At Home Gyms; Building Your Dungeon of Power


As per Terry Budney's request, here is a step by step guide to building your home gym. This ain't your daddy's NordicTrack....

To create the most efficient workout space in a garage or basement the first item is a power rack. Brand new they can range anywhere from $500-1000, but I’m sure with some diligent hunting and digging you can find a used one in good condition from either Craiglists, old gyms or even high schools and colleges looking to get rid of old equipment. The great thing is that a power rack is built with strong quality steel and can be used for decades.

Here is a pretty basic power rack brand new for around $500. Just short of 8ft tall, this power rack can fit in most garages. The site also has plenty of other models to fit your needs.


The power rack, with its pin settings, frame, built in pull up bar and reinforced steel can be used, along with the purchase of an adjustable weight bench, an olympic barbell and plates, for the following exercises

  • squats
  • front squats
  • rack pulls
  • military press
  • incline press
  • flat bench press
  • pull ups(all variations of hand grips, you can also buy a resistance band to assist with pulls if you are still building strength for this,  )
  • bent over rows
  • shrugs
  • curls
  • close grip bench
  • behind the neck press
  • skull crushers
  • push press
  • clean and press
  • hang clean and press
  • deadlifts

and so on and so forth.

Ultimately building your perfect at home gym with your entire wish list will take time, effort and trial and error. Space might be a limiting factor, it will be important to account for the best possible way to train your whole body with what you have space for. This is why the power rack is first and foremost.

If I were to build my own at home gym, here is what my must have starter kit would include

  1. power rack with built in pull up bar and pin hole settings for self spotting
  2. olympic barbell
  3. adjustable weight bench (
  4. ez curl bar
  5. clips
  6. plates, 600 lbs worth 😉
  7. rouge monster bands, for adding resistance and assistance depending on exercise, great way to self spot on squats and bench when anchoring from top)
  8. LOUD ASS SPEAKERS AND BLAST THAT HEAVY METAL AND ROCK, throw in some rocky soundtrack too for good measure.

I know these items brand new and from Rogue can quickly become expensive, this is why I recommend looking and hunting first, craigslists, garage sales, high school gyms, college gyms, old gyms going out of business.

If you can’t find any good deals, then start with

  1. a pull up bar
  2. dumbbells, as many as you can afford and buy
  3. adjustable bench

That’s really all you need to get started with some decent home workouts!

Don’t forget plyometrics and calisthenics too!





7 Comments on At Home Gyms; Building Your Dungeon of Power

  1. mattinbritain // April 22, 2016 at 8:18 am // Reply

    Gabe – my long term ambition is to start a gym locally, a REAL gym where men can train without being distracted by girls in yoga pants, and where people are serious about self-improvement, not chatting for 15 minutes between sets or spending an hour running on a treadmill. This article is really helpful in envisioning that. All your stuff is pure gold man, keep doing what you’re doing because it’s great.

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  2. Thanks for the advice. When I buy a home, I’m buying a power rack before I buy furniture.


  3. markwayne1311 // April 25, 2016 at 11:32 am // Reply

    I made a home gym 2 years ago in the ole garage. the last touches were added this winter and now I have been getting the the teens round town interested in lifting. I live in a town of 300 people so all these teens do here is wondering round like they are lost. by the end of summer I got a feeling a few of them are going to lifting and having pride in themselves and not walking round town with their fucking pants half off any more.

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    • Thats an amazing story mark! That’s what I’m talking about, making a real life positive impact on the community and using fitness as the vehicle to do it with.


  4. Terry "Budney" // April 30, 2016 at 8:19 am // Reply

    Thanks for the post Gabe. I just bought your ebook, It’s time to get real and off the couch.


    • Terry thank you for buying my ebook. I sincerely hope it can have a positive impact on your life! Feel free to email me directly at with any questions regarding my topics and ideas. Be well and get to it!


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