Should You Make Your Own Gym Equipment?

Written by Jason Ferruggia Topics: Training


Unless you’re the ultimate McGuyver like handyman and you truly enjoy doing it, there’s rarely a time that it’s worth building your own equipment.

It’s like saving twenty bucks at the car wash and doing it yourself.

It takes you two hours to do a good job. So now it cost you ten bucks an hour.

Surely your time is worth more than that. And you could have done something more productive.

It’s a mindset shift that can make a huge difference in your life.

Save money on material possessions, yes. I’m all for that. Buy cheaper clothes, drive a less expensive car, shop at farmers markets.

But never save when you have to sacrifice your time. It’s too precious.

By changing your mindset about things like this you will be more successful, make more money and live a happier life.

If you can afford to pay someone to cut the grass, clean the gutters, do your homework (just kidding, that only worked for me) do it.

If you can afford a pair of rings from Rogue get them. They’re an essential part of an all around good strength training program so you should definitely have a pair.

But don’t be putzing around in the basement and at Home Depot trying to build your own when you could use the two or three hours to read a great book or do something that will improve your life.

You’ve always got to look at your time and decide what it’s worth to you. Is it $20 an hour? Is $100 an hour? Whatever it is you need to decide then know that anything you waste time doing for less than that is taking you away from a happier, more successful life.

Here’s what long time Renegade Inner Circle member, Kyle Matthews had to share on the subject:

“Fletch and I made this mistake with a lot of different shit. 

We built a sled. It cost $113 in metal and probably about $30 in paint. Then, it took 2-3 long days of cutting, sanding, welding, grinding, and painting to finish. They’re only $285 from Rogue. Looking back that was a gigantic waste of time.”

And my friend and colleague, Alwn Cosgrove puts it like this:

“Doctors don’t try to make a stethoscope that is just as good or better than one a professional designed, so what makes people think they can replicate training gear in their garage and make a superior product?”

To me it’s silly and represents a failure mindset.

If you want to start doing thick grip training don’t waste time with finding hard foam and four rolls of Duck tape. Order a pair of Fat Gripz. Instead of hammering together some wooden squat stands buy a good pair from Rogue that will last.



We could all have more knowledge, a greater skill set, better relationships, etc. if we really understood how precious time is and how little of it we can afford to waste. 



The bottom line is this: Always buy the highest quality stuff and pay for the highest quality services you can afford.

Then do something life changing with your free time.

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