Book Review: Habitual Strength by Tim Anderson

What is Habitual Strength? Habitual strength is the new book from Tim Anderson. I’ve been a quiet fan of his for a while, since I purchased his Original Strength DVD.  Now that I’ve read Habitual Strength, I’m thinking it might be time for a road trip to attend a Tim Anderson workshop or at least learn […]

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Standing Outside with Outstanding Jenny Dugan!

Her profile caption says she’s standing outside so you’ll say she’s outstanding! I love it! Jenny Dugan is a 41 year old wife and mother who makes me feel like I underachieved when I was her age! Let’s dive into the story and home workout story of this awesomely strong lady! Standing Outside I can’t […]

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DIY earthquake bar is a great addition to your garagegym toolbox

DIY Earthquake bar

EARTHQUAKE!!!!!! OK, not really. But it is a DIY Earthquake bar. Why you need a Earthquake bar is almost as easy as making it. Everyone loves to bench and if you are about that Garage gym life you love a challenge, this bar gives you both. Lets start with the benefits. Oscillating kinetic energy (OKE) […]

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Getting Comfortable in My Skin a conversation with Crystel Armenta

Crystel Armenta: Handstandologist Crystel Armenta is a wife, mother and all around Wonder Woman! Crystel has come a long way in her home workout journey, losing over 100lbs and overcoming depression along the way. Learn the story of how she got comfortable in her skin. Crystel, you seem to be abnormally fond of handstands. Over […]

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Ryan Di Pompeo

Working class beast Ryan di Pompeo says if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right! That attitude is pushing him to success on the powerlifting platform just as it served him well in his former career as an amateur kickboxer.  Ryan is a full-time generator technician, a former bantamweight- featherweight fighter and a current powerlifter in the […]

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One Year by Wes Jenkins

One Year of Work This picture encapsulates 1 year of work. Left side is about 215, right side is 235-240ish. Being a powerlifter, my ultimate goals revolve around the weight I can move. If I cut down right now, I could probably be in the same shape as the left side at 5-7 pounds heavier, […]

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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 mobility work is fairly popular among lifters but it’s still rare to find someone as passionate about yoga as they are about weights.  I learned a lot from this garage athlete who walks effortlessly […]

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Tote Stopwatches and Chase Dreams with Rachel Flanagan

Rachel Flanagan Blogger/Stopwatch Enforcer Rachel Flanagan says she’s “Just your average stopwatch-toting suburban mom, looking to make some locals sweat and curse my name”. That’s hilarious but accurate enough to make me a fan! Let’s get to know her! Rachel, let’s start with the fact that you and I have a common passion for helping […]

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DIY Bar Storage Rack

DIY Bar Storage Rack If you are like me, you have more room than you know what to do with in your garage gym or home gym (sarcasm). I had bars laying up against every corner or worse yet left on the floor only to have to move them so I could do the next […]

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My Name is Rob and I’m a Hofamaniac by Robert Brinkley

Are you a Hofamaniac? Take This Test and Find Out You are in the shower. You turn on the water. You discover the switch from tub to shower has already been engaged. No time to turn it off, what do you do? The answer separates Hofamaniacs from the rest of the world. I’ll tell you […]

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DIY Landmine by Dallas Martin

DIY  Landmine A DIY Landmine is an awesome way to add a powerful tool to your garage gym toolbox. So, if landmine exercises are not in your arsenal, they should be.  And if you have searched the Internet for these fixtures, you will soon find out that fitness companies or equipment manufacturers are making a […]

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Meditation by Marisol Swords

Meditation Confession As much as I’d like to say I have a dedicated space to meditate, I don’t. I used to have a time and space specific to my practice that was non-negotiable; but as I am constantly reminding my kids: everything changes. If It’s a Cup Become a Cup Now my meditation looks like […]

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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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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 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 you been exercising? Off and […]

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Realize Your Potential at 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 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 is fully […]

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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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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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How to Build A Full Body Workout in Your Home Gym

Why Do A Full Body Workout? Whether you’re a beginner or an intermediate lifter, a full body workout is always an great option. You can stimulate muscle growth 2 or 3 times a week and also work on your strength. If your workout time is limited, a full body workout spares time for your family, your business […]

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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 first time parents of a newborn but they have also birthed a vibrant community of fitness junkies who are passionate about training wherever life finds them at the moment. #streetparking has […]

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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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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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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 […]

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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 Strong and bendy started out as a cool hashtag on Instagram when I started posting bridge press videos. It got worse when I started doing Steinborn Lifts. The image in my head when I thought of it was Gumby lifting an Atlas stone. I’m not sure such a picture […]

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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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Pole Fitness with Katja Mäkynen

Katja Mäkynen 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 discovered Katja Makynen after discovering her while searching 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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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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My Panel of Experts

I train at home so having a panel of experts as mentors may not make sense at first. I mean it kind of is a solitary pursuit. 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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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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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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Yoga Benefits for Lifters

Yoga Benefits For Lifters? Yoga benefits lifters in several ways. For one thing, you probably already practice some yoga asanas (poses) without realizing it.  Garland Pose for example is a deep squat. Anyway, we all know the benefits of a good stretch. We have all seen the cool and sometimes unusual photos on Instagram, maybe even […]

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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

The Overlooked Mental Aspect of Physical Training 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’ve watched a number of champions train and I’m always struck by how purposeful every step […]

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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

Simplicity Wrapped in a Wool Cap Phil Bennett’s favorite phrase is 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. Phil gives off the impression of a Viking coming to either burn down your village or tell you cool […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Key Factors to Avoid Bombing Out at Your Next Powerlifting Meet

I crossed a milestone in 2016 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 three […]

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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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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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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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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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Lifter, Coach And Training Partner

 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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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: 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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There Is No Magic to Monday

There is No Magic to Monday I received a text recently that read, “I’m feeling better. Should I train today or wait until Monday?” My answer was, “There is no magic to Monday”. If you feel good enough to train today, do whatever you would have done today if you hadn’t had the layoff. Yes, you […]

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Iron Meditation and Organic Wholeness

Iron Meditation and Organic Wholeness Iron meditation is what I call barbell training. Since I usually train alone, training is a meditative act for me, very internal and a spiritual act of worship to the Father who gave me my body and the air that makes it function.  While in that meditative state, I get […]

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Hey Kids! Let’s Make DIY Band Pegs! by Thomas Stone

DIY Band Pegs + Power Racks = Match Made in Strength Heaven Let’s get some band pegs on that power rack of yours! What do you mean why? Now that we have you utilizing chains in your training it’s time to accommodate more resistance. (bands and chains are accommodating resistance) I see a lot of people […]

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DIY Jack Stand Curl Station by Michael D. Wailes

DIY Jack Stand Curl Station It might sound like a strange statement coming from someone talking about working out, but I am lazy. I am ALWAYS trying to find a way to make the workout easier. And I really shouldn’t say the workout, but rather the workout preparation. I hate bending over, lugging plates up […]

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