In looking for a new house, one of the big criterion I was looking for was space for a home gym. Although I am a trainer at CrossFit KoP, there are days where it would just be easier to bang out a workout at home. Now that we have a great home with a spacious 1-car garage, my goal is to create a home gym with the ability to park the wife’s car in the garage.
The first thing I had to do was paint the garage. It came with the house unpainted, so I just got some Behr exterior semi-gloss white and got to work. It took just about 2.5 gallon cans to cover the whole garage (19’x10’x11′).
I had already bought a number of Rogue things: a Rogue barbell, Bella barbell, bumper plates, clips, and the rings. The rings offer more versatility than a pull up bar, so my priority was to get the rings up first. Researching different methods from people on the CrossFit forums revealed numerous options. (I tend to do a LOT of research). The best combination for me was to brace the rings through 2×8 pieces of wood that were lag bolted into the ceiling studs (joists). This method allowed me to distribute the load across multiple beams, making it safe and stable. See the video below to check out the full setup.
-stud finder (get one that finds the center of the stud, it will save you time – you get what you pay for, mine was $45 but way better than the $10 one I had originally)
-drill and drill bits (standard set includes a variety of diameters)
-socket wrench for lag screws
-saw (if cutting the wood for your needs)
-2×6 piece of wood. I got an 8ft. length and cut it to size
-washers and nuts – get the same size as your eye bolts (mine were 3/8ths of an inch in diameter). these will distribute the load across the wood better. Use washers on your lag
screws too. good idea is to get regular washers as well as “lock washers”
something that you don’t absolutely need but I did is to countersink holes in the wood so the nut and washer on top of the eye bolt was “in” the wood. For this you need special drill bits. Mine are “Ryobi forstner bits” from home depot.
There are a lot of great discussions on the CF forum, (mainpage) so check it out
and do some searching around. Google is your friend!
For those with a crawl space above your garage, here is a solution for that setup: