Home Gym Spotlight March 2019!

We are starting a monthly series for garage/home gym owners!! below is our first winner! If you want to have your gym featured and a chance to win some free Appleton Coffee Co. gear send us an email at info@appletoncoffee.com.

Thank You Caleb for sending us your home gym setup!!

  • What is your name? Caleb 
  • Location: Austin, Tx 
  • How old are you? 28 
  • Tell us a little about yourself: Just an ordinary fitness enthusiast. I have a full time job so having a garage gym helps save time for me. Besides training I love watching sports and enjoy spending time with my friends and girlfriend. 
  • What is your favorite exercise, lift, WOD? I definitely have a love/hate relationship with the snatch. I'm nowhere near being good at it, but there's nothing like catching the snatch in the perfect bottom position! 
  • How would you describe your fitness/strength level, currently? I've done the more "traditional" bodybuilding training for a couple of years before training like a powerlifter for a couple more (never competed, though I would really like to in the future!). Now, I'm currently doing Crossfit for a little over a year. 
  • What are your fitness/strength goals? Just to get better! I'm more addicted to the process and training over anything, and I always try to find new ways to challenge myself. Right now, I'm just trying to be more fit than yesterday 
  • Describe your garage gym.  I don't have the fanciest or most expensive equipment, though I do realize I may be more blessed than others. I buy or get what I need and slowly expand my equipment list as I expand my exercise selection. One thing I like about my garage gym is having a nice open area to do all my "fitnessing". 
  • Why did you build a garage gymFirst reason is that I've always wanted one ever since my buddy set his own up a few years ago. I love the convenience of having an accessible gym whenever I want. Second is time. I don't have to commute to a local gym, and I can make use of that extra time elsewhere.
  • What is your favorite piece of equipment in your garage? Not a singular "piece", but my favorite would have to be my barbell and bumper plates. There's so many exercises you could do with them, and I use them the most.
  • What piece of equipment was a waste? I pretty much use every single piece of equipment I have, but if I had to choose it would be my 20lb slamball. I use it the least, and the only reason why I got it was because it was on sale for $30.
  • What is the next piece of equipment you are going to get? I'm stuck between a sandbag, competition plates, and a bike erg. It will probably be the sandbag since it's the least expensive but you never know!
  • How did you build your garage gym? I used tax return money I got one year and splurged haha. I bought the essentials first, and slowly expanded. 
  • Do you have any tips for anyone else looking to build a garage gym? Don't be intimidated by the expenses! Building a garage gym isn't cheap by any stretch, but if you are paying for a gym membership chances are you'll make back your money in a few years. Start with the basics: Barbell (invest in a good one!), plates (bumpers preferably to protect your floor), squat stand/cage, and pull up bar. You can easily find most if not all of those items on Craigslist or FB market. It doesn't happen too often but certain companies will have sales (Rogue, Rep Fitness, Fringe Sport, Vulcan, etc). Save your cash for when those sales happen and buy in bulk to save on shipping. And finally, efficiency equipment is the key! Everyone wants the nicest stuff, but you only need a few things to get great results. Stick to the basics so you can minimize the amount of equipment and space you need. Your wallet (and your significant other) will thank you.