Episode 159: Learn frugal tips for building a garage gym, including a few pros and cons to consider.
Sean’s money went toward buying a $70 pull-up bar to start putting together a home gym. He also bought a set of rings to be able to do ring rows and dips. For Sean, between his basic setup, bodyweight movements, cycling, and running, paying for a gym membership is unnecessary.
Benefits of Building a Garage Gym
The main benefit of having a garage gym is that it’s a frugal alternative to paying for a gym membership. With a few basic pieces of equipment, you can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars each year.
It’s also a matter of convenience: it’s hard to skip the gym if you have a garage gym.
Cons of Having a Garage Gym
For some, not having the financial commitment attached to a gym membership takes away some of the motivation people need to get out the door.
There are also safety considerations to consider. Loading up weights while alone in your home gym is always a bad idea. Setting up equipment improperly can also be a safety concern. Consider using bodyweight activities when training alone.
Frugal Tips for Building a Garage Gym
To maximize your savings while building a garage gym, try the following frugal tips:
Look for used or second-hand equipment to stock your home gym.
Go through Amazon for basic gym equipment, and use the Honey app to save more.
Use sites like Two Rep Cave to read equipment reviews and save with affiliate discounts.
Build your own equipment— step-up boxes are one example of equipment you can DIY with minimal handy skills.
Scale over time. There are plenty of exercises you can do with the weight of your body or affordable resistance bands from Amazon. Scale-up as your budget allows.
Remember, it’s not the equipment that will help you reach your goals; it’s dedication and tenacity.