DIY CROSSFIT GARAGE GYM: part 1

 In 2007, while I was in college, my brother in law started training me at the college gym with something called Crossfit!
I had no idea what it was, but I was immediately hooked!!
About 3 years ago, I started at a local Crossfit gym and dedicated all my extra time to it!
Crossfit had everything I needed and wanted in a workout and in an overall fitness lifestyle!
I was able to gain lean muscle all while working on functional movements at a high intensity.
 {check out these previous posts that I’ve written about my crossfit journey}
MY BELOVED CROSSFIT GYM
those are my favorite but if you want to read more go HERE, and HERE, and HERE, and HERE, and HERE, and HERE,  and HERE, and HERE, and HERE, and HERE, and HERE, and HERE, and HERE, and HERE, and HERE, and HERE, and HERE, and HERE, and HERE, and HERE!
It’s EASY to see that Crossfit has been apart of my life for years and years and years!!! 
When Jeff started crossfit, it became more difficult to afford and make it work for the both of us.
Between juggling our kids, work and finances, we couldn’t seem to make it work.
So 6 months ago Jeff and I said a very sad farewell to our beloved crossfit gym that him and I had been going to.
We were sad but knew it was the right thing to do for our family at the time.
We also knew that wasn’t the end to our crossfit journey!!
Jeff and I had both dedicated to each other that we wanted to slowly buy crossfit equipment for our garage and continue working out together.
Although our crossfit garage gym isn’t quite complete, we still wanted to let you in on a few of our secrets, tips, tricks and must-haves for a perfect crossfit gym at home!!
So…I feel kinda stupid even saying this {because I would hope all y’all have enough common sense to know this already}…BUT I just want to cover all my bases, instead of assuming…because I’ve done that in a blog post before and people left evil comments! So…don’t be making your own Crossfit gym if you don’t know how to properly do the movements ‘IGHT!?!
I don’t want anyone commenting on this post in 6 months and telling me they started doing crossfit in their garage and broke their frikin’ back!
This stuff is no joke.
So, if you want to have a garage gym…make sure you have some training first K?!
K!
ANYWAY…
back to my ridiculously awesome garage gym…
 
There are a few basic things you want to start out with when building a garage gym!
It is SO important to have a board to write down times and PR’s on different WODs and lifts.
It gives you visual motivation!
Jeff bought a 4×6 piece of white board from The Home Depot and simply screwed it to the wall.
For the bottom piece he took a 6 foot long 2×4 and routered out the middle to make a base for the white board. 
It’s perfect for all our extra things like tape, wraps, record books and can even hold some stretching devices.
 He even screwed an old storage container to the wall for our wedding rings to sit in while we are working out!
After the white board was up…
he got down to business and made one of the staple pieces in our gym!
The PULLUP BAR!
He drew up the frame design and build it out of 4×4 posts.
Then he bought a 1 1/4″ black plumbing pipe and drilled 1 1/4″ holes into the bottom of the frame.
He then placed the pipe in the hole and secured the pipe with screws.
He based the length of the pull up bar off the length between each stud in the ceiling. 
 He then bolted the frame to the studs!
It is perfect!
Besides the fact that I have to use a box to reach the bar…
he actually designed it that way so he could hang comfortably from it, without having to worry about his feet touching the ground!
After most of the ‘construction’ was done,
Jeff and I started searching…
The #1 tip for finding great crossfit equipment is to search EVERYWHERE!!
Jeff literally looked on KSL, Craigslist, DI and other online buy, sell, trade places…EVERY NIGHT!
All of the equipment we have, we found used!
Bars, boxes, weights and even floor mats can be SO EXPENSIVE…
but if you’re patient enough, you can find everything you need for a great deal!
If you go back to the first picture where you can see the whole gym, you can see our AIR-DYNE bike!!
Jeff found that beauty in PERFECT condition at the THRIFT STORE for 10 BUCKS!!
It was an amazing find and it is perfect for our gym!
Most of the other equipment we have found through buy, sell, trade pages on Facebook or on Craigslist.
Make sure to give your gym some love and some positive energy!
You can hang old run numbers and medals from the walls and even pictures of inspiring athletes!!
Jeff even cut personal warm up sticks out of PVC pipe!
We LOVE having the crossfit gym in our garage…
but if I had the money…I would go back to the gym again for sure!!
It’s harder to find motivation and it’s harder to push yourself when you are alone…but that’s why I have my husband right!?!
Although I may not get the most out of my workouts NOW…I still am so glad we made the change! Now we have more time with our family and we don’t have to spend money on gas.
I think over time I will get the hang of it and I will see that I can still PR and excel!
Like I said at the beginning of this blog post, 
we have SO much more to collect for our gym but I will keep you posted on our ever growing gym!!
 Some of the things are our wish list are…
BUMPER WEIGHTS
 (These are a MUST for all the Olympic lifts we are doing, but they are also very expensive…so we are saving up for those!)
2 MORE BARBELLS
ROWING MACHINE
SQUAT RACKS
MORE KETTLE BELLS
WALL BALLS
RINGS
DIP BAR
AND MORE FREE WEIGHTS 
to name a few.
We are well on our way though, and we are so excited for the future!

FOR PAST WORKOUTS {OR IN CROSSFIT TERMS) WODS REFER TO THE W.O.D. TAB ON THE TOP OF MY BLOG!

Whether you workout in your home, garage or in a gym…it doesn’t matter…
GOOD FOR YOU for taking the action and sacrifice to appreciate your body and make it stronger!

and remember

“THE BODY ACHIEVES WHAT THE MIND BELIEVES!”
“MOTIVATION IS WHAT GETS YOU STARTED. HABIT IS WHAT KEEPS YOU GOING!”
“THINK POSITIVE. BE POSITIVE. AND POSITIVE THINGS WILL HAPPEN!”
“IF YOU HAVE DISCIPLINE, DRIVE, AND DETERMINATION…NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE!”
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  • Meagan@Meagan Tells All
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    Your freaking body is banging girl. So happy that you did this home gym! What a cool thing for you and Jeff to do together. Ryan and I want to run together so badly, but we can’t unless we visit family members. Someday….someday…. So do you do any extra cardio running or biking to off set all the lifting?

    • Sadie Jane Sabin
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      THANKS GIRL!! I miss you guys so much! Hopefully you can find a young women in your new ward that can watch the kiddos for you guys so you can run together every once in a while!! The great thing about Crossfit is there is usually a STRENGTH WOD before the normal WOD, so you start with lifting and then go into the main workout of the day. Usually that workout includes some kind of cardio…whether it’s running or rowing or air-dyne! If it doesn’t include it…I will run a bit for my warm up!!

  • natalieandersen07
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    Hey Sadie, my brother has a used rowing machine he used during high school that he wants to get rid of and is selling it for $20. He lives in Royal City so it is really close to Mattawa. If your interested I bet he would hold onto it for you. If you are interested email me at natalie87andersen@gmail.com so I can let him know. Good luck with the gym it is looking great! Natalie Andersen

  • natalieandersen07
    Reply

    Bummer I just talked to my brother and he sold the rowing machine on Saturday :( sorry if I got your hopes up.

    • Sadie Jane Sabin
      Reply

      SAD!! I was totally going to email you and tell you that I wanted it!!! That’s ok though thanks so much for thinking of me!!!

  • McKenzie @ Girl Loves Glam
    Reply

    You go girl! You are amazing!

  • Jemma Jay
    Reply

    just, thank you a million times over for being such an inspiration of fitness and effort and motivated towards health…

  • Michelle
    Reply

    Great Post, this is what we did with our garage gym!!

    http://myjourneyrx.com/2014/03/03/how-to-build-an-epic-garage-gym/

  • Teresa B
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    I love the pullup bar idea. I need to get mats for my garage. I only have a bumper set, one girl bar, a 35lb kettlebell, an ab mat and my speed rope. I want a squat rack so bad.

  • Audra
    Reply

    When you say “4×6 whiteboard from Home Depot”, was it some sort of MDF paneling or an actual whiteboard made for markers?

    • Courtney
      Reply

      We used Shower Board for our white board. It comes in a big sheet from Lowes or Home Depot.

  • Sackpack
    Reply

    This contains the famous body weight squat, jumping,
    and planking. Sidde raises with milk jugs or dumbbells- same as above, you are just raising your arms upp to parallel in front of you.
    * THIS is why my workout program have helped men and
    women recolver from embarrassing incontinence.

  • Eric
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    I know I’m WAY late to this party, but I stumbled across this post. Nice home gym! Ive been going to a box for over 2 years now, but I just moved to a new town and the box here has poor programming. So, I want to do my old box’s daily workouts (they post them) at home. I don’t have much room, so I really like the pull-up bar from the ceiling idea. One question, does it hold up to your husband’s kipping pull-ups? I don’t want to have it come down 1/2 way through an intense pull-up workout. Thanks!

    • sadie
      Reply

      HI ERIC!
      Yes, it held my husband perfectly! I am pretty sure he secured them to beams in the wall though so make sure you do that!

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