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How To Build A CrossFit Garage and Home Gym – EPISODE 71

Do you want to have your own garage gym? Are you wondering exactly what you’ll need and how to get started? To discover how to build a well rounded garage gym, this episode of the Barbell Shrugged podcast we traveled to South Central regional champion Mike McGoldrick’s house to see how he did it. You’ll learn what is essential in creating a great garage gym, and how to do it without going broke.

Questions answered
  • What equipment do you have?
  • How to sell the idea to the wife?
  • How do you compensate for low ceilings?
  • How did you figure out where to put everything?
  • What do you do for a lifting platform?
  • How to squat and bench and stay safe?
  • First 3 pieces of equipment to buy?
Products mentioned
  • Rogue Infinity rigs
  • Rogue Bella Bar
  • Rogue Ohio Bar
  • Rogue Safety spotter arms
  • Rogue Safety straps
  • Speal bar
  • Power Blocks (adjustable dumpbells)
  • Muscle Driver Jerk Blocks
People Mentioned
  • James Fitzgerald (OPT)
Mike’s Sponsors
  • OPT (Optimum Performance Training)
  • Nutriforce Sport
  • Udei’s 
  • Glutino
  • Body Science Compression


Mike’s Garage Gym (2:00) Handyman Box, Gym Equipment (4:56) Chalk Board Paint (12:50) How to Sell Idea to Wife (13:45) Low Ceiling Issues (15:25) Layout of Gym, Drawing (16:47) Rubber, No Wooden Platform (20:30) Buy or Make Yourself (22:08) Adjustable Scoops (23:58) Progenex Commercial (25:45) Technique WOD (26:15) Movement Mastery (29:45) First Three Garage Gym Items (33:44) Barbells & Bumpers (36:29) Banded Lifted Platforms (39:52) DIY Home Gym (42:35) Space Needed (43:39) Squatting Safely (44:30) Rogue (46:30)


Chris Moore is a writer, recovering meathead, fledgling raconteur and rabid imbiber. He's also cohost and resident potty mouth on Barbell Shrugged, a weekly podcast devoted to Crossfit, strength, fitness and all things brash. His experience is drawn from over twenty-years spent training for and competing in American Football, Powerlifting, a bit of strongman and a dash of mixed martial arts. Also, it's possible that he's had one too many cups of coffee. A caffeine fever is a hell of a thing, you know?

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