Have you ever gone house-hunting for a home to rent using nothing but Google Street View and Craigslist? Me neither… that is up until 3 months ago in a state of near desperation. I can’t count how many times I called up a homeowner a mere THREE days after they posted a listing to hear, “Oh, the house has already been rented.”
So, when I came across a listing for a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom house, I pounced on the opportunity to rent it simply because:
1. It had a yard for my dog.
2. It had a 2-car garage for the Garage Gym of My Dreams
3. It had no HOA so we can drop all the weights we wanted.
We knew NOTHING about this Colorado house other than what we could discern from Google Street View. Yet, faster than you could say “3…2…1…GO,” we had called the property manager and filled & faxed out a renters application simply because we NEEDED that 2-car garage!!!
And now that we have the space, here is what we’re envisioning: A power rack, barbells and weights, a platform, rings, pullup bar(s), kettlebells, box jumps, a small area for mobility WOD and foam rolling…
The real challenge will be deciding which equipment we can do the most with given the small amount of space.
Please note: There is no room for a car in the 2-car garage! In fact, The Rules are that only the following may be stored in the garage:
- Bikes and boards used for transportation
- Gym equipment
- Tools used to fix bikes or make gym equipment
And here is the rest of the Garage Gym Wishlist. The power rack, barbells, and weights are absolutely essential. If I can do nothing else in that gym, I atleast need to be able to squat, bench, deadlift, press, and powerclean. Next would be a set of gymnast rings – most everything I can do on a pullup bar, I can do on rings and then some. My last essential item is a sled for conditioning… I already have cash set aside specifically for it! I think I’ll be able to do A LOT with just these items. But, just for fun here are the other things we dream of eventually having:
If you have a garage gym, I’d love to hear what your Essentials are. What items do you use the most? The least?