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A Quick and Easy In Home Gym for the Hunter

Mike and I recently moved into our forever home, but the one thing that was missing was easy access to a quality gym without a long drive.

This was Mike’s idea and after a little negotiating and some sweet-talking, he sold me on the idea of a building our own garage gym. I mean why not spend our lifesavings all in a month’s time haha! (nervous laughter).

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All joking aside, it is important to maintain good health. Not only for life insurance reasons (listen to me sounding like a real adult), but also so you can live life to the fullest. Besides, what better way to hit the gym than to simply step foot out the door into your own private gym?? And as hunters, Mike and I always want to be as fit as we possibly can. A good workout regimen coupled with a healthy diet enable us to stay on top of our “hunting game.”


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So, after months of researching products and scouring YouTube for product review videos, we finally put together a garage gym set up that checked off the boxes for most of our requirements and was also budget-friendly. 




Quality gear that can withstand impact. 

While members of a gym, we never really relied on any machines for our workouts and spent most of our time in a power rack focusing on the main compound lifts: the deadlift, squat, bench press and overhead press. Occasionally, we will also mess around with the Olympic lifts (snatch and clean and jerk). Therefore, our gear needed to be able to withstand impact and be of higher quality to last us for years to come. 



We decided to get our gym essentials from Rogue for a few reasons. 1.) Their black Friday deals helped us save some much-needed cash as we get adjusted to home ownership. 2.) From all we read and heard, their shipping and quality control is up there with the best (which it was for our first experience). 3.) Their warranties were very consumer friendly.


For our style of workouts, it only required a few essentials to get us off and running (or lifting in this case). Our shopping list included the following:


Power rack 

Bumper plates 

Adjustable bench 


Smaller cast iron Olympic plates


To hear more specific detail about each, watch the video! 


I am excited to get our home gym up and running just in time for the New Year! Watch out New Year resolutions, I’m coming for you! 


Do you have a garage/basement/home gym? Any thoughts on switching to the garage gym lifestyle? Anything you think I should add next? Let me know by commenting below and be sure to follow Winchester’s social media channels for more hunting and shooting tips and updates on Winchester supported events and promotions on FacebookYou TubeInstagram and Twitter.

Nikki Boxler
Nikki Boxler
Nikki Boxler grew up on a large dairy farm in Western New York and continues to reside there today. This setting has shaped her love of the outdoors and is how she developed a passion which drives her to spend as much time hunting and fishing as possible. For her, hunting is not about the kill, it is about the experience, the memories, the moments and having fun. Her most memorable adventures take place not only in the woods but also around the grill. Nikki thoroughly enjoys her role as co-host of Winchester Life.