“Now go do your best. Be bold and mighty forces will come to you aid.” Elaine Miller, Almost Famous
Hello! Hope you enjoyed your weekend. The weekend at the Frost/Delaney residence was fairly quiet and involved some of the usual happenings. I took a trip to Whole Foods, enjoyed some workouts and we had friends over for dinner on Saturday night. It was also marked the first full weekend that Scott had not been immersed in a huge project that he started last May. He has literally been building a gym from the ground up. Started at the bottom and now we are finally here. 🙂
Building a Garage Gym
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This journey was a true labor of love and I wanted to share more of the pictures and the milestones of its development. If you see a picture of the gym at the beginning…
and the end result it will show you the magnitude of what he accomplished.
I do believe that there are forces that have the power to help guide us and turn circumstances into our favor. If we persevere through challenges we often come out on the other side in a much better place. Building the gym was not easy to say the least. It involved crazy hours of labor in the heat, late nights, and a lot of sacrifice.
However, I often think that our sheer will to get to our goal trumps all else. Be bold, work hard and crossing our fingers are all part of the formula for success.
Scott called me last May (we were still doing that long distance thing at the time) and told me he was ready to make his dream come true. He did not want to wait any longer to start a gym of his own. Since he had been a trainer for almost 10 years he had soaked in as much knowledge as possible and could envision exactly what he thought was necessary to bring his own gym to life. As we all know any business venture requires a serious plan, money and the willingness to pour your heart and soul into it.
Scott may have been a little short on money, but he possessed all these other qualities ten-fold. He leased a nearby garage, drew a blueprint for the space, and got started.
A garage was a great solution to finding a space because of the low cost. However, it presented a slew of other challenges. In Texas, the heat is oppressive in the summer so dealing with this issue was a huge hurdle. The solution turned out to be a variety of fans strategically placed around the gym to create air flow. A garage is also a small space so in order to maximize what room he had Scott hung almost everything so it would not take up any floor space to allow for foot room.
You will notice that even the stability balls are out of the way. Corner shelves were also helpful in holding fans and other necessary items that you would want strategically placed.
Getting the necessary equipment and pieces for building to the garage was an undertaking in and of itself.
There were many pilgrimages to Home Depot.
No one ever talks about how they get this stuff home. Well…you can actually rent a truck.
For smaller trips, you have to use every possible inch of your trunk.
Sometimes you bring yours truly along…shopping for wood is clearly my favorite activity to do. I do not look lost or anything.
Then there purchases that can only be made online which results in deliveries….many, many deliveries.
The goal was to maximize space as well as utility so transitions are kept to a minimum during training sessions. Every time you move a piece there is nowhere to put it and Scott wanted to minimize that awkwardness. The shelves he built to store the bumper plates, kettlebells and weights had multi-tier storage to keep the space allowance to a minimum. Scott created a lip at the base of the bumper plate storage so that the plates would simply roll in.
The platforms created from mats also allowed the space to be maximized since they are multi-purpose and not elevated. The awesome turf which can be used for a variety of floor exercises? Seasonal outdoor carpeting proved to be the solution here.
Having two separate areas to the gym despite the small space allows for easy transition for different workouts and more than one personal can workout at any given time.
The trap bar is one of Scott’s go-to pieces and since it is rather cumbersome he developed a way that it could be stored, secured, and tucked away as much as possible.
Meet the Parents
Who can you depend on to help you built a gym in 100 degree heat when the minions are proving to be lazy?
Why your dad of course. Scott’s parents visit happened to coincide with the building of the gym. Scott’s dad who is a banker by trade was enlisted as a volunteer carpenter.
Clearly he was not working hard enough, so he was brought on as a maverick electrician too. Engineering all of the cords for to run electricity and created ways to keep them as out of the way as possible. Since the electricity was through the ceiling for the electric garage door opener the extension cords had to be run through the brackets on the garage door. They then had to be secured high and run down along the walls the edge of the wall on the side of the mats for minimal clutter. Complicated stuff!
Scott always thought ahead and not only considered use, but how each piece would be accessed. For example, rubber mats allow you to vary the height and re-purpose benches and tools for a variety of purposes. They can also adjust equipment for different size people. The mats are stored on top of the weight benches so they are kept out of the way. However, you can easily grab one if there is a need. The bars are kept on a horizontal wall rack or “gun rack” so they are stored horizontally on the wall to allow for easy use. The TRX is mounted high but again easy to access.
Jerk blocks can be used for a huge variety of exercises. They were expensive, but they are a huge focal point of the gym and can be used for everything.The 45 degree hyper ($75) and the bench ($50) were the only other two pieces of equipment that Scott purchased that took up significant space.
By having anchor points for bands where needed Scott was able to replace cable exercise with bands. They are strategically placed around the gym where necessary. Scott avoided pegs though so they protrude and would take away from the feeling of open space. A landmine from Rogue replaced a permanent bar sleeve that would have taken up a lot of the available floor space. The battling ropes are tucked away on the side as opposed to most gyms where they are on full display. Carabineers were also key.
Open for Business
When Scott reflected on finishing the gym he said, “Never let what you have limit what you can do. Sometimes you have to invent what you need whether it be figuring out a way to workout in a small space or finding a way to reach your goals.”
The garage gym is now finished and open for business. Obviously where there is a will there is a way. I am blown away by Scott and the hard work and passion he put into building his dream.
As always, be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.