Pros And Cons Of Owning A Garage Gym

A lot of you are finally about to start training in a commercial gym which is great!

However, I know just as many of you are probably still stuck at home and losing your hard-earned gains which is always heartbreaking if you know my story.

So with that, I’m going to go over some of the pros and cons of owning a home gym and why making the investment is going to be such a great idea.

Let’s get started!

PROS

More Time

First up on our list today is obviously the time you save training at home!

If you don’t have to get ready to drive out in public and enter a commercial gym, think of all the time you’ll save every week, month, years and even decades!

Being able to simply walk into your garage and start training will save you tons of time and to some people, this is the most important reason to drop the commercial gym and invest in a garage gym.

Money

Next up is the money you’ll save over time.

If you only have a $10 membership at something like a Fitness for 10 sure it’ll take a while before the savings come in.

For everybody else, most gym memberships can range anywhere from $20-$200+ per month.

Which is kind of crazy to me to even consider wasting money on.

By investing in a garage gym now, which of course costs money upfront, you’ll save money forever and it will constantly be a reminder of what investing in your training properly can do for you.

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Music

When it comes to music in commercial gyms, quite frankly it sucks.

Not everybody likes listening to mainstream music. Especially not while training.

Also, the idea of training with headphones in and having your phone in your pocket never made any sense to me.

I feel like for most people it’s going to get in the way and distract you on your heavy sets.

That’s why having a garage gym with your own sound system set to your music is awesome!

Plus you can have PR songs available when you need to dig deep and push yourself for a new Personal Record.

Listening to music that pumps you up definitely gives you a psychological boost obviously!

Child Care

I know a lot of you have kids out there and having to drag them to the gym with you is probably a huge pain some days.

Even having to pay a babysitter every time you go to the gym doesn’t sound very appealing at all.

Instead, training in the comfort of your home will allow you to get your kids in on staying healthy and developing good habits from a young age.

Or just being able to train peacefully knowing they’re safe inside is going to be enough reason for most to drop the gym membership and start building a garage gym.

Equipment

Let’s be honest, some equipment at commercial gyms just sucks.

Sure the cable and machine equipment are pretty nice and give you a ton of training variety.

However, when it comes to power racks and barbells, a lot of gyms just don’t invest as wisely as they could.

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That’s why building your own gym is so fun to me!

You can get whatever equipment you want and slowly invest in new pieces as time goes by.

Of course there will be some maintenance in the future but you don’t have to worry about a wobbly gym bench and barbell with super smooth knurling causing an injury.

No People Bothering You & Waiting For Equipment

I shouldn’t have to tell you guys that most gyms have a ton of people that want to be social and talk to everybody.

Not only is this distracting but it’s also quite annoying.

Especially when you have to wait for equipment because of them!

This is always a pain when you see guys curling in the squat rack.

Which is a huge gym no no that will get people cursing your existence I promise!

Not having to wait for equipment and constantly being distracted by other people is such a huge positive I could make a whole video on it!

Seriously, this is the main reason I built mine and why I’ll never go back to a public gym ever again!

No Rules

Commercial gyms have a lot of rules. Some of them definitely make sense, wipe down your equipment, make sure you wear clothes, etc.

Sometimes these rules don’t make a lot of sense.

One gym I went to had bumper plates and Olympic lifting platforms to do Olympic lifts.
Obviously, once you’re done doing an Olympic lift such as the Clean or Snatch, is to drop the weight from overhead.

Well, this gym had a rule saying you couldn’t drop the weights which don’t make sense when that’s exactly what bumper plates and platforms are for!

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Having a garage gym means you can drop your weights, scream, yell, wear no shoes, or even a shirt if you don’t want to.

Most gyms don’t allow chalk and that’s just absolute nonsense for those that want to get as big and strong as possible.

Those that don’t allow chalk don’t care about you lifting safe and preventing injuries.

And of course, the most important reasoning for lack of rules is simply the freedom of training in your own domain.

Nothing will ever matter more to me than having my own space to clear my head and get quality training in.

Never Have To Look For Weights

And finally, probably the best reason for wanting a garage gym that I can think of is not having to go look for weights!

So many times at public gyms you hear stories about not being able to find the weights you need because they’re being used by somebody.

Or even worse, nobody re-racked the weights. Which, EVEN WORSE, means Justin Bieber wrote a new song.

Somebody please stop him…

But honestly, having a nice organized storage area in your garage gym where the weights are always accessible is awesome and definitely a huge positive for any garage gym.

CONS

While owning a garage gym is seriously awesome and makes a ton of sense, unfortunately for some people it just isn’t in the cards. 

This list of cons is some that I’ve thought of for average people but if I missed some definitely let me know about it!

Investment

Probably the #1 biggest con to owning a garage gym is the investment necessary. 
Sure, you can make do with a basic rack, some plates, and a barbell. 

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But to get more beyond that is going to cost you. 

If you choose to get a full dumbbell set, that will cost you over $1000 right there. 

Getting rubber horse stall mats is a couple hundred bucks.

Then of course there are extra plates which are usually priced per lb or more, add in cable machines and incline benches and it could cost a couple of grand to make the garage gym of your dreams!

Luckily you can mitigate all of these costs by investing slowly over time. 

Start with the rack, barbell and plates and slowly start adding pieces as you go along. 

That way you won’t break the bank all at one time and you can still keep making progress building your own gym, just like you make progress in the gym. 

Training Variety

Next up is training variety. 

I don’t have to tell you that most commercial gyms have access to tons of weights, barbells, and dumbbells. 

But they also have access to machines which is a big part of a lot of bodybuilders training. 

If you want more variety you’re going to have to buy machines that give you the best bang for your buck while also being space friendly, or just join a public gym. 

Whatever you choose there are still tons of options available with just barbell, bodyweight, and dumbbell training if you have adjustable dumbbells. 

It’s really up to you and your particular training style to determine if it’s worth the long term investment. 

For 99% of the population, you’ll make more progress using barbell, dumbbell, and bodyweight training than anything else. 

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You could never use machines or cable work and still get all of the gains you’ll ever get in your lifetime which is definitely something to consider!

Loss Of Space

Obviously a big reason people can’t get a garage gym is because they don’t have a garage!

Most apartment buildings don’t come with garage units and even if they do they’re tiny, aka 1 car garages. 

For those that have garages, they might not want to take up all the space available for equipment only. 

That’s why most people just spend the money on a membership and all the hassles that come with that instead. 

Luckily, there are options out there for people that don’t have a ton of space, if you get a foldable rack like this one from rogue fitness, you can save a ton of space and still get your training in for a cheap price! 

Check it out and see if it works for you!

Climate Issues

Climate issues are a big factor to consider when it comes to training in a garage. 

Unlike big box gyms which have ac units and heaters, garages are exposed to the elements. 

When its hot, you’ll boil inside. 

When it’s cold, you’ll freeze. 

And when its raining, snowing or meteorites are falling from the sky we’re all there experiencing it front and center!

Once again though these are easy to fix!

Simply get a big fan for your garage for summer and wear layers in winter. 

As you warm up in winter you can take layers off and using a fan and staying hydrated in summer helps a ton as well. 

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Might Cause Motivation Issues For Some People

This is the final con that I can see people having. 

By training at home, it’s really easy to make excuses and call it quits early. 

After all, right inside is where your kitchen and bed are. 

Both easy excuses to just stop what you’re doing, get some food and take a nap. 

For those that are externally motivated, they need other people around to keep them going. 
Which is always a bad state of mind to be in anyways. 

For those that are internally motivated, training in a garage gym is super easy and requires no effort. 

I would know because I can motivate myself to do anything that promises better performance in the gym. 

For those that lose motivation easily, you simply need to be disciplined instead. 

Don’t complain and be upset that you HAVE to workout. 

Be excited that you get to workout and move the needle forward a little every time you go out and keep progressing. 

After all, our time is limited. 

Spending it out of shape and weak is pointless and will never make any sense to me. 

Bottom line.

Until next time,

-Dante Redgrave

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danteredgrave

I'm a Strength Coach and Content Creator with freedom on my mind! Without strength training, I hate to think of where I would be without it. What kind of person I would be, what kind of shape I would be in. It scares me, and that's why every day is a new chance to better myself. Anybody that's interested I am taking online clients now! Just shoot me an email and know you won't find a better deal online or offline. Guaranteed:)

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