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Gym Build

So Christmas is just around the corner and your unsure as to what to buy that elite athlete in your life. 

Well I have more than one good idea as to what you could get them. Instead of re-creating the wheel, I’m grabbing the list of  “25 Items a garage gym can’t live without” and tweaking it for Christmas.

 

Bumper plates –They are made of rubber and are “supposed” to cause no damage to either the weight or floor when dropped onto a proper lifting surface. I recommend buying a decent amount of weight, but not going to crazy. A few hundred lbs and your athlete should be content for quite awhile. $$$$

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If you’re the build it type, which I’m not, you may be able to make some of your own gear for your garage gym.  In my article “ 25 items a CrossFit garage gym can’t live without.” I talked about the equipment every garage gym should have and where I got my stuff. In my continuing search for new additions to my own garage gym I have run across a lot of pretty cool stuff relating to CrossFit home made equipment. I started collecting some of the links and thought I’d share them. I have not tested any of the methods used in the links nor do I endorse the end products, heck I don’t even know if the stuff is safe, I just thought you might be able to use some of the info. If you have a knack for building, your low on funds (See How to raise money to buy equipment for your CrossFit garage gym.), or just want read some cool posts, you might want to check out these links. Try and build at your own risk.

These links are in no particular order and your going to have to search the links to find what you’re looking for. Some links contain a lot of information about building equipment; some just contain just one article and others just show finished products, which could give you a good starting point. Hope they help.

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So your needs are big, you lack most of the equipment you’ll need to build your garage gym and it’s going to cost you more than a few bucks. Well your going to have to get your hands dirty, your going to have to get out of your comfort zone and you may even have to pimp yourself out (Just Kidding).  Here are a few of my "I need to make big money" ideas for getting the cash you need. If these suggestions don't work for you, I'll also list money making websites and other resources that I've found, in a third and final article, that you can use in your quest for cash. I will be publishing that article sometime next week.

 

So what would I do if I were you?

 

Sell off your old junk. In one of my first posts I wrote when I was trying to earn money for my garage gym "Crossfit home gym build week 2" to make the majority of the cash I needed. Read that article here.

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So you’ve done your research. You’ve read both my articles “How much will outfitting a CrossFit garage gym with new equipment actually cost?” and  “Should you build a CrossFit Garage gym or join an affiliate?”.

You’ve decided that building your own CrossFit garage gym is for you. Problem is you have little to no cash on hand. What you’re going to need is a little creativity, ingenuity, hard work and perseverance. If you know that going in, it will be easier to achieve your goals. In my article explaining how much a garage gym will cost, you get a pretty good idea as to what equipment you’ll need and the costs involved. If you own some of the equipment already that’s even better. So before I give you my money making suggestions why not take an inventory of what you have and what you may need to purchase. Add up what the approximate cost of the equipment you’ll need and write it down. This way you will have a goal of what how much money you’ll need to get your gym up and running.

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I was thinking today how lucky I am that Mayra supports all my crazy project ideas. No matter the project or cost, she just says ok and we find a way to make it happen. Over the last eight months or so, as I planned my entrance into CrossFit and my gym build, I ran into a lot of guys that were shocked that my wife would let me build a gym. I heard things like “No way my wife would let me do that, or no way I could spend that kind of cash, my wife would be pissed”. Well I figure that either I’m the luckiest guy around or that maybe I have a different way of approaching my wife with ideas. I think it’s a little of both though. Let me share some tips I’ve learned to get your spouse on your side. I’ve compiled a list of the typical problems you might face when confronting your spouse, and a pitch to sell them on the idea.

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