From CrossFit to Home Gym: Tyler’s $11,000 Garage Gym Setup
- Discover How Tyler Transitioned from CrossFit to Building a $11K Home Gym
- Want to Build Your Own Home Gym? Learn from Tyler’s Tips on Space, Budget, and Discipline to Create Your Perfect Workout Haven
Meet Tyler, a home gym owner who works in Regulatory Reporting at a large financial institution. He lives with his wife, who is a director at a beauty company, their son, and their furry companion. They are also expecting a baby girl very soon, which is an exciting time for the family!
Fitness has been an important part of Tyler’s and his wife’s life for many years, and he has tried various workout regimes throughout his journey. He started working out during his senior year of high school and began his fitness journey at a traditional gym. Later on, he started doing CrossFit in college before transitioning back to a traditional gym. Finally, he decided to create a home gym, which is where he currently works out exclusively.
Why a home gym?
Tyler decided to build his home gym because he enjoys working out and was tired of paying $150 a month for a CrossFit membership. He has since moved away from CrossFit workouts and focuses more on full-body workouts for strength and hypertrophy.
Having a home gym has become a necessity for him due to his busy schedule with work and family commitments. His wife also uses the gym multiple times a week, and their son loves being in there with them, “working out” too! 👇
Challenges of Building a Home Gym
Creating a home gym can be a significant challenge. Firstly, one needs to have the appropriate space to house the equipment. Tyler has worked out in different locations, such as outdoors, a covered patio, and a carport. However, he currently works out in his garage.
The cost can also be a challenge, but like anything else, if you prioritize your savings and buy what you can reasonably afford, it is achievable. To offset some of the costs, Tyler used equipment flipping. He would buy sets of equipment and sell what he didn’t want, keeping only what he needed.
Home Gym vs CrossFit
Tyler shares that working out at home requires more discipline, as there is no one to motivate or hold you accountable. He misses the community aspect of CrossFit but not the workouts.
It can be easy to get distracted, but one must remain focused to achieve their fitness goals. He also emphasizes the importance of having proper form, videoing oneself if needed, and always using safeties on the rack when lifting.
Home Gym Workout Programs
Tyler follows a specific workout program, which makes it easier for him not to think about what he needs to do for the day.
Currently, he works out three days per week, doing full-body workouts. He has also tried Jason Brown‘s programs and likes them as well, but they require more time commitment than he can afford at the moment.
The Cost of His Home Gym
Tyler estimates that it would cost around $11-12k if he were to buy all the equipment new. However, he has managed to keep his costs down by buying and selling equipment over the years. He currently has approximately $8k invested in his home gym. He recommends that those looking to create their home gym start small and build up over time.
Follow Tyler’s Journey
Tyler’s fitness journey has been exciting and challenging at times, but he has managed to find a workout routine that works for him and his family.
His home gym has been a significant investment, but it has also been a worthwhile one. He shares his garage gym content on Instagram, and those interested can follow him @ty_wagoner.
Home Gym Equipment
- Rack: Rogue RM-3 Monster Rack (gun metal) 100” with sandwich j-cup and safety straps $1,595
- Bench: Rogue Adjustable Bench 3.0 $595
- Weight Plates:
- Rogue hi-temp bumper plates 400lbs $600 (used, new around $1k)
- Rubber coated GPI weights 500lbs (used) $500
- Kettlebells: 44, 53, 62, 70, 88 kettlebell pairs (mix of new and used) $650
- Cardio: Rogue Echo bike $850
- Titan crash pads $150
- Sorinex war hammer $50 (used)
- Kabuki ShouldeRök (shoulder strength) $190
- Rogue monster and monster shorty exercise bands $200
- Spud inc: lat saw kit $215
Total Home Gym Cost = $10,925