Posts Tagged ‘garage gyms’

One of the biggest mistakes the big chain gyms made is underestimating the power of thousands of small independent gyms.

Over the past decade, big gyms have either ignored small gyms or tried to annihilate them through huge advertising budgets, lots of shiny equipment, and $10 a month memberships.

Though they tried to crush us, we are still here,  and GOD-willing, we will steadfastly continue.

All across our nation and the world there are thousands and thousands of small gyms in garages, warehouses, basements, or outdoors.

These are the places where some of the best strength & fitness athletes train.


When you blaze your own path  there might be a few people “who get it” who might come along side you, but most often you go alone, This is not for the timid!

While you always seek out the best information you can, sometimes to just have to experiment with what fits you and your purposes. That you will not get from someone’s experience, that will be yours, good or bad.

Don’t be afraid to fail at something that is worthy of your effort. That is part of process. Some people will stop the first time that something doesn’t work like they think it should, that is their loss, not yours. Keep going!

Don’t concern yourself with what is popular, stick to what you know works best. Some of the strongest guys I know of trained in the back yards or garages or dingy warehouse for years with old rusty, used equipment. No frills, nothing fancy, just results.

They trained under the radar for years, even decades before others caught on to what they were doing and the results they were getting.

A few people come to  mind right away (though this is not a complete list)

  • Bud Jeffries
  • Zach Even-Esh
  • Jedd Johnson

I discovered these innovators around ten years ago while I was first going under the radar myself.

More recently I found a few more guys operating like that and getting incredible results

  • Dave Lemanczyk
  • Eric Fiorillo

Of course there are more I haven’t met yet, but look forward to learning from in the future.

While the general public favors the huge fitness centers full of shiny machines and mirrors; there is a small percentage of serious strength athletes who could care less about all that stuff. They don’t care about celebrity diets or six-pack abs; they just want to get crazy strong. Those are my kind of people!