Underground Bodybuilding in a Garage Gym: Simple, NOT Easy


With the busy times hitting me hard, there is no fear. Most people would give up and skip workouts entirely.

I'm too tired....

I don't have time....

I can't get to the gym...

If you have 15 minutes, you have time. Heck, if you don't have 15 minutes, you have GTG / Grease the Groove (Read About GTG HERE).

I'm simply gonna grab a little piece of my 2 car garage back. It used to be filled entirely with gym equipment, all my Underground tools. Now that I own a gym, my wife took over the garage. Our kids' toys are taking over.

I still have the backyard for stone lifting and carrying tree logs. Heck, the floor is free. Push Ups are free. Calisthenics, Sprints, Jumps. Bodyweight Bodybuilding.  Look at the pic above from Sorinex. You can go to a local scrap yard and certainly find some odd objects for lifting.

I have a few Kettlebells in the garage now stowed away in the corner, and maybe I will bring an old curling bar to the garage and 2 olympic dumbbells so I can load them up with 25 lb plates for some heavy duty Underground Bodybuilding.

Now, you might be wondering why the heck I'll be using a curl bar?

The curl bar will not be just for HEAVY cheat curls, which, by the way, are similar to hang cleans with an underhand grip and can allow you to go really freaking heavy....but I have some other tricks up my sleeve to turn this little curl bar into a muscle building machine for me. Zercher Squats are on tap. Curl and Press like old school Rocky training.

Short, intense sessions can be done after a warm up, like Mike Mentzer encouraged since day one. It's important to have this knowledge of various training methods because you never know when you'll need them.

Below are some resources for High Intensity / Low Volume Training:

Mike Mnetzer's training could be too intense depending on your age, experience and past injuries. Forced reps, rest pause and drop sets can beat up the body pretty damn good as we get older. 

As we get older, I always have The Minimalist Program ready to go. With 2 mandatory sessions each week and a 3rd optional session, this is a great program if you are busy and we use it often during the Holidays between Thanksgiving and the New Year. Details HERE.

I'll add a large stone to the backyard as well, somehow I'll find a way to mix it in with the landscaping back there and my wife just might not notice haha

Your garage and backyard can give you the ultimate opportunity to get stronger and build muscle. A Kettlebell and a Dumbbell. A stone and gymnastics rings. You can even have a barbell and when not in use, pile up the plates and place the barbell upright in the plates. Now, nothing is in the way and the bar and plates can be stowed away in a corner.

An ALL Barbell Training Session can look like this after a warm up:

1) Barbell Complex: 2 Build up sets, 2 - 3 heavy sets

3 Hang Cleans

3 Front Squats

6 Bent Over Rows

2A) Military Press 4 x 8

2B) Pull Ups on Rings 4 x 8 (Add Weight if 8 reps is easy)

3) Finisher: 4 Rounds

A) Lunge Jumps x 3 / 3

B) Squat Jumps x 3

C) Clapping Push Ups x 3

D) Sprint x 100 ft

Finish with some wrist curls and ab work like side planks and hanging leg raises, then stretch out a bit and you have a GREAT garage gym session right there! Grip work is always a positive and often highly underlooked.

Don't forget, we have nearby playgrounds at the local elementary schools which often have monkey bars and parallel bars. Calisthenics can never steer you wrong. 

Below is an older video of when I was mid way through a 6 month Bodyweight ONLY training plan. This is how Bodyweight Bodybuilding was created. I actually Lived it! 

Even when limited on time, space and equipment, our options for strength training are endless, there are no limits, unless your mind allows you to create limits.

In Strength,

Zach Even - Esh


2 Responses

  1. hell yeah I’d kill to have my own private garage/basement. Just install a pullup bar, grab some weights and its all set.

  2. Regarding limits, the great Bruce Lee is quoted as saying, “If you always put limits on what you can do, physical or anything else, it’ll spread over into the rest of your life. It’ll spread into your work, into your morality, into your entire being. There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you. A man must constantly exceed his level.” Difficult words to live by, but try we must!

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