Let me start by saying, everyone can and should have some sort of garage gym setup!
OccasionallyÂ life gets in the way, and having a garage gym can help you stay on track. But there are a lot more reasons than that, and you probably have some questions/concerns, likeâ€¦
- Itâ€™s too expensiveâ€¦
- Maybe you think your performance will suffer without a coachâ€¦
- Perhaps you are afraid to lose your gym communityâ€¦
Well, I can tell you itâ€™s not too expensive, becoming your own programmer is pretty simple (if you work at it), and you can still be a part of your gym community!
On top of that, you get these Garage Gym Benefitsâ€¦
- Freedom of your time (workout on YOUR schedule)â€¦
- Freedom of your money (cut the HUGE monthly gym fees)â€¦
- Freedom to do whatever the heck you want (programming)â€¦
Then, after you become a Garage Gym Athlete, and you want to get a little more serious there is always stuff out there like:
- Online coaching (for a fraction of gym fees)
- Free/paid resources and programs
- And AWESOME technology to improve athletes (coaches eye, etc.)
Becoming a Garage Gym Athlete is AWESOME, but letâ€™s talk about some reasons you SHOULD have a garage gymâ€¦perhaps a few reasons you havenâ€™t even thought about.
Letâ€™s get right to it!
The 7 Reasons Why You SHOULD Have a Garage Gym
1.) Holidays – If your family is like mine, the holidays can be crazy. Even if your gym is open, it is going to be hard to make it in with all the meals, events, etc. That is one of the main reasons I think everyone should have at least a few pieces of equipment at home, or in the garage.
2.) Kids/Family – Fitness is important. Having a garage gym can really help you emphasize the importance of fitness in your life to others. For your family and friends, maybe it helps them get in shape, too. For your kids, maybe it provides a lasting influence on them; it lets them know fitness is important and not optional!
3.) Itâ€™s cheap! – If you arenâ€™t afraid of a couple DIY projects you can have a very effective garage gym for very little cash, and we cover that in part two of this series 🙂
4.) Commuting is for the birds – You spend enough time sitting each day! Why add to it with moreâ€¦SITTING! Commuting is wasted time, wasted money, and something that takes away from your health.
5.) Your Garageâ€¦Your Rules – When you become a garage gym athlete, you are in charge of your programming! Want to get stronger, do it! Want to get faster, do it! Donâ€™t sit around and wait/hope for someone to program what you want.
6.) More Time – If you go to a â€œGlobo Gymâ€, you are wasting precious time. You have the commute, which we talked about (5-20+ minutes), the check-in-put-my-stuff-away-and-get-to-the-exercise-equipment dance (10 minutes), waiting-on-randoms-doing-the-exercise-wrong showdown (10 minutes), the hi-I-see-my-neighbor convo (5 minutes)â€¦do some of that in reverse and we are at over an hourâ€¦withoutÂ factoringÂ in the workout!! Get a garage gym and save your time!
7.) It Saves You Money – Yes, you can build a garage gym for cheap, but where the real beauty is not in what it costs you, but what it SAVES you. You can cut on monthly membership fees, which add up A LOT over the years, your healthy lifestyle will help cut insurance costs, and the list goes on and on. There is a lot to a garage gym, but what it saves you may be the biggest!
However, that may leave you with, â€œWhat does it cost?â€ and we will get to that in part two of this series!