Inside James Grage’s $19,500 Home Gym: A Fitness Enthusiast’s Dream
Meet James Grage, a home gym owner with +25 years of expertise in the health and fitness industry. His influence extends worldwide, with features in top fitness magazines and websites, empowering hundreds of thousands of individuals to achieve their fitness goals.
Not only is James a Certified Sports Nutritionist (CISSN) and Certified Fitness Trainer since 1998, but he is also an esteemed member of prestigious organizations like the International Society for Sports Nutrition (ISSN), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA).
Beyond his fitness accomplishments, James is a seasoned entrepreneur in the Sports Nutrition & Supplementation domain, co-founding several highly successful brands. His impressive achievements have earned him recognition as one of the “30 Most Powerful People in Bodybuilding” by Generation Iron.
Currently residing near Miami, Florida, James serves as the Executive Health & Fitness Consultant for Inside Fitness Magazine, continuing to inspire and guide fitness enthusiasts on their journey to a healthier lifestyle.
James Grage Home Gym Equipment
- Rack 1: Rep Fitness 5000 series rack (6 post) with 16″ crossmembers $1,500
- Rack 2: Ethos Power Rack $700
- Rep Fitness Plate Storage Tree $170
- Flooring: 6’x4′ gym stall mats (3/4″ thick) from local gym-flooring supply store in Miami $600
- Homemade cable accessory panel (made from peg board purchased at Lowes – painted red)
- Corrugated roofing for wall behind the dumbbell rack
- (7) 5’x3″ mirrors from Lowes (polished square edge – not the beveled edge like at Home Depot) $500
- Miscellaneous accessory hangers purchased from Amazon
- Rolling utility cart from Uline
- Miscellaneous bars and plates from varying places
- Misc accessories such as landmine attachment, cable attachments
- Undersun resistance bands
Total Home Gym Cost = $19,500
*With all the equipment from Rep it looks like James is sponsored by them but no affiliation at all. His decision was based on a combination of equipment options, reviews on durability/build-quality and value/price.
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James Grage’s Home Gym Story
I started training in 1990 as a teenager with a weight bench and dumbbells in my room. Later, in 1992, I got a gym membership, and I fell in love with everything about the gym – the equipment, energy, camaraderie, and the unspoken gym etiquette.
Over the years, I trained in gyms all around the world, but I noticed the decline of the gym culture due to commercialization. It bothered me to see people not following the basic rules like reracking weights. Eventually, I co-founded a supplement brand and built a gym in our new office, where I exclusively trained and focused on creating content for YouTube.
In 2017, I felt a bit bored with my training routine and decided to experiment with using only resistance bands for a year. Surprisingly, the experiment lasted five years, and I sold my shares in the supplement company to start my resistance band business.
Recently, my son wanted to learn weightlifting, so I set up a simple home gym in our garage. It’s nice to have a place to train without distractions and to shoot content for my YouTube channel. Despite having a well-equipped gym, I believe that you can achieve great results with dedication and minimal equipment.
Looking back, my interest in fitness started when I watched my mom work out in a small room with Nautilus equipment when I was young. Eventually, I got into weightlifting and even competed in bodybuilding until I had a serious car accident. After my recovery, I worked in the sports nutrition industry and later ventured into YouTube and the supplement business.
Now, I have set up a home gym to train with my family and continue creating content, and I enjoy reminiscing about my fitness journey and how the fitness landscape has evolved over the years.