About Garage Gyms & a Little About Me
Welcome to my little corner of the Internet. I created Garage Gyms with the goal of making this site a great resource for all things about garage gyms and home fitness. I want to bring all of the good information available out there about garage workouts to one place; where to buy reliable weightlifting and CrossFit equipment, things you should avoid, money saving projects others have been successful with, and so much more.
One of the best things I ever did for my own personal fitness (besides quitting smoking) was to abandon the global-gym and invest in my own weight-training equipment. I don’t wait in line to use the power rack at the gym anymore; I don’t have to drive to and from the gym, and the best part is that my initial garage gym equipment is already paid for itself in saved gym dues.
I’m always trying to improve my own gym with additional or upgraded equipment, or by finding better use of the limited space. I like to see what other people have done with their garage gyms and get ideas from them. I’ve even finally got my gym climate controlled after many years of lifting in the Texas heat.
I love my gym. I intend to continue to research how to make it and my workouts better, and my goal is to share the things I learn here with anyone interested. So please enjoy my articles and equipment reviews. I hope you pick up at least a little something you didn’t know already. And if at any time you feel like contributing by adding some comments, please feel free. Or, if you would like to suggest an article you’d be interested in reading about, you may do that as well.
If you do learn anything even remotely useful while you’re here, I would greatly appreciate you giving me a +1, Facebook follow, Tweet, or a share on whatever social media platform you prefer. It’s hard to get the word out without having to pay for it, so any help in that department is definitely appreciated.
Reviews, Guests & Advertising
If you are interested in having a piece of equipment reviewed, think you can make a contribution in the form of an article, or you are interested in partnering for advertising, you may contact me below. Please have spent enough time browsing the site to get an idea of what would be appropriate to review, share, discuss, etc.
Before you offer equipment for a review, understand that you providing me the equipment will in no way influence the outcome of the review itself. I’m not selling reviews here. If you’re trying to pass junk off to unsuspecting customers, I’m the wrong guy to send your equipment to.
Additional Review Info
The majority of the equipment that I review is purchased by me at full price. I am not generally offered a discount, nor do I ask for one. I buy my equipment the same way you guys do, online with a credit card.
However, there have been, and there no doubt will continue to be instances in which I am sent equipment and asked to review it (almost always barbells.) I am very upfront and clear with any company that wishes to do this that I will review the product just as if I paid for it.
Your opinions are your opinions, and you are entitled to those opinions whether we agree or not. I do not filter comments on this site based on whether or not I like what you have to say, I only filter out comments that are spammy, promotional, malicious, or crude.
That said, this site gets a ridiculous amount of spam every day, and I’ve had to enable some minor annoyances in order to keep that spam in check. In addition to a comment captcha, I have a third-party spam filter. This filter requires me to moderate the first comment from every new contributor, and any comment that contains a URL. You are allowed to include URLs to products in the comments, but I will have to manually approve it. Comments containing your affiliate or advertising links will not be approved, and will probably get you banned from future comments.
Email field: In order to avoid having to wait for your comment to be moderated after you’ve already successfully commented, be sure to use the same email address that you used the first time that you commented, and leave the URL field blank.
URL field: You may input your website address into the URL field if your site is somehow related to the fitness/strength training industry (even loosely related). Do this only once please, and only use the root domain. No redirects, and no affiliate links.
Yes, you can ask me questions if there is not an appropriate article for you to comment in. I love helping, and will answer any email that isn’t incomprehensible, spammy, or of a personal nature. Try to keep it reasonably to the point though as I do get my fair share of emails, and I do like to respond to them all.