Tyler Robbins Fitness

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

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Team Fitness for Life Home Gyms

Lately I've been discussing the benefits of working out at home, and I have even shown you my own home gym setup. I put the word out to my Challenge Group for anyone interested in sharing their home gym to send me pics, so that my readers can get an idea just how versatile and unique people's home gyms can be.

Not only that, but understand the dedication involved for many of these gyms to double as other functions in the home. One of the themes or goals of my blog lately, has been to show people that almost anyone can find a bit of space in their home to exercise. The great thing about working out at home, is that even though you may not have a multi-million dollar facility, you also don't need to pay to rent their equipment. You can build your own gym over time and build something great!

John S.

Here are a few photos of my gym - just in a small spare bedroom (no I didn't choose the awesome paint colour and wallpaper!). Started with just the resistance bands for p90x in 2011-12 and a pull up bar (have since upgraded to beachbody pull up system). I purchased the med balls, gymnastic balls, and SelectTech 552s in Dec 2012 to have ready for X2 in January. Just added the SelectTech1090s and bench this week! All in about $1400 but thats just 2 years of gym membership here and I will have it all forever! Also have a fan, and the TV has built in DVD player, use the black bookshelf as a tabletop to "Write it down"

Jeff T.

Here is my workout area. Nothing special. I did all of Insanity/Asylum vol 1 & 2 in my living room. Then moved everything else outside when I started P90X

Jason T. (Part 1)

I'm 6'4" so I need quite a bit of space to maneuver around. Our old living room was too cramped so I moved the kitchen table back and sort of worked out between the kitchen and computer room in the hallway. Trust me, there were plenty of times I cracked my hands and head on those low overhangs you see there lol.

Jason T. (Part 2)

Here's my (current) basement setup. As much as I hate to say it, I'm planning on replacing that awesome orange carpet with some rubber flooring soon. Hopefully early next year.

Dan M.

Sister's old room. Bowflex bench, Power Blocks adjustable dumbbells, EZ curl bars, and workout mat.  Very steak and potatoes.


Brenda M.

My home gym is my living room so I need a system where it can be tucked away easily. Everything is in my living room except the pull-up bar and chin-up assist.
Inventory: dumbbells (2, 5, 10, & 15s), medicine balls x4, resistance bands x6, agility ladder, rumble roller, roller, TV, DVD player, Audio player, yoga mat, push-up stands, Insanity, Asylum Volumes 1&2, P90X, P90X2, Power 90, 10 min. Trainer, TurboFire, T25, T25 Gamma. not pictured - pull-up bar (for doorway) and chin-up assist. I  also workout at least 2 times per week at work! There, it is a classroom, DVD/projector and a yoga mat!


Brent G.

I workout in the 3rd car garage area of my house. I love it in this room. I have a large rug for cushioning and my TV is an old one with a built in DVD and VHS player. My other gear includes stability ball, bowflex select tech dumb bells, a couple free weight dumb bells, homemade medicine ball, yoga mat, ab roller, and the pull up bar hangs in the door frame. This room also holds all my other "toys". You can see my skis and my bicycles hang up behind the main picture.

Greg H.

Fridge has water bottles & shakers ready for pre workout & post / recovery shakes .
A Years worth of workouts already to go, beside the TV,
Love my garage, man heaven !

Robert G.

Here is my area. I think it's taken me like 4 years or so to get all the equipment I have. I still need to buy some heavier weights but maybe next year. Oh and I remember trying to sell the TV I use for the longest time but glad I never did.

Andrew B.

I started into fitness about 12 years ago.  I was overweight so I got a treadmill.  After losing a lot of weight it was time to bulk up.  For that I got a bowflex.  When I progressed beyond that I started to lift free weights.   Recently I have been getting into Beach Body programs to add dynamic training to my workouts.  This was a good excuse to buy a lot of fun equipment (pull up bar, bands, medicine balls, etc...).

Gary W.

Larry N.

Another interesting tidbit about my home gym that my wife and I put together. We actually met in a commercial gym, training at 4am. I figured anyone dedicated to their workouts like I am is worth dating! We are still together 17 years later!

Scotty C.

My home gym doubles as a living room. I had to modify the pull-up bar because my door frame is wider than all pull-up bars on the market, some PVC pipe, foam covering to ensure that it doesn't destroy my door frame and tape to hold it all together. Bowflex 1090's, 1 rumble roller, 1 foam roller, 4 medicine ball, 2 stability balls, a bench, resistance bands, e-z curl bar with 2 35's, 2 25's, 4 10's, 2 5's, and 2 2.5's, Tony Horton PowerStands, yoga mat and jump mat, I use both for yoga, because yoga mat on carpet doesn't work, and an Indo Board.

Scott N.

I converted one of the guest bedrooms into my home gym. It's a gradual work in progress and it gets the job done. Buddha's there for encouragement:)


Weekly Newsletter

Hey Everybody!

I love this time of year. My birthday is coming up (Monday November 25th), the holiday season is right around the corner, my son's birthday is on December 6th, my wife's birthday is on December 16th, the air is colder, etc. I just love winding down the year with holiday traditions and spending time with family and friends. We may or may not also be one of those crazy families that already has their Christmas decorations up...I am a big kid, so be it!

This time of year tends to be a major motivation-suck for so many people though, especially when it comes to health and fitness. I know for a fact that I have the next few weeks already planned out in my training, but not everyone is the same.

Admit it, you will be eating those extra treats and skipping your workouts more often than not during this time of year. If you are, not all is lost, however, as there are tools to help you get back on track at the start of the year, including my P90X3 Challenge Group. If P90X3 isn't your thing, make sure to plug into my Team Fitness for Life Challenge Group. There, we have a huge group of dedicated folks pushing play, staying active, and motivating each other regardless of their program or current fitness level.

Topics of interest this week:

1. A real quick update on P90X3. Tony posted a short video giving you a little glimpse into "Agility."

2. Beachbody has overhauled the Shakeology website and will launching it this Thursday November 21st. Make sure to check it out! I have seen it already and it's awesome!

3. My next 60-Day Coach training academy starts on Monday December 2nd. The timing of this course will be perfect, because it will allow you to gain the basics of Coaching before not only P90X3 launches, but also prior to the "New Year's Rush" of people looking to make a change. If, however, the month of December is too scattered for you, I will more than likely be starting another Coach course on Monday January 6th. Let me know if you're interested. I am even open to video chat with any interested participants looking for more information into this incredible opportunity!

4. Make sure you check out one of my latest blogs from one of my Coaches (Brenda Merritt). Brenda broke down her own cost analysis as to what she spent on working out at home over the past seven years, and compared it to what she would have spent if she had been paying for a gym membership. The savings are pretty remarkable...

Blogs this week:

Home Workout Cost Analysis
The Baby GetUp

From the blog archive:

Nutrient Timing for Resistance Exercise Part 1
Nutrient Timing for Resistance Exercise Part 2
Nutrient Timing for Resistance Exercise Part 3
Tough Mudder Tactics: Kiss of Mud
Cost of Home Workout Programs

And 2 favors that I ask:

1) If you like the hard work I put into writing my blogs and videos, PLEASE help me out by sharing them.  Click the share links below them and share them on FB, Twitter, etc.  It really helps me get more exposure and grow our team!

2) Also, as always, remember that the way I benefit from being your coach is that I earn a commission from any Beachbody products that you purchase, as long as you buy them through my site, tylerrobbinsfitness.com. It helps with the amount of time I spend answering all your questions, writing my blogs, filming my videos, and helping you out. Thank you! I really appreciate it!

Everyone have a great week!

Home Workout Cost Analysis

Just the other day, I wrote a blog about investing in home workouts, as you can begin to build a great home gym, and although you may have a few startup costs, you save in the long run - not to mention the incredible value added to simply working out at home!

Investing in your health!

Well, a Coach on my team (Brenda Merritt) actually went back and completed her own personal cost analysis for the past 7 years she has been working out at home, compared to what she would have spent paying for a monthly gym membership. The savings speak for themselves!

She saved over $4000 in 7 years!!!!!! (she has been a Coach since October 2012)

What is even more astounding to me, is the fact that she didn't even calculate the cost of wear and tear on her car to drive to the gym, nor the cost of fuel. ALSO, don't even think about hiring a personal trainer to keep you motivated and on a program designed for you, as personal training costs are ridiculous!

I have personally looked into training at a couple local gyms and personal training costs anywhere from $55-75/hour depending on how many sessions you "commit to."

This is simply comparing apples to apples. Cost of a gym membership versus her cost of working out at home.

In my personal opinion, working out in the comfort of my own home, based on my own schedule, using my own equipment, and not having to sit in other people's sweat is MORE than enough investment for me. But when you break down numbers like this and see that I am still coming out ahead, is just money in the bank - literally!

I know Brenda is a user of Shakeology as well, so not only does she get home workout programs designed by professional trainers, brought right to her home, but she can now use her savings to invest in other areas to improve her overall health.

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! 

My New Home Gym (Still Under Construction...)

I moved into a new home back in December 2012. Since then, I have been working out in my basement with the space I have. I finally got the green light from my wife to finish our basement, and majority of the room we have can be used as my home gym.

I have helped my dad finish basements in the past, but this is the first one I have done on my own, so I have definitely made some mistakes and rookie goofs along the way.

I plan on finishing the mudding/sanding/painting of the gym in 2014.

Earlier this year, prior to framing, I finally purchased my squat rack.


Framing nearly done.


Framing done, hired an electrician to get everything safe and to code. Pot lights installed by me.


Drywalling started, I did (nearly) all of it on my own. Had to build some T's to help with the ceiling.


Drywalling done, time to get rid of the carpet flooring.


Went and picked up my rubber tiles in my 4-door Honda Civic...a bit of a tight fit but it worked!


As of today, flooring and walls are done, as I said, I am aiming to do the mudding/sanding/paining in 2014


Weekly Newsletter

Hey Everyone

Wow, not sure if it is as cool where you are as it is here in Southern Ontario, but it feels more like September rather than August out there!

How is everyone doing with your health/fitness goals? You know you can reach me at any time with any questions/comments/concerns you may have!

I am personally half-way done the 2nd week of my World's Toughest Mudder training. Things are progressing nicely, as I am making some improvements and eating like a total Beast. I am currently in a mass phase with the goal of trying to put on as much muscle in 4 weeks as possible.

In case you haven't seen, my basement/home gym/mancave is also coming along nicely. I am nearly done drywalling! I will be working out in a finished basement in no time!

This week's topics of interest:

1. A friendly reminder on Beachbody's August promotions: I know it seems early to be thinking about the holiday season, but maybe you should considering there are not one, not two, but THREE Challenge Packs on sale this month! You could buy the Shakeology to keep for yourself and give the workout program away as a gift (if you wish)! With the kind of savings involved here, you don't want to miss these sales. You can get Body Beast ($160)TurboFire ($160), or Focus T25 ($180) for great deals until the end of the month.

2. There are a lot of expenses involved in the lead-up to World's Toughest Mudder, not to mention the event itself. Training costs, gear, travel, lodging, food, etc. All of these expenses can add up, so if you are interested in throwing a few bucks my way to help me pay for this event, it would be greatly appreciated. Also, if the company you work for, or know of a company that would be willing to sponsor me, that would be a great help as well.

This week's blogs:

Weekly Fitness Minute
Pre vs. Post-Workout Creating Supplementation
Shaun T's Focus T25 Beta Speed 2.0
Intermittent Fasting Q&A Follow-Up

And 2 favors that I ask:

1) If you like the hard work I put into writing my blogs and videos, PLEASE help me out by sharing them.  Click the share links below them and share them on FB, Twitter, etc.  It really helps me get more exposure and grow our team!

2) Also, as always, remember that the way I benefit from being your coach is that I earn a commission from any Beachbody products that you purchase, as long as you buy them through my site, tylerrobbinsfitness.com. It helps with the amount of time I spend answering all your questions, writing my blogs, filming my videos, and helping you out. Thank you! I really appreciate it!

Everyone have a great week!


Tyler Robbins
 Independent Team Beachbody Coach
2013 Challenge Group - Team Fitness for Life