Tyler Robbins Fitness

B.Sc. Biochemistry, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Certified CrossFit Trainer (CCFT/CF-L3), USA Weightlifting Level 1

INVESTING in your health!

I have always been a "penny pincher." Ever since I was a kid, I always appreciated the "investment" aspect of things. Now that I am an adult, investing in opportunities always takes precedence in my mind. 

For those of you who haven't read it already, I highly recommend "The Compound Effect" by Darren Hardy. I have my Coach Training group reading it right now. The teachings in that book revolve around the idea that small, incremental decisions add up over a long period of time - good or bad! For example, eating that Snickers bar today may not do a single thing to your weight, but over time, eating a Snickers bar here, a bag of chips there, over time, your weight will start to really creep up! 

What I really want to talk about today, however, is the investing in a home gym. 

When I started my home fitness journey back in 2008, I had just a few sets of dumbbells. It was enough to get me going, but nobody would consider it a "gym" by any stretch of the imagination. 

But, I was mentally invested in working out at home. I enjoyed the idea of waking up, heading to my little gym in my basement, working out, then heading back upstairs to eat and shower before heading off to work. I didn't have to get in my car on a cold winter morning to drive to a gym, wait for equipment to be free, sit in other people's sweat, try and do my workout, get dressed again, get back in my car, then head home. 

Sure, not everybody can afford a luxurious home gym, but neither could I. What I could  do, however, was make small investments in it over time. Rather than paying a monthly membership to a big box gym, I would go and pick up a new piece of equipment here and there. Need more weights? Sure! Need a pull-up bar? Sure!


Over time, I have saved my money from not "renting" gym equipment, and instead, have purchased my own, really nice equipment! I have even saved up enough this year to purchase a really nice squat rack, Olympic bar, and weight plates. Then, a few months later, have also picked up some amazingly durable interlocking rubber flooring. 

I have even spent time time to frame and drywall my basement to have the space completely dedicated to health and fitness! 


Guess what? If and when my family decides to move, I will pack all of that equipment up and take it with me to build a new home gym. 

I am obviously a fan of Beachbody workout programs, and many of you readers may be as well. But, you don't even have to do anything Beachbody-related to appreciate the smart investment of a home gym!