The Garage Gym (With Video)

Screen shot 2009-10-27 at 5.13.19 PMBy: Kevin Larrabee, CSCS

Yeah, I get it, you have to drive 30 minutes each way to the facility you train at. Then there is bad weather, holidays when it is closed, and the desire to spend more time with your family (or dog). And yes, I do know, because these last 18 months I have driven 30-60 minutes each way to train at Cressey Performance or recently to when I was working. That is sometimes 10+ hours spent in the car per week not accounting for traffic/weather. These are the reasons that I am writing this blog. To show you my setup at my house that saves me time and money without sacrificing a great training effect.

The location: my garage (aka, my parent’s garage since I live with them…give me a break I am 23 and have car payments…)

The Equipment:

  • TRX Suspension Trainer ($149 from Fitness Anywhere)
  • 4 First Place Kettelbells from Perform Better’s summer sale (8kg, 16kg, 20kg, 24kg) and a KB buddy (adds 2kg extra weight)
  • Valslides (roughly $30 at Perform Better)
  • Minibands in 1/2 inch and 1 inch thicknesses.
  • Ab roller ($10 on Amazon)
  • 12lb TKO Medball ($36 from Amazon)
  • iPod nano with some Rise Against on it (and Paramore, got a problem with that?)

Here is a video of the setup.


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3 Responses

  1. Roland says:

    Nice going, Kevin! A heavy sandbag might be a good add down the road. Good stuff there!

  2. Erica says:

    Speed rope: $5.99 from Sports Authority

  3. Chad says:

    Hey man I love the equipment you’ve got going there.

    No jump rope or sledge hammer + tire though! Both are cheap and easy to use… One-arm sledge’s are great for power and both are easy to find.

    The site’s awesome too, tons of info and content. Thanks for your articles they’ve got a lot of value to them!