“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” -Albert Einstein
Nine months ago, we bought 2400 pounds of horse stall mats for $800, $10 of pvc pipe, sourced a $5 white board, dusted off some old dumbbells, and started running classes and personal training. The flooring was a priority . . . as it would set the stage for everything to come.
Over the course of those 36 weeks, through the help of a handful of children and adults, this space has evolved from those bare boned early days to a fully functional and well-equipped gym. And although there will be more purchases at some point, currently we want for nothing.
- a rower
- an air dyne bike
- dumbbells from 1-lb through 35-lbs
- kettlebells ranging from 9-lbs through 53-lbs
- AbMats for situps
- insulation for the cold months
- medicine balls between 4-lbs and 18-lbs
- jump ropes
- gymnastic rings
- climbing rope to 10'
- pull-up stations
- squat racks
- barbells and plates up to 205-lbs
- and enough cones and dodge balls to allow for endless varieties of kids games
Yet this space doesn't exist on its own, as if detached from the world.
Instead this garage gym has continually adapted to some need. It started with the kids classes, so very little equipment was necessary. As our personal training clients increased, a rowing machine became important. Our latest addition of a rig with improved squat racks and varied heights of bars was in response to wanting something more robust as well as to accommodate taller clients in our pull-up clinic.
Our mission is to improve the health of all generations through common sense fitness . . . in a safe, supportive, and non-threatening environment. And to this end, our space will continue to adapt to the needs of those who walk through our doors.
With my deepest appreciation to all of you who have helped make our gym what it is today . . .
- Coach Rebecca