Today, I'm going to take you on a tour of my garage gym, where I do all of my functional training.
If you're thinking about setting up your own space for functional training, I hope this tour gives you some ideas and inspiration.
FYI here are my affiliate links if you are considering purchasing any of this equipment. It doesn't cost any extra for you but helps me out a ton so if you have gotten value from anything I do I would really appreciate it.
My garage gym has two-foot by two-foot interlocking tiles for flooring. I got these tiles for free from a friend, so I saved a ton on flooring. They do the job and work just fine for my functional training needs.
I use the Echo Bike every single day in my training, mainly for conditioning and cardio. It's a high-quality piece of equipment, and I absolutely love it. A quick hack for those who don't like wind blowing in their face: just throw some tape on the wind guard instead of spending extra money on a new one.
Plate Carrier and Weight Vest
In my gym, I have a First Form plate carrier with 20 pounds and a 50-pound CAP weight vest for adding resistance to my functional training workouts.
Rep Fitness Soft Plyo Box
I hope everyone has invested in a soft plyo box by now. It's much safer than steel or wooden boxes. My plyo box goes up to 24 inches. I chose a lower height because of the low ceilings in my garage gym.
Sandbags, Slam Balls, and D-Balls
I have a 75-pound Rep Fitness sandbag, 20 and 30-pound Rep Fitness slam balls, a 50-pound Rage Fitness ball, and a 100-pound D-ball. These are great conditioning tools and make for excellent additions to any functional training garage gym.
Don't neglect your interior tibialis muscles on the calves. I got a cheap tib bar off of Amazon, and it does the job perfectly.
This shelf holds hats, towels, bands, pads, wrist wraps, clips, massage balls, tripods for filming, a monkey foot, a medicine ball, and a landmine T-bar row multi-grip attachment. One of the most important items here is the dehumidifier, especially for those living in humid climates.
I have an Amazon music setup in my garage gym to keep me motivated during my functional training sessions.
Bands, Mobility, and Recovery Tools
I have a cheap hook from Home Depot on the wall for holding bands, which I use for stretching and core exercises. I also have some mobility and recovery tools hanging on the wall.
A whiteboard is a must in any garage gym. It's perfect for planning workouts and tracking progress.
Rep Fitness Competition Bumpers
I have multi-color Rep Fitness competition bumper plates. I didn't get a ton of weight because, at almost 38 years old, I don't need to lift crazy amounts. The plates are high-quality, and I highly recommend them.
PR-4000 Squat Rack and AB-5000 Adjustable Bench
The PR-4000 squat rack is my favorite piece of equipment in my garage gym. It's high-quality and has various attachments, like a landmine attachment and dip bar attachments. The AB-5000 adjustable bench has a zero-gap feature and a leg roller attachment, perfect for decline sit-ups and Nordic hamstring curls.
JTMFit Signature Dip Bars and Parallettes
These are great for calisthenics and bodyweight work during functional training sessions.
Barbells and Rack
I have a variety of barbells, including an EZ curl bar, a cambered Swiss bar, a standard black barbell, a safety squat bar, and a trap bar. These are all stored on a Rep Fitness three-barbell holder, which is easy to set up with concrete anchors. Each barbell serves a different purpose in my functional training workouts, and having a variety of barbells allows for more versatility.
A slant board is an excellent tool for those with hip or knee issues, as it helps keep you more upright during squats and isolates the quads. I use it often in my functional training, and it's an invaluable addition to my garage gym.
Dumbbells and Kettlebells
I have a wide range of dumbbells and kettlebells in my garage gym, but if you're on a budget, I suggest getting three pairs of dumbbells (light, medium, and heavy) and the same for kettlebells. This will give you enough variety for effective functional training workouts.
A fitness ball is an essential piece of equipment for any garage gym. You can use it for core exercises, hamstring exercises, and much more. It doesn't take up much space, and it's highly versatile.
As someone with a background in Muay Thai, kickboxing, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, having a heavy bag in my garage gym is a great way to mix up my cardio and conditioning or let out some aggression. I have a Wave Master heavy bag filled with water, and it's easy to tuck away in the corner when not in use.
So there you have it!
That's my garage gym setup, optimized for functional training.
If you want to see any specific reviews of the equipment mentioned or more videos about my garage gym, please let me know by sending me a DM.
I hope you enjoyed this tour and found it helpful for creating your own functional training space.
If you're looking for programming that utilizes equipment like the ones in my garage gym, be sure to download the JTMFit app and give it a try.
You can start with a 7-day free trial to experience the variety of workouts available and see the incredible results you can achieve.
Don't miss out on this opportunity to take your functional training to the next level. Have a great day, and talk to you soon!