all I need, except the big wall-mount mirror, which imo is actually truly important.
In the beginning stages...

 
Dec 1, 2019
7
8
I have:
  • Rubber mats
  • Dumbbell rack
  • Power rack (cage)
  • Barbell
  • Barbell Weight rack
  • Adjustable bench
  • Pull up bar
  • Dip station
  • Dumbbells/Kettlebells
  • Assault Bike (Airdyne)
  • Foam rollers
  • Hex bar
  • TV
  • Treadmill
  • Heavy Bag
 

Leigh

Professional Fighter
Moderator
Pro Fighter
Jan 26, 2015
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I have Olympic rings, which about covers me. I also use a kettle bell to do Bulgarian Split Squats.
 

Rambo John J

Saper Aude
First 100
Jan 17, 2015
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Sold a sturdy weight bench with like 280 in weights a few days back...complete with curl bar, tricep bar and some other goodies.

Neighbor kid is a runt with insane basketball skills...Hope he gets a growth spurt and ends up all jacked up and goes pro, then I will be his agent.

Gave a screaming deal under the condition that I can still go over and use it a few times a week.
 

Rambo John J

Saper Aude
First 100
Jan 17, 2015
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49,175
Power rack (something like this FULL CAGE 2.0 )
Adjustable bench (flat / incline)
Olympic bar
140kg of plates
10, 20, 30kg dumbells
I have a similar one in my living room...with the bar dip accessory...mine is a lil beefier and has more pull up grip options

Can only rip off sets of 12 pull ups right now though...I used to do 20 before surgery set my abs back for a few years

I love the different pull up grips on my rack