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Home Gym

So far there have been four distinct stages (with one major add-on: Stage 4a) in the evolution of my home gym. Below you’ll find links to photographic tours detailing each of the stages.

Stage 1STAGE 1: “The Beginning” (January 6, 2003 – September 2, 2003)

For the first 8 months of my transformation program, my equipment was very basic. I started with a stationary bike, a stair climber and a cheap bench with plastic weights & leg attachments. Also, soon after I started working out, I bought a nice set of hex dumbbells because… [more]

Stage 2STAGE 2: “Getting Serious” (September 3, 2003 – May 20, 2005)

As I progressed with my training, I knew that my equipment was seriously holding me back. I had even resorted to tying dumbbells to the bar because I needed more weight than the set I was using had. This was a very stupid thing to do, don’t try it. I almost killed myself… [more]

Stage 3STAGE 3: “Titan” (May 21, 2005 – December 27, 2007)

I should preface this section by noting that I think my power rack was an excellent piece of home gym equipment. I really loved mine, and I made some very nice gains on it. The biggest shortcoming of a standard power rack is that it is only capable of around a dozen… [more]

Stage 4STAGE 4: “New Home” (December 28, 2007 – Present)

When Lisa and I decided to have a new home built one of my primary design concerns was the home gym. I wanted a space on the first floor that was large enough to comfortably accommodate my Titan and its many accessories, my cardio equipment, my dumbbell rack and my plate tree… while still allowing plenty of room for maneuvering around “outside the rack” and for exercises such as deadlifts. I also wanted lots of light (my old gym had no lighting and was always very dark), and I wanted the room pre-wired for electricity and cable so I could install a HDTV high on the walls… [more]

Stage 4aSTAGE 4a: “Bike Torture Chamber” (October 17, 2012 – March 30, 2015)

I completely revamped the cardio section of my home gym. My Bike Torture Chamber may be high tech and polished in appearance, but don’t let that fool you: the suffering in there is downright medieval… [more]

Stage 4bSTAGE 4b: “Bike Torture Chamber v2.0” (March 31, 2015 – Present)

My BTC has served me well over the past couple of years, but recently I decided that some changes were in order. Many of these changes were inspired by the very cool and innovative massive multiplayer indoor cycling software Zwift… [more]

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