Monday, March 7, 2011

The evolution of a home gym

During my 2 month recovery from ankle arthroscopy I had ample time to think of many useless ideas.

One idea that has actually started to evolve into a pretty cool reality is my “home gym” project.

When most people think of a home gym they picture elliptical machines and treadmills.

This is not the type of gym I have envisioned.

You see I am not a "gym guy".

 I see exercise as “elemental”.

By elemental I mean that exercising outdoors does something for me that you cannot get from a temperature controlled environment, (which my garage is not).

I’m really into the idea of “functional fitness", and I want the components of the gym to reflect that.


I’m sure it looks spartan to the casual observer with everything that's available for home fitness these days, but it’s always evolving and works.

The concept began with two Thule straps hanging from the rafters of my garage. Why Thule straps you may ask?

The straps are my “DIY” ode to the “TRX” Suspension trainer which retails for $189.00.

The idea kind of took off from there and I have since added;

-A bench (incline/decline)

-A “pull-up/ dip” tower

-Padding for the floor

-Kettle bells

 I have to have my music, so while I was out with the surgery (much to my Doctor’s chagrin); I installed an old home theater system receiver in one of the cabinets and ran the speakers for surround sound. (I plug my Netbook or MP-3 player in at the DVD jack).


I picked up some cabinet handles and screwed them into a log for a variety of exercises like squats, presses and lunges. (Works well because it’s awkward to handle and you can always cut a heavier piece)


Some of the things I’m thinking about in the future include;

-A heavy bag (Not for traditional purposes)

- A 3 inch PVC pipe with water inside sealed at both ends. (These things are a trip to work with)

- Possibly a “boldering” wall down the road.

If you have any cool ideas send them my way.


Steve