How a Coffee Shop and Roaster Built an Amazing 8K$ Home Gym for Mental Health and Fitness

  • Building a home gym has been a game changer for Dwight’s mental health, family life, and business.
  • You can create a fantastic setup for as little as $5,000. This particular gym cost $8,900, the high price is mainly due to the $3,500 assault runner
home gym ideas 8000usd
home gym ideas 8000usd

Meet Dwight, a 35-year-old man living in the Midwest with his wife and two young children. He is the owner of a coffee shop and wholesale roasting company that he founded in 2016.

As a busy small business owner and primary caregiver for his children, finding time to exercise regularly was a challenge for Dwight.

Building a Home Gym for His Mental Health

Dwight has struggled with mental health issues, including ADHD, and has found exercise to be one of the best remedies for his symptoms.

However, getting to the gym consistently required too much time sacrifice, so he didn’t go often.

During the coronavirus lockdown, Dwight’s business took a huge financial hit, which was a challenge for him. Still, he saw his neighbour had built a home gym, which gave him some inspiration.

Dwight took advantage of a brief surplus of cash and pulled the trigger on a power rack, stall mats, bar, and plates. The rest he purchased over the next 12 months.

Having a home gym has been a game changer for Dwight, as he can now work out any time he wants without having to wait for anyone else. This convenience has made his workouts far more efficient, but it hasn’t come without its challenges.

home gym ideas 8K
home gym ideas 8K

Challenges of Building a Home Gym

One of the biggest challenges Dwight faced was arranging his home gym efficiently without it being too intrusive on his family space.

His garage, which is smaller than most two-car garages, also stores a lot of toys and yard work supplies, so he had to play Tetris to make everything work. He even had to move and rearrange everything last month to make room for a new car that was bigger than the old one.

Another challenge Dwight faces is the unpredictable Midwest weather. His garage isn’t temperature controlled, which makes squatting at 6:00 am with a bar that freezes sweat an unpleasant experience. Additionally, doing high rep supersets when it’s 95° and as humid as a swamp is also not the best.

assault home gym
Bowflex adjustable kettlebell and assault home gym

Working Out with Mind Pump Media’s MAPS Programs

For workouts, Dwight has gone through Mind Pump Media’s MAPS programs for the last year. He couldn’t even squat 135lbs when he got the rack in 2022 and he is now up to 250×5 currently.

He has done Anabolic twice, Performance once, and is on the second round of Aesthetic currently.

The programs are full-body workouts, with no splits, so he hits every muscle group with one exercise 3-4 times a week.

Some phases of Mind Pump’s programs are pretty intense, and the foundational workouts can run from 90 minutes to 2 hours.

One of the greatest things about having a home gym is that Dwight can break up the workout into two sessions during the day, fitting it around his busy schedule.

$8,9K Home Gym Equipment

Total home gym cost = $8,900

Home Gym Ideas Photos

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rogue monster lite rack home gym ideas
powerblock sport adjustable dumbbells
powerblock sport adjustable dumbbells
Rogue weight plates home gym ideas
Rogue weight plates home gym ideas
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Marsafit pull down cable attachments home gym ideas
Rogue home gym wall storage hangars
Rogue home gym wall storage hangars
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garage gym idea setup
assault fitness runner
assault fitness runner

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