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2018/09/26 11:29:32 (permalink)
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Garage gym set up

Hi

I’m thinking of getting a power rack, weights etc in my garage.

The only problem I have is my garage is about 40 metres from my flat with no windows or electricity.

It would be fine in the warmer months however I’m worried that in the winter it would be too cold and equipment would get ruined by rust.

Does anyone have any tips or experience with this kind of set up?

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    H0M3R_j4y
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    Re: Garage gym set up 2018/09/26 11:42:09 (permalink)
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    It won't go rusty as long as its dry. Training in the cold isn't too bad. After the first set or 2 you've warmed up enough to not really feel it. If its really bad though you could always get a heater with a gas bottle set up just to give it a quick blast.
     
    The bars can get cold though so sometimes in freezing conditions a pair of training gloves can take the edge of it.

     
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    Re: Garage gym set up 2018/09/26 11:55:57 (permalink)
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    The bars can get cold though so sometimes in freezing conditions a pair of training gloves can take the edge of it.


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    Re: Garage gym set up 2018/09/26 12:07:27 (permalink)
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    The bars can get cold though so sometimes in freezing conditions a pair of training gloves can take the edge of it.







    This advice obviously need not apply if you have well insulated gorilla fingers.
     
    My girlish hands need all the protection they can get, but I must add I would only use gloves on pressing movements.

     
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    Re: Garage gym set up 2018/09/26 13:07:31 (permalink)
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    I tried to put mine in the garden for a while, it's the cheapest rack you can buy I believe? 
     

     
    It endured endless ****ial rain for about 3 months solid, and the only real noticeable corrosion was this 

     
    It spent a further 2-3 months out there including a fair bit of this .... 
     

     
     I eventually had my spirit broken by the constant rain, too heavy to train in.  I was going weeks without workouts because there just wasn't a break in the rain at a convenient time to train, which kind of defeats the object of having your own equipment.  
     
      So it came back indoors, It now lives in a cramped end of the spare room (which we really do need to keep as a functional bedroom sadly) https://ibb.co/hwqHz9" />
     
     
     
     
    ....And to be honest, despite the 6 months of brutal punishment, Other than the rust spot on the pullup bar, which cleaned up nicely with some wire wool and autosol, you'd never know it had been outside in the rain and snow. 
     
     
    So, yeah, your kit will be fine in the garage! If you want to be doubly sure a squirt of wd40 every couple of months will keep it fine. 

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    Re: Garage gym set up 2018/09/26 15:32:02 (permalink)
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    I used to train in my garage, had a decent set up, but no fun in winter at all.
     
    Off topic, but who was the member on here that used to train outside in all weather and post vids? 
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    Yeah it was Tony! Is he still around?
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    Re: Garage gym set up 2018/09/26 15:51:42 (permalink)
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    The bars can get cold though so sometimes in freezing conditions a pair of training gloves can take the edge of it.



     




    This advice obviously need not apply if you have well insulated gorilla fingers.
     
    My girlish hands need all the protection they can get, but I must add I would only use gloves on pressing movements.




     
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    Re: Garage gym set up 2018/09/26 16:25:49 (permalink)
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    Layer up and as said, after a few sets it's not too bad. Also we don't get too many days of bitter cold. We get plenty of mild winter days in the positive degrees.

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    Re: Garage gym set up 2018/09/26 18:05:10 (permalink)
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    Thanks for the great responses 👍🏻

    Dr z that’s a very good advert for the Mira fit “all weather” rack. Appreciate the pictures
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    Re: Garage gym set up 2018/09/26 18:21:35 (permalink)
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    I used to find training in a garage was colder than outside.
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    Re: Garage gym set up 2018/09/26 19:55:21 (permalink)
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    Yeah it was Tony! Is he still around?




    Nah, not seen him about here anyway for a long time, he did have a fleeting visit IIRC a while ago but it must be 4-5 years since he was active here. PAGAN did use to train with him with his son who also put up some good numbers for a young kid. If anyone is still in touch with either give them a shout, love to know how they're all doing.

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    Re: Garage gym set up 2018/09/27 13:26:17 (permalink)
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    NotForTheWeak
    I used to find training in a garage was colder than outside.


    I can vouch for this also. I nick name my outbuilding the fridge.

    During winter months I just layer up and after a couple of sets I am boiling hot.
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    Re: Garage gym set up 2018/09/28 18:52:30 (permalink)
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    same here for me. my setup is in the garage it's attached to the house but in the winter ffffffk me it's nippy. I used to pop a heater on for 10mins just t0 take the initial chill off but it was hat and fleece till I warm up. it's all worth it for the convenience for me I love it
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    Re: Garage gym set up 2018/09/28 20:45:31 (permalink)
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    i Train in a garage that has no heating, have done for 5 years odd 
    in the colder months I use thin builders gloves just to take the chill out of the bars 
    I also use a punchbag to warm up on and after a few 1 minute rounds it’s not so bad 
     
    get Some foam matting for the floor it makes a big difference IMO
    WD any moving parts and check plates for peeling corrosion etc
     
     
    post edited by constantbulk - 2018/09/28 20:50:13
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    Re: Garage gym set up 2018/09/29 17:43:50 (permalink)
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    I train in my garage no electricity, I have the whole place rubber matted, two 'areas' one with wooden platform on for deadlifts and squats (don't have a cage just portable squat racks, can be moved out the way) the second area is just rubber mats for dumbbell work with flat/incline bench a dumbbell rack, 5-30k dumbbells. I did have a gas heater in there but got rid of it not that bad, and a flood lit battery powered light works well hanging on the wall and a battery powered radio, and my best buy was an oap walking frame I use for dips and a chin up bar I hook over the garage entrance door has to stay open but it's ok. A few rocky posters on the wall all painted white inside nice and bright gives the illusion it's bigger than it is.

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    Re: Garage gym set up 2018/09/29 21:14:04 (permalink)
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    I have trained in my garage for years now. Your bare hands just warm up. Having thicker hands helps, I would have struggled in my teens though. Plates and equipment fine.

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    Re: Garage gym set up 2018/10/01 16:31:00 (permalink)
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    Thanks for the feedback 👍🏻

    Strengthshop do a low height power rack 1.85metres which would fit nicely. Or I could just get squat stands.

    Weights would be the body power brand as they are priced reasonably but are good quality and accurate.

    I MUST have some form of heating for the colder months. The only times I’ve ever been injured was training in a cold gym.
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