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Old 03-27-2013, 04:41 PM   #1
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Cool Garden Shed Gyms?

A few weeks ago, I saw a Boxer Dude on "U" Tube who had taken a Garden Shed--one of those with a Barn Style Roof and turned it into a Boxing Gym.

It was something like 10'X16' or 12'X20'.

No, obviously he couldn't Spar in his Gym, but he had Speed Bag, Heavy Bag, Double Bag and Upper Cut Bag...

A nice mirror to Shadow Box in front of...

A nice sized piece of Mat for Jumping Rope and a simple Exercise Bench and Weights.

Got me to thinking.

Given a Heavy Duty Concrete Floor--What is the Minimum size Shed for a Pretty Good Powerlifting Gym?

What would be y'all's Minimum Equipment?

Any Innovative Ideas?

Guesstimated Cost?

Just trying to start an interesting conversation, and perhaps learn something.


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Minimum size, I'd say would be enough to place the mat/floor coverage area in and a bit to spare; if you consider the Oly size lifting platform areas used in gyms, it's a fair size for quite a bit of ordinary barbell work.

Cost, wouldn't have a clue.

Most people's absolute minimum equipment would be:
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Adjustable dumbbells
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Stands and/or rack
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Old 03-27-2013, 05:15 PM   #3
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12'x 12' with uniform 10' or more ceiling, and either two doors, or awindow and a door for air circulation. You could buy a shed that big for around 2000 bucks, pour a concrete floor for maybe 500 bucks depending on if you do it, or part of it, yourself or not.

You need about 6'x6' for your power rack and bench, etc. than about 8x 4 for a deadlifting area, and the leftover for plate storage and shelves for your crap.

Minimum is some sort of cage or rack to squat and bench or press with, maybe pullups too. And a bench of course, adjustable, with leg ext and curls is nice, but not really rock bottom necessary.
Bar, plates, belt and squat shoes. That's the lot to get started.

So maybe 5 grand total for the whole shebang?

That would only be good for one or two guys though. If you want a crew to lift with, you'd need to double that space at least, and have some couches for the lazy guys like JB to loaf on while they do their curls.
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That would only be good for one or two guys though. If you want a crew to lift with, you'd need to double that space at least, and have some couches for the lazy guys like JB to loaf on while they do their curls.
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This is basically what I have. I train in my 1 car garage. I have 2 bars, 445lb of weights, a rack, a bench, and assorted goodies like chains, a slingshot, and some sawhorses to keep from killing myself.

the rack and bench was $150, the weights were $300, the sawhorses were $40, My roque economy bar was $200, and my chains were $200, but before I got the chains and the better bar I could train just fine with what I had. Powerlifting is a simple sport. If you have what you need to squat, bench, and deadlift, you can train.
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Yeah, I lifted in our 2 1/2 car garage as a boy.

I didn't realize what a Treasure that Garage was.

When we were kids and had a Pony, part of the garage became a Stable.

When my mother assayed a brief try at Sign Painting, the Garage was her shop.

When I lifted weights, it was my gym.

Later when we raised Dogs, half of the Garage became a Kennel.

I was nineteen when my family moved, and the Rubes that bought the place thought the Kennel side of the Garage would make "A nice Den for Papa".

Now I live on a crookedy street—all those crooks add up to our backyard being about 1/3 the size of any of the neighbors' back yards.

There's a too-small Garden shed, but it is literally falling down...

And honest, I'd rather have a small Machine Shop than a Home Gym—and I'm unlikely to get either...

But for folks who just have room for a shed—and the Cutter to pay for it—it might be an overlooked possibility.


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i'm a miniumlist guy too all i have is squat stands, flat bench with dipping bars, 6ft straight bar, 5ft straight bar, ez curl bar and 3 x adjustable DB bars, chin up bar and 180kg of plates it allows me to squat, bench, deadlift and all the other basic exercises.
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if funds are tight you could build your own rack ?

Starting Strength: Equipment

Homemade power rack made out of wood and pipe..
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On my "old forum", there was a guy that trained in his garden shed. It was cool to see him lift big weights, rack them, and see the whole shed shake like an earthquake. He was cramped but it worked.
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here's a few pics of my Home Gym (Shed & Dog house )
With my home made squat rack/safety bars/ 140kg oly weight set/York bench & adjustable dumbbells

Its pretty much a shelter on the side on my house, I love it though.
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