July 1, 2004
Mark Mueller's gym in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Posted by lauren at July 1, 2004 7:20 PM
I'm envious Mark. That keg is killer. You're lucky to have open rafters. It looks like you have all the CrossFit equipment, except I don't see squat racks. Do you use those pcv parellettes as safety racks too?
I'd kill for that as a home gym!
It looks like he has a rack built into the Pullup/Ring station he built. Very impressive.
Thanks! I am very pleased with the gym. Kevin, You are right....there is a rack built into the pull-up rings station. I do not use the parellettes as safety racks...I plan to move the squat station into the interior of the pull-up rings station and I will drill holes into the 4x4s so I can use 1.5 inch steel pipe as my safety racks.
Next project: Obstacle course.
That's about 4 times the size of my NYC apartment. *sniff* Beautiful job!
By next week you should see a brand new cargo net hanging from the wall beams.
BTW, I got to give credit to my "idea" man, Matt Toupalik. He has had plenty of great suggestions and ideas for the gym. In addition, he has supplied the "keg", the sandbag and the new cargo net!
Is that your private HOME gym? Please tell me that you at least share with others. Heaven is not fit for one man alone.
Steve-Mark's gym is located in a large barn on his property.What you aren't able to see is a huge lawn fit for running/sprinting/obstacle course work and lake access for swimming.
Mark has posted a few times inviting other crossfitters, but apparently there are not many in the southwestern Michigan area.If there are, please sound off so we can get a decent game of Hoover Ball going!
And the two tubes hanging off the bar opposite the rings are for....??
Very very nice set up, given me a few idea's for stuff to build!! (Garage that size would be nice for starters!)
The "two tubes" are 1.5 inch PCV for "Alternative Pull-ups". They are great for developing grip strength!
Sweet gym!! I wish I had that kind of room and height...
Parellettes as safety racks is a VERY interesting idea. Not for PVC, but mine are metal. I'm going to have to experiment with it. I've really wanted some for use in partial lifts with my gerald bar.
BTW I updated my gym pictures reciently. I'm real happy with my set up. I could use more room however LOL...
I live about 2 hours away from there. I should head down there sometime! :D
That is one sweet setup...
I do have an impertinent question: Which routines involve the use of the mirror?
Kevin-That would be great if you could come down.
Brian-The mirror is for the posedown we do after our workouts.
I'm kidding.Mark use to coach amateur boxing and we occasionally do some boxing-type activities like focus mitt work or heavy bag.The mirror is for shadow boxing so we can keep an eye on our form.
Still catching up, 5K row in 23.24.
Put up 600+ bales of hay before work; be doing the same tomorrow after the morning workout.
Very nice gym! I especially like the pullup/ring/rope setup.
I'm in Chicago, and while you might not be around the corner, I'd love to stop by if and when I get the opportunity. I'll keep it in mind. Let me know if you guys ever have some 'event.'
Excellent set up - simple yet comprehensive. Its a positive motivator to see what can be done with basic "gear". You've given me some good ideas I will be incorporating into my current set up.
Can you tell me where you acquired your rings? I have been looking for about a month and the best price I could find was $117. Thanks.
Steve-That would be great if you could make it.My wife and I occasionally spend weekends in Chesterton, Indiana, which is an hour and a half drive from Kalamazoo and about another hour from you, so you are looking at between 2 1/2 to 3 hours.If you don't mind the drive, we'd love to have you down.Shoot either of us an e-mail if you have an open weekend sometime.
Peter-I got mine from ringtraining.com for about $80.I believe Mark got his set from the same distributor.Good quality.
Tonight at Gym Jones:
Plenty of work-related stress to blow off so I figured some good punishment was in order.
C&J @ 95# x 30 = 6:06
Tabata Wall Ball w/ 10# ball, 12 reps for all sets
Row 5k 19:59
The gym is a bit hot in the evenings but until we get a water line into the place we can't fire up the swamp cooler. The heat certainly drains motivation away as well as it sucks out fluids ...
I've been wanting to build a ring stand/pullup station in my backyard along similar lines, but I didn't relish the thought of the rockbreaking I'd have to do to set the posts in concrete. I think you just solved my problem. Thanks, guys, for sharing these ideas. Sometimes a picture really is worth 1,000 words. Mark, are you satisfied with the stability of your setup, or would you go with 6x6s if you had to do it over again?
The 4x4s work fine for stability....and they are easy to move arund the gym. 6x6s would be nice, but for the money and the ability to move things around I opted for the 4x4s.
First time I've seen your posting for the gym! I too live here in Kalamazoo. Next time you're up for visitors to your gym, let me know. I'd love to visit. It looks great. BTW, I'm up for some Hoover Ball as well.