DIY Chain Collars by Thomas Stone

Why DIY Chain Collars? DIY chain collars will let you add a little variety and challenge to your training. If you have thought about trying chains and bands this project will get you using both in no time. Remember most public gyms have the space and finances to go out and get all of the equipment they need. […]

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Nick Nilsson the Mad Scientist of Muscle

Nick Nilsson, aka the Mad Scientist of Muscle has been on my radar since respected strength and conditioning coach Charles Staley endorsed his methods way back in the long ago. Nick has over twenty years of scientific research and in the trenches experience under his belt and is a frequent contributor to Iron Man Magazine, […]

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Recovery By Rich Dlin

Recovery. Recovery can mean so many things. For gym rats, it’s what we do after a workout. A time when the damage we did with the weights heals, muscles adapting to this latest stress we’ve put to them, so that next time … next time they will be ready. They get stronger. They get more […]

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Embrace the Lifestyle

The Lifestyle I embrace the lifestyle. Started two years ago on the garagegym setup.  Buy, sell, create the way is all part of the process. The fun never stops. Nothing is Off Limits What I love about it most: the freedom. I can train when I want; how I want. It also forces me to […]

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Val Airing is Seeking Her Full Potential by Helping Others

Val Airing Seeking Her Full Potential Val Airing is on fire and motivated to reach her full potential by helping others! When I saw her YouTube channel and Instagram profile, I knew right away that this is someone who deserves to have their story told! Get to know this fitness enthusiast right now! Val, how long have […]

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Garage Gym Showcase: Al’s House of Shred

Welcome to the House of Shred Al’s House of Shred, a basement gym in upstate New York run by former powerlifter, Alberto @boricuabarbell Velasquez and his wife Danni. We talked about the pros of group training in your garage and this is the perfect example! I’m so grateful to Al because he was the first garage […]

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marcbewegtschwereszeug= Marc Moves Heavy Stuff

marcbewegtschwereszeug Marc Wittrowski is a strongman who I discovered last year on Instagram while he was playing amateur American football in his native Germany. He’s got a ton of cool pictures and video of himself lifting and carrying heavy loads in a backyard in Germany. A year later, with one strongman competition under his belt, Marc […]

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Garagegym107 Owner Michelle Simpson

Garagegym107 Garagegym107 founder Michelle Simpson was the third home based athlete to share her Iron Journey with us and the first garage gym business owner.  She wears a lot of hats: Wife, Mom, Nana, Sister, Weightlifter, CrossFitter and blogger. She lives by the motto, “You’re never too old to reach for amazing” and she’s proving it.  A […]

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@advenracerchick is IndaHouse!

@advenracerchick is Inda House! Marisol Inda is a true Renaissance woman. She’s a career teaching professional, a competitive endurance sports athlete and a full time parent! With all of that you might wonder when she gets time to train!  As you’re about to find out, she’s able to juggle her work/life and fitness goals because of her […]

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Get To Know Nigerian bodybuilder Azekhumhe Omoh

Who is Azekhumhe Omoh? Azekhumhe Omoh was the first home based athlete to be profiled on garagegymlife.net. Since our conversation, he’s gone on to bigger and better things, but has never lost sight of his hardcore, backyard gym roots! Find out his story in our original interview. Azekhumhe, thank you for taking the time to […]

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AnnieLori Thompson: Strong to the Finish

Who is AnnieLori Thompson? AnnieLori Thompson is one of only two athletes I know of who combine strength sports with ultra long distance running. Annie Lori (yes, she’s so strong that her mom gave her two names!) is an ultra-marathoner, powerlifter and strongwoman competitor! That is an awesome combination that made me want to know […]

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Enter the Viking Cave with Erik Røen

Norwegian powerlifter Erik Røen has been on my radar since I first saw him training in his shed bundled up against the cold and deadlifting like a madman. I immediately started calling his gym the Viking Cave. We caught up through a combination of Facebook Messenger, emails and Instagram DMs and I was excited to talk to him […]

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The sheStrength App and a Sisterhood of Steel !

Why a sheStrength app? Why a sheStrength app?Well, it’s an easy sell if you want female focused training in an easy to use app that comes with a supportive online community! Check out the sheStrength Sisterhood of Steel that our good friend Anna Woods is building rep by rep! Anna, when we first spoke last […]

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Street Parking with Miranda Oldroyd

Miranda Oldroyd retired from CrossFit competition in 2015 but her love for writing programs didn’t go away. She and Julian Alcaraz are not only expecting their first child but they just birthed a vibrant community of fitness junkies who are passionate about training wherever life finds them at the moment. #streetparking has 19, 347 Instagram […]

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4 Tips for More Effective Mobility Work by Rob Bert Brink

4 Tips for More Effective Mobility Work For your benefit, when you think of mobility, I’d like you to think about maintaining or reclaiming your movement patterns.  Examples could be your ability to perform squatting patterns or overhead press ranges of motion (specifically, how well you move and feel). At it’s best mobility work will help […]

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Jim Redd Wheelchair Bound but Always Free

Jim Redd is a certified life coach and trainer. Despite being born with spina bifida and then suffering a herniated disc that left him wheelchair bound, Jim enjoys a full and active life. The certified personal trainer and life coach maintains a full client schedule in his home town as well as going hunting and […]

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Swimming with a Shark: The Story of PRX Performance

  The Audacity of PRx Performance Billionaire investor Mark Cuban said in a 2014 Inc magazine article, “Many bold companies don’t set out to be audacious. They see a better way to do something and work to make it happen—” Maybe that’s how PRx Performance founders Erik Hopperstad and Brian Brasch, went from an idea born […]

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Setting a Planned System in Place to Achieve Long Term Success

Setting a Planned System in Place to Achieve Long Term Success For long term success, smart athletes stack blocks of training one after another, focusing on recovery and executing good reps. Instead of focusing on a weakness for a short time to shore it up, many people I know use an unplanned, flavor of the day […]

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The Powerful Secret to Permanent Fat Loss

Secrets of Permanent Fat Loss Revealed What are the secrets to permanent fat loss? I always go back to three powerful things that I find are vital for my clients to understand about the journey to their goal weight: Sacrifice, self-discipline and hard work. The Problem Isn’t Lack of Knowledge What do we need to […]

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Five Ways To Be More Athletic and Improve Recovery

Be More Athletic If you’re like me, you’re constantly bombarded by articles and images of all of the cool stuff we should be doing. We all want to be more athletic.  We also know that athletes pay attention to mobility, conditioning and recovery along with strength training. But adding all of that seems like a […]

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Arthur Lift PR by James Fuller

James Fuller is back again with another PR in the Arthur Lift! You’re seeing a little bit more of James right now because his training has really been going well, with PRs coming almost every week! What is an Arthur Lift? The Arthur Lift is named after legendary strongman Arthur Saxon.  It’s a contested lift […]

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Searching Craigslist Like A Pro

Searching Craigslist like a pro is a good idea if you’re outfitting or upgrading your garage gym and want to save time and money. But you’ll need a plan of action and a standard operating procedure. Veteran garage gym athletes I interviewed said their best practices include: Search Multiple Times a Day Build a Quality Search […]

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@12gaugekate: Learning to Love My Reflection

Kate Olsen aka @12gaugekate is a study in contrasts. She’s intensely private but posts motivational quotes to her followers on Instagram. Uncomfortable in her skin at times, but defiantly posting revealing transformation pictures. She sometimes has a private account but is intensely loyal to her friends.  It took me some time but I finally got a […]

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Parents Shift Your Focus! Blessings Are The Solution

Guest post by Christina Geri Jogoleff Blessings Are the Solution Parents, it’s time to shift your focus your focus off of problems and onto blessings. Count your mutha f***ing blessings! When you’re focused on obesity, then you feel guilt for eating bad, you attract bad eating habits, you indulge, you just keep spiraling down and […]

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Intermittent Fasting with Charles Forbus

Intermittent fasting wasn’t always a part of Charles Forbus’ lifestyle. That is until he decided at age 45 that it was time to fully commit and get in the best shape of his life. Three years later, he’s still improving, looking better every year than the year before. I caught up with Charles by phone just […]

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5 Reasons To Never Insulate Your Garage Door

Should You Insulate Your Garage Door? Deciding to insulate your garage door seems like a great idea at first. Garage athletes experience temperature extremes daily. After all, your garage was designed to keep the rain off of your car and to store miscellaneous junk, not be comfortable enough to spend an hour to two hours a […]

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The Garage Gym Project

 So Dean, before we dive into The Garage Gym Project tell me: What’s your personal fitness background? Hi John! In my younger days I was a member of the NZ Olympic Luge team which involved compeitive racing for four years. I held two National titles. After that I got into a bit of kickboxing . […]

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Hacking Mobility with Julian Sardinas

The Origin Story Everyone’s fitness journey starts somewhere. Talk to me a little about yours. In our first conversation you said that you’ve hung out with athletes for most of your life and some of it’s rubbed off.  Expand on that and the role working out has played in your life. Growing up, I was […]

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Strong and Bendy

The Legend of Strong and Bendy #strongandbendy started out as a cool hashtag on Instagram when I started posting bridge press videos like the one below. The image in my head when I thought of it was Gumby lifting an Atlas stone. I’m not sure such a picture exists but if it does, I’ll give […]

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The DeadliftPro6 with Wes Jenkins

The Origin of DeadliftPro6 Wes Jenkins or deadliftpro6 as he’s known on Instagram is a guy who just seems to get stronger by the day. Not given to flashy training methods, every visit to his IG account yields footage of no frills barbell and dumbbell training in a garage gym decorated only with a Lift […]

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Powerlifting Champion Kimberly Walford Takes Us Off The Grid

Who Is Kimberly Walford? York Barbell Hall of Famer, Steve Goggins, calls her “courageous”. Maliek Derstine, who has the third highest squat and the highest bench of any 198lb class lifter in the world, calls her “awesome”. Drug free lifter Perry Ellis Jr. who has the #2 ranked squat in the world, says she’s “Tenacious”. High praise from […]

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Weekly Motivation with Roxanne Moreau

Roxanne Moreau is a twenty year fitness veteran, both as an instructor an an athlete. She’s been running for fifteen years and completed fifty half marathons, five full marathons and two ultra marathons. Roxanne is an advocate of not letting weather conditions or injuries stop her from training. I took this video from her Instagram […]

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Pole Fitness with Katja Makynen

Katja Makynen is a mother and aspiring personal trainer who specializes in the little known sport of pole fitness.  As soon as most people hear pole sport, they think of adult oriented entertainment but in reality, pole sport dates back to Indian wrestlers and Chinese male athletes.  I reached out to Katja Makynen after discovering her […]

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Obstacle Course Racing with Bill Nowitzke

Obstacle course racing is growing in popularity. The types and difficulty of races vary and you can see larger ones like the Spartan on ESPN.  I got the chance to talk with obstacle course race athlete Bill Nowitzke recently and he broke down his training history, racing, why he loves a garage gym and how you […]

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Two Barbell Bench Press with James Fuller

Two Barbell Bench Press The two barbell bench press is a tough lift! James Fuller has competed in powerlifting, strongman and the less well known United States All Around Weightlifting Association (USAWA). He’s got records in a ton of strength disciplines and now he’s attacking the two barbell bench press.  James was the Garage Gym Athlete of the […]

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James Fuller: Old School Lifting For Health

Old School Lifting Old school lifting has been in James Fuller’s life for over thirty years. He is truly a strength athlete with no limitations on his mind or body. James competes regularly in All Around Weightlifting a sport that seeks to honor the pre-World War Two era exploits of strongmen like Hermann Goerner and Eugene […]

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Weekly Motivation: Hardcore Ab Training with Brian Garcia

Faith and Fitness Brian Garcia aka @daddys.quickgym is a personal trainer who’s beaten alcoholism with exercise and faith. He’s definitely a good person to follow on Instagram if you enjoy seeing hardcore training from a bodybuilding perspective. And by bodybuilding I mean, Blood and Guts style tough training that will make you grow or send […]

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The Unconventional Bud Jeffries

Who is Bud Jeffries? Bud Jeffries is one of the most accomplished, yet controversial figures in strength sports today. As a performing strongman, he’s got to be ready to go any time he’s called on. Beyond that, Bud proudly lives what he calls the unconventional life, refusing to limit himself to anyone else’s idea of […]

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Weekly Motivation: Tony Lewitzke Builds A Legacy!

No Dadbod Here Tony Lewitzke builds a legacy every time he goes to his basement. The corrections officer known as @_nido_roht on Instagram is a husband, father and strength athlete in that order.  He’s competed in powerlifting, both raw and equipped, strongman and Highland Games.  Despite that I think this is the most inspiring thing I’ve seen […]

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Finding Mentors

Training at home is a solitary pursuit. Finding mentors is often the last thing we think of when we get into training at home. We pick our own program, we set up the exercise area to fit our needs. We choose the music etc.  That’s a big part of the allure.  But it’s easy to […]

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Strong and Bendy; A Thug Gets Mindful

Mindfulness and yoga go together but thug? Marisol Swords is a homeschooling yogi who balances that with a love of lifting heavy iron! Granted mobilitywork is fairly popular among lifters but it’s still rare to find someone as passionate about yoga as they are about weights.  So I jumped at the rare chance to interview this […]

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From Basement To The World Stage featuring Pete Rubish

No Chillin In This Basement Pete Rubish got his start lifting in his parents’ basement with P90x and is now one of the strongest men in the world.  This is not an isolated incident. Many great lifters got their start training at home, from the legendary Paul Anderson to John Davis and John Grimek.  Pete is an […]

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Truck Stop Workouts with Damir Sarcev

Truck stop workouts are turning Damir Sarcevic into an Instagram legend! He’s only got 358 Instagram followers as I write this but he’s definitely someone who deserves more of the spotlight! Like I said when I used him for Weekly Motivation last week, @dmkdacho is a truck driver who’s decided to not let that turn him into a […]

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Michael Wailes Powerlifting’s Lionheart

Michael Wailes is a Garage Gym Life original. The man I call “Powerlifting’s Lionheart” was one of the first people to follow @garage.gym.life on Instagram and one of the first to purchase a t shirt! This guy’s got a growing social media following and once you read his story you’ll see why he inspires so many. The Legend […]

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@xtina_geri_fitness single mom/superhero!

Single mom/superhero @xtina_geri_fitness is a single mom/superhero. Her Instagram profile describes her as a self-love mentor and online fitness coach but I began following her because I LOVE watching her garage training videos showing her WITH her toddler Malakai.  Every session isn’t a perfect PR setting event and she can’t always go Beast Mode (whatever that really is) […]

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Menna Yousri Brings Fitness To The Middle East

Menna Yousri has a passion for fitness! Her motivation level is apparent from her Instagram posts and every email exchange that I’ve had with her. She lives in a part of our world not typically known for its devotion to fitness and health but she’s not letting that stop her! Rather, she’s taking up the challenge […]

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@dmkdacho Provides Weekly Motivation!

Who’s Damir? @dmkdacho, also known as Damir Sarcevic, is a truck driver who’s decided to not let that turn him into a shadow of his former, athletic self! His effort and hard work definitely got my attention and I’m using him as this week’s motivation! Why? I know that training in the garage by yourself is […]

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Yoga For Powerlifters by Marisol Swords

Yoga For Powerlifters? Really? We all know the benefits of a good stretch. We have all seen the cool and sometimes unusual photos on Instagram, maybe even tried a few poses with both disastrous and hilarious results.  But what are the real benefits of yoga for a lifter?  What’s the quick and dirty, straight dope […]

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Always Get Better Stronger with Robert Brinkley

Always Get Better Stronger is one of those Instagram profiles that’s so awesome you wonder to yourself, “Why doesn’t this guy have more followers? He’s doing such cool stuff!” Or at least I did. So when I wanted a garage gym athlete to break down kettlebells and how to start training with them, Rob was […]

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Mental Warm Ups or Setting Up Your Gym Area

Mental warm ups don’t get much thought in our culture. Most people just go in the gym and start training or worse they choose equipment without forethought; just grabbing whatever’s closest without preplanning. I think taking time to mentally get ready to train is critical and that includes setting up the workout area.  I’ve watched a […]

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Who’s The Guy In The Garage?

Quiet and unassuming, Rob @theguyinthegarage flies under many people’s radar. I only discovered him because I saw one of my other followers tag him in one of my Instagram posts. He doesn’t come up when you search #garagegym, #garageworkout or even #squateveryday which is what he’s become known for among those of us who follow […]

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DIY Tornado Ball

DIY and garage gym life often go hand in hand. Either we make it to save money or we make it for the sheer joy of building something ourselves. Today we’re looking at a DIY tornado ball build submitted by @dr1967 himself, Dave Reid. Why Do I Need A Tornado Ball? First, a tornado ball is a […]

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Savage Simplicity: Get To Know Phil Bennett

Phil Bennett, also known as @phil_completemma on Instagram, is an enigma embodied in one of his favorite phrases: savage simplicity.  He’s a shaggy bearded artist with intricate tattoos. An athlete with the tattoos of torso of a laborer but the mind of a poetic grizzly. Read on to learn more about this philosopher coach. I started […]

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DIY Mace for Shoulder Mobility

Mace training is growing in popularity.  Elite athletes like Ed Coan and Chris Duffin are huge proponents this ancient training method. That’s because it’s supposed to be awesome at improving shoulder mobility and athletic performance. Okay, sounds great.  But maces and Indian Clubs can be a bit pricey and hard to find.  So you can either bust out the […]

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Savage Simplicity and the Sandbag

Time is precious, so let’s cut right to the heart of this piece. One of my favourite tools of choice is the sandbag. Simple but savage in efficiency and effectiveness. I’m not sure why, but there is a huge notion that outdoor training, or indeed any training done outside the walls of a commercial gym, is […]

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5 Reasons Why You Should Encourage Your Kids to Be Active

Should we encourage our kids to be active? Or allow them to discover fitness if they’re drawn to it? Well, as parents, you want the best for your children, and ensuring that they grow up to be healthy, active adults is a big part of that. With the rise in childhood obesity it’s more important […]

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Food Is Not Your Enemy

Food is not your enemy I was a pudgy kid in middle school, thinned out in high school and then began to get fat again after I got married and several injuries. As I tried over and over again to loose weight I began to see food as the enemy. There was always a list […]

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The Harder You Work; The Better You Feel. Get To Know Michele White

Michele White says the harder you work; the better you feel. I’m telling you that this garage gym athlete is fired up about life! And that’s because she’s gone from being sedentary to competing in endurance competitions in her 40s! She and her husband just celebrated sixteen years of partnering in life and now in fitness. Along the […]

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Weekly Motivation featuring Ryan Di Pompeo

Training in the garage by yourself is tough. You usually don’t have the camaraderie of other gym members to help push you.  To help out, we combed the web to find videos that will help motivate you to keep striving to be your best. Today’s video features Instagrammer Ryan Di Pompeo aka @workingclassbeast . What’s motivating […]

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Gilligan’s Island Workout Plan aka Garage Gym Life On A Deserted Island

What is the Gilligan’s Island Workout Plan? In case you don’t remember, Gilligan’s Island was a sitcom featuring a seven completely unprepared people who suddenly got stranded on a deserted island. They spent most of every episode trying unsuccessfully to escape the island. I think random thoughts and I started thinking about the show and […]

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Four Ways To Burn Fat Without Running!

Need to burn fat but have bad knees? That may be a blessing in disguise. Too many athletes focus on running as their only conditioning option.  That is an inefficient  use of the many low-tech options available to you as a garage athlete.  Before I get into the meat of this post, I’ve got to shout […]

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Home Gym Inspiration: @jennanp1

Garage Gym Showcase is where we feature pictures and video of cool home gyms. @homegymideas our sister site on Instagram is a treasure trove of, well, home gym ideas.  I like looking through the pictures on their page for ideas on tweaking my own garage gym.  I use it most often when someone tells me they’re planning on setting […]

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From Skinny Kid To Multi Sport Champion! Get To Know Tony The Trainer

Anthony Springman’s story could have come straight out of one of those old Charles Atlas ads in the back of comic books. But nobody’s kicking sand in this multi sport champion’s face now! Read on to find out how he does it! Anthony, thanks for talking to all of us garage meatheads around the world. How long have you […]

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Three Reasons A Garage Gym Business Makes The Most Sense

Garage Gym Business: Stepping Stone or Stopping Point? The garage gym business model for coaching is usually thought of as a stepping stone.  Good to start, but you want to move into a bigger facility as soon as you have the clientele to support it.  This is the third post in the series about the benefits of […]

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sheStrength: Get To Know Anna Woods

Anna Woods is a wonder. She’s not only a devoted stay at home mom, but also a personal trainer specializing in adults with special needs, an online coach and a business coach to other fitness coaches.  Plus she still competes in Crossfit, powerlifting, adventure races and 5ks! Find out how this modern day shieldmaiden is […]

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Garage Gym Showcase from @homegymideas

Garage Gym Showcase is where we feature pictures and video of cool home gyms. @homegymideas our sister site on Instagram is a treasure trove of, well, home gym ideas.  I like looking through the pictures on their page for ideas on tweaking my own garage gym.  I use it most often when someone tells me they’re planning on setting […]

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Play It Again Sports Owner Talks Used Weights

Play It Again Sports is the recognized name in the used equipment resale market. We usually think of it in terms of getting rid of our kid’s soccer cleats now that Pokémon Go has destroyed all of their interest in team sports. But way before Craigslist became the favorite online retailer for frugal garage gym owners, Play […]

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Garage Gym Showcase @soniahealthyfoodie

Garage Gym Showcase is where we feature pictures and video of cool home gyms. @homegymideas our sister site on Instagram is a treasure trove of, well, home gym ideas.  I like looking through the pictures on their page for ideas on tweaking my own garage gym.  I use it most often when someone tells me they’re planning on setting […]

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Weekly Motivation featuring Nigerian bodybuilder Azekhumhe Omoh

Training in the garage by yourself is tough. You usually don’t have the camaraderie of other gym members to help push you.  To help out, we combed the web to find videos that will help motivate you to keep striving to be your best. Today’s video features natural bodybuilder Azekhumhe Omoh from Nigeria who trains in a […]

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Garagegymfanatics Compares The Rogue GHD to the EliteFTS GHD

Garagegymfanatics is an up and coming review site that I’ve come to enjoy watching.  In this episode from June of last year, they  compare Glute Ham Developers or from two of the most popular strength equipment companies.  In case you didn’t know, the Glute Ham Raise is a great accessory movement for the hamstrings and […]

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Compact Home Workout Space For A Competitive Rower

Jim Letten wasn’t ready to stop rowing just because he graduated. The former world champion from the University of Madison set up a compact space to stay in top shape! Check out the post from @homegymideas and follow @homegymideas on Instagram for awesome ideas to build your own home workout space!

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Bombing Out At USPA Drug Tested Raw Nationals

I crossed a milestone recently that I never wanted.  I bombed out of a meet for the first time.  A lot of factors went into it, I was recovering from strep throat, I’d lost twelve unplanned pounds.  Or at least I hadn’t planned on losing all of that weight so fast.  I had planned on […]

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Weekly Motivation featuring Maliek Derstine

Training in the garage by yourself is tough. You usually don’t have the camaraderie of other gym members to help push you.  To help out, we combed the web to find videos that will help motivate you to keep striving to be your best. Today’s video features Maliek Derstine who I interviewed for Power Magazine last […]

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Remembering Iron Game Legend Paul Kelso

Paul Kelso, one of the most influential figures in the Iron Game passed away July 11, 2016.  I had the pleasure of interviewing him for Power Magazine and I’ve got to say it was surreal to interview someone who’s writing had influenced me so greatly.  Paul is the author of Powerlifting Basics: The Adventures of […]

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Vinny Galanti Remembers The Garage

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know everything. That’s why I try to find accomplished athletes to do guest posts for me.  Still, I don’t pretend that this site has everything. So I’m constantly scouring the web for interesting and motivational posts to help you in your Iron Journey.  That’s how I […]

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Legacy Building by John Greaves III

Legacy is more important to me with every passing year. I recently watched an interview with up and coming bodybuilder Sergio Oliva, Jr. on the Generation Iron YouTube Channel and it was pretty eye-opening. As the son of an iconic bodybuilder, you’d think that Oliva would have a leg up on the competition but he revealed that […]

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A Garage Gym Life

I stopped by the USA Powerlifting Summer Showdown Saturday, June 11th intending to only stay a couple of hours. I was there to support  my Gogginsforce teammate, Perry Ellis, Jr. at the meet but  I’d been awake for about 17 hours straight by the time it started so I was eager to pop in and leave.  […]

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Outtakes: Activate Your Healing Factor by John Greaves III

I’ve had the privilege of interviewing some very strong athletes but sometimes I have to cut material to fit a publication’s space constraints. Well lucky you, because I post those “outtakes” here for your reading pleasure! While we’d all like to have Wolverine’s healing factor, the reality is that we don’t. Hard training can take a […]

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Ross Enamait Says Originality Is Overrated!

We have some awesome writers and athletes who contribute to Garage Gym Life. But we admit that we don’t know everything. So we scour the web to find the best articles from yesterday and today (we’d get them from the future as well but our DeLorean is in the shop) and bring you the links […]

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What Powerlifting Teaches Us About Galatians 6:2

I’m in the midst of processing photos from a recent powerlifting meet (which side note: nothing makes you miss the platform more than being surrounded by lifting friends and being in the the middle of the atmosphere again.) As I’ve been processing through them, something stood out to me for the first time since I […]

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Weekly Motivation featuring The Higa Monster

Training in the garage by yourself is tough. You usually don’t have the camaraderie of other gym members to help push you.  To help out, we combed the web to find videos that will help motivate you to keep striving to be your best. Today’s videos feature Strongman/powerlifter The Higamonster Grant Higa doing two sick push up […]

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Spotlight On Oldetime Strongmen by John Greaves III

As a garage athlete, you have a ton of options when it comes to competing.  The Spotlight On series is an introduction to the many competitive outlets available to garage lifters.  On Thursday, April 21st,  I was honored to be asked to perform repetition deadlifts with God’s Warriors Strength Team a group of performing strongmen […]

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Weekly Motivation featuring BarStarzz

Training in the garage by yourself is tough. You usually don’t have the camaraderie of other gym members to help push you.  To help out, we combed the web to find videos that will help motivate you to keep striving to be your best. Today’s video features a winter workout from BarStarzz using simple playground […]

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Lifter, Coach And Training Partner by Mike Parrott

 Training in a garage gym has many advantages; convenience, no waiting for equipment, as well as no need for childcare if you’re a parent. However, a few shortfalls exist when training in a garage gym as well. One of them is the lack of sufficient training partners. Of course, not all garage gym rats feel […]

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Group Training In Your Garage by John Greaves III

Why Group Training in Your Garage? When I bring up group training in your garage it may take some of you aback. After all, we started this home gym lifestyle to avoid crowds and waiting in line for equipment right? True. But at some point, your neighbors are going to notice that you’re training at […]

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Outtakes: Maliek Derstine by John Greaves III

I’ve had the privilege of interviewing some very strong athletes but sometimes I have to cut material to fit a publication’s space constraints. Well lucky you, because I post those “outtakes” here for your reading pleasure! When I interviewed 181lb champion Maliek Derstine for Power Magazine, I noticed that he was the same height and weight […]

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Weekly Motivation featuring A Coin Deadlift Challenge

Training in the garage by yourself is tough. You usually don’t have the camaraderie of other gym members to help push you.  To help out, we combed the web to find videos that will help motivate you to keep striving to be your best. Today’s video features a video from the Oldrustystuff YouTube channel of a coin […]

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Weekly Motivation featuring Sadie Jane Sabin

Training in the garage by yourself is tough. You usually don’t have the camaraderie of other gym members to help push you.  To help out, we combed the web to find videos that will help motivate you to keep striving to be your best. We don’t always have to go beast mode to stay consistent. […]

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Garage Gym Showcase: Huck’s Basement

Whether you train exclusively in a garage or you use it as a convenient option when you can’t get to your regular training location doesn’t matter.  Garage gym life is all about how you use it to achieve your goals. Here’s a Facebook shout out I got from my Gogginsforce team mate Huck as he got in […]

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Heal Smarter, Train Harder by Stephanie L. Williams, LMT, NMT

My clients come to me because they cannot move their neck or they cannot tie their shoes. To what degree depends on their lifestyle choices. My biggest challenge as an alternative health care practitioner is getting clients to seek treatment before they are injured. The difficulty with the general population and strength athletes alike is […]

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Get To Know: Brian Pankey Masters Strongman Competitor

As a garage athlete, you have a ton of options when it comes to competing.  One sport that seems tailor made for garage lifters is Strongman.  You lift oddly shaped objects, much of it DIY pieces and are encouraged to drop heavy things at the end of reps.  Not very commercial gym friendly but excellent […]

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The Case For Backyard Powerlifting Meets

Powerlifting is both one of the most popular and one of the most obscure sports in America. It’s also not for everyone. Although a lot of us played around with some version of the three power lifts in middle or high school, most people are unfamiliar with the esoteric rules and guidelines governing sanctioned competition. […]

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Slaying Leopards, Narnia and My Powerlifting Total by John Greaves III

I’ve been struggling with my lifts lately.  When I was just exercising to get in shape, whatever that really means; I could lift alone in my garage without much trouble.  Now I am training for a sport. I have specific goals and specific rules and techniques to master. My obstacles are: work schedule, training environment, […]

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Garage Gear Guide: EliteFTS or Rogue. What Should I Spend My Paycheck On?

Garage athletes are often gear addicts. The money we save in gym memberships and drive often gets sunk into this or that gadget either because they’re on sale or because we think it will save time/increase safety/improve performance/save money.  As my daddy once loves to say, “You can go broke saving money”.  Today we’re passing […]

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Weekly Motivation featuring Sam Byrd

Training in the garage by yourself is tough. You usually don’t have the camaraderie of other gym members to help push you.  To help out, we combed the web to find videos that will help motivate you to keep striving to be your best. Today’s video features current world record holder Sam Byrd. Before Sam […]

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Weekly Motivation featuring Chris Rice

Training in the garage by yourself is tough. You usually don’t have the camaraderie of other gym members to help push you.  To help out, we combed the web to find videos that will help motivate you to keep striving to be your best. Here’s sixty-eight year old multi sport athlete Chris Rice bear hug […]

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Garage Gear Guide: What Should I Spend My Paycheck On?

Garage athletes are often gear addicts. The money we save in gym memberships and drive often gets sunk into this or that gadget either because they’re on sale or because we think it will save time/increase safety/improve performance/save money.  As my daddy once loves to say, “You can go broke saving money”.  Today we’re passing […]

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Ross Enamait and Throwing Bag Madness

We have some awesome writers and athletes who contribute to Garage Gym Life. But we admit that we don’t know everything. So we scour the web to find the best articles from yesterday and today (we’d get them from the future as well but our DeLorean is in the shop) and bring you the links […]

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Weekly Motivation featuring Tony Farrugia

Training in the garage by yourself is tough. You usually don’t have the camaraderie of other gym members to help push you.  To help out, we combed the web to find videos that will help motivate you to keep striving to be your best. Today’s video features Odd Object Lifter demonstrating how he prefers to move a […]

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Weekly Motivation featuring Kulbila Samson and other African lifters

Training in the garage by yourself is tough. You usually don’t have the camaraderie of other gym members to help push you.  To help out, we combed the web to find videos that will help motivate you to keep striving to be your best. Today’s videos feature three African lifters in three different makeshift gyms. […]

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Weekly Motivation featuring Susan Salazar

Training in the garage by yourself is tough. You usually don’t have the camaraderie of other gym members to help push you.  To help out, we combed the web to find videos that will help motivate you to keep striving to be your best. Last week JGIII attended The Animal Cage in Columbus, OH as […]

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Press RESET with Original Strength!

We have some awesome writers and athletes who contribute to Garage Gym Life. But we admit that we don’t know everything. So we scour the web to find the best articles from yesterday and today (we’d get them from the future as well but our DeLorean is in the shop) and bring you the links […]

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Iron Meditation or One Organic Whole

One of the biggest problems with our version of civilization is compartmentalization of experiences. We pretend that what happens at work doesn’t bleed over into cooking dinner, that walking the dog is disconnected from the sermon last Sunday. That eating dinner has no connection to Monday morning’s Power Point presentation. This is NOT true. Not […]

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Easy Ways to Protect Outdoor Gym Equipment

Keeping the Rust off your Outdoor Gym Equipment You just dropped a sizeable chunk of cash on that outdoor rig complete with anchors for your backyard and you want to keep the rust off. How to do it?  Pick equipment designed for outdoor use, protect it with regular maintenance, repaint when necessary, show the equipment […]

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