Build the Ultimate Home Gym
Dan John’s suburban garage is where he and his fellow athletes do high-level training with basic equipment.

August 2, 2016

These are the lessons from Westridge Barbell Club, Salt Lake City. The “club” is actually Dan John’s suburban garage, where he and his fellow
athletes do high-level training with basic equipment. John’s gym setup was once so extensive that it included a pair of Nautilus machines to work biceps and triceps. But when he relocated a few years ago, he learned just how minimal a home gym can be.

Start Small

John downsized to a single 28kg kettlebell. “That was my home gym,” he says. “I could press, swing, squat, snatch, and do many other
moves, including body-weight exercises.”

His advice: start with a piece of equipment that allows all those exercises.

Build Slowly

Considering a new piece of equipment? Think of the range of exercises it allows you to do. For John, it was a TRX suspension trainer, followed
by an ab wheel that he picked up for R60. For you it might be a chindip station. Or, if you have enough space, invest in a barbell set.

Don’t Splurge

“Rich guys who buy a huge facility never seem to use it,” John says. “Every good home gym I know of starts small and then grows.” The biggest waste of money? High-end cardio machines. “People rarely use them, and a good walk trumps most of the expense.”

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