Putting one finger up to Globo gyms everywhere with home made kit, proper gym equipment and just plain awesomeness
Saturday, 23 July 2011
Andy Armstrongs hobo gym
I have been training since the age of 15 when I joined the local gym. The gym back then is what most people would call oldskool. The multigym was a chrome universal one and one of the benches was made from wood. But it had loads of plates, a good squat rack, and a proper olympic bench along with plenty of dumbells. From then on I was hooked. With a friendly bunch of regulars from beginner to advanced, the gym had a great vibe to it. As time moved on the gym manager in all his wisdom decided to buy a load of new 'equipment'. Shiney and new this was to be a new era for the gym. It definately was- the stuff was CRAP! Along with this shiney equipment came a bunch of muppetts that had no idea of gym ettiquete. They were rude, arrogant mirror posers. At the age of 20 when I got my first full time job as a fitness instructor I decided with my first pay check to buy some gym equipment.
I bought a power rack, bench, 150kg olympic weights set, and some bodysolid dip bars. This was a fantastic set up that allowed me to quit the gym and head into the garage, from then on I never looked back.
Ten years later and this is where I am now. I built a gym in my back garden. Unfortunatly the problem with this is that the ceiling height has to be quite low to comply with permited developement regs. In order to do overhead lifts or pullups I have to go outside.
Inside the gym I have a full Ironmind set up, Approx 400kgs of olympic weights a bombproof bench that I had fabricated, olympic weights, 2 x 32kg, a 40kg, and a 45kg kettlebells Trap bar, Grippers, Loading pins, Home made pinch grip blocks, Home made 2 inch thick olympic bars, Sandbags, Keg.
Outside I permenantly have a 2 inch thick bar with up to 90kgs of oly weights. The pullup was designed and built by me and a mate of mine who is a fabricator. The tire is a solid large forklift tire. The hammer is a beast and again is another piece I had fabricated.
In my gym I pick the tunes, I pick the time I want to train, and I pick who enters. I have been without a gym membership for 10 years now so all this kit has then paid for itself. If you are thinking about taking the plunge and leaving your globo- DO IT!