We’ve examined the Six Reasons To Train At Home, promised to only Buy What You Need, Not What’s On Sale and recognized that Stall Mat’s: They’re A Need Not A Want. Now we’re going to talk about something that you may not have thought about or think you’re too hardcore to do. DVD/Blu Ray Player.
If you don’t have a DVD player for the garage, you need to get one. My player of choice is my old PS3 because I can also access my Amazon Video collection and my YouTube subscriptions. This is good for treadmill work and because I sometimes like to use DVDs for stuff like ab work, mobility and conditioning.
I watch DVDs on the treadmill as opposed to listening to music because I’m a fan of maximizing my time. This is a good time to add to your knowledge base or keep your motivation stoked.
In the past six months, I’ve watched The Animal Cage, Mark Dugdale’s Driven and Beyond Driven, Kettlebells The Iron Core Way with Susan Lurie, Stan Efferding’s Rhino World’s Strongest Pro Bodybuilder, several of World Highland Games Champion Matt Vincent’s videos, Flex Wheeler’s Flex at 50, Dorian Yates Blood & Guts, Strength Stretching With Pavel by the Pavel Tsatouline (I should get one pound of muscle added just for spelling that dude’s name correctly), Bigger, Stronger, Faster and Dan John’s Everything’s Over My Head to name a few. That is a lot of information and imagine the amount of time I’d have to take from my day if I watched it at any other time. By watching on the treadmill, I have incentive to do the treadmill, I use what’s normally dead time to learn and I save time for the family. I have also watched Planet Hulk and Batman Under The Red Hood. If you don’t understand why, I can’t help you.
Second bonus is my garage gym is a multi purpose facility. My wife uses it to exercise as well and one of my son’s watches wrestling instructional DVDs to hone his technique down there on our home wrestling mat. So a simple DVD player down here means that rather than a space that keeps everyone out, my garage gym is OUR garage gym and that means my wife is okay with me making purchases to improve it. Don’t think that last point is important? Then you’re not married or you soon won’t be.
John Greaves III writes for a variety of outlets including Power Magazine, StrengthAdvocate.com and Powerlifting Watch. He is the founder of Garage Gym Life and has authored two fiction books involving powerlifting both of which are available on Amazon.com. He is a record holding Masters powerlifter, a combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, a former Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor and was a silver medalist at the 2001 International Kickboxing Federation National Championships. He is constantly seeking out interesting people who have rejected an average life in favor of building an extraordinary legacy. John’s been training for twenty-three years and from a garage gym for sixteen. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.