Well, I have been a busy guy. Since launching Mulligan Fitness in 2013, I got engaged and married, coached two high school football seasons, moved into an apartment, bought a house, ran bootcamps and trained people both in person and online. But my latest project has been in the works long before any of those events. This project is the sum of countless birthdays, paychecks, and holidays. This project was the brainchild of a High School sophomore, who really liked the freedom allowed when training in his basement way back in the early 2000’s after Santa bought him a weight set and bench for Christmas. Obviously, that kid was ME, and I am talking about finally building a kick ass home gym!
I have wanted to have a place where I can train on my own terms, with the equipment that matters to me. I am proud to say, my garage gym is real, and it is spectacular (at least to me)!
It wasn’t easy!
When my wife and I were house hunting, my main requirement was that I have a space big enough to put all my gym stuff in. Being first time house buyers, our budget wasn’t all that high, and our search proved pretty fruitless. But one morning, we saw a listing with a massive, two story detached garage that I thought was PERFECT. The house wasn’t bad either. Two days later, we put in an offer and a few months after that, we had ourselves a garage… I mean…a home. Not long after we closed, we discovered that the garage needed some serious work. It actually wasn’t a garage anymore – at some point in the structure’s long history, the garage door was enclosed, and the entire space was sheet-rocked, insulated, and an attic was added. All of that had to either be redone, or undone. But I saw the potential. The clearance wasn’t high enough, so I wanted to tear the ceiling down so I can lift over head. The sheet-rock was water damaged, so we had to tear it out and start over. With lots of help from my dad, his friend Rocco, my brother and of course, my wife Val, we finally made it look like a gym!
AFTER- A fully stocked GARAGE GYM!
As I mentioned earlier, I acquired my equipment over several years, the first being a barbell and metal weights from Santa in 2002, which are in my garage right now. From there I added things slowly, piece by piece, waiting for sales around the holidays on the big stuff, and looking for free shipping on other things throughout the year. The best time to buy is usually around Black Friday. My favorite equipment manufacturer, Rogue Fitness, usually has a shipping deal and a couple of decent sales, a very rare event for them. I bought two kettlebells in 2010 from Perform Better, and then a slam ball shortly thereafter. My equipment buying ramped up quite a bit after Val bought me a Prowler for my birthday in 2011. No wonder I ended up marrying her. And yes Honey, you created a monster. I started really focusing on Olympic lifts in 2012, so I started buying bumper plates, mainly from Pendlay. I would lift in my parents’ backyard, ruining the grass in the process. In 2013, I built an Olympic platform to spare my parents’ grass, and also added a Rogue S-1 squat stand and an Again Faster Team Barbell. My most recent acquisition, a barely used Rogue Abram GHD, was purchased from a local Crossfit box after responding to an ad on Craigslist. I also built my own pull up bar and pulley machine, added more kettelbells, set up a landmine, hung rings and blast straps and slowly built up an arsenal mobility equipment and accessories like chains and ropes. I feel like I finally have all I need to keep my training focused and fun for whatever my goals happen to be.
What’s Next for the site
Content! Seriously, I will be updating the site a bit more regularly in the coming weeks. Look for blog posts from me, my wife, and some videos on a number of topics. Stay tuned!
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