Building a Home Gym Version 1.0

Throughout high school and college I was always athletic.  I was 140 lbs when I graduated high school and 170 lbs when I graduated college.  I played soccer and tennis in high school and played Division III soccer my freshman year of college.  Due to heavy class load I did not continue to play soccer in college, but I did workout with my roommate and played intramural soccer.

So it snuck up on me when I graduated, got a full-time programming job and started gaining weight.  Within a year of starting my first job, I was 190+ and felt the most out of shape of my life.  My wife and I had just purchased our own home, so I decided I would turn part of it into my own home gym.  I hated the thought of paying for a monthly gym membership and traveling, so this seemed like the perfect option.

Version 1.0

The first version of my home gym was nothing to be proud of.  It consisted of a very cheap weight bench and some standard size weight plates in the corner of our basement storage room.  Even though I was out of shape, it very quickly became inadequate.



Since I was fresh out of college and broke, I decided to search online for “DIY workout equipment”.  One of the first things that came up was a homemade pullup bar made from gas pipe.  After spending a few dollars at Home Depot, I added the second piece of equipment to the gym.



Since my initial weight bench was no longer sufficing, I started searching around on craigslist for a more substantial bench.  I found one for a good price that doubled as a squat rack.  It also used Olympic weights, which was great.  With 300lbs, this would keep me busy for a while.



This new bench and weights was enough to keep me working out, but I yearned for a nicer home gym.  Stay tuned for the future to see home gym version 2.0.

Tom Sylvester is an Entrepreneur, Real Estate Investor and Lean/Agile Coach.  He has started multiple businesses and is passionate about helping others achieve their goals, both personally and professionally.  He lives in Rochester, NY with his wife and daughter.  Follow him on Twitter or connect with him on LinkedIn.

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