Man Cave Gyms

by Roger LaPointe

I hate the term “Man Cave”. Now I’ve said it and you know the perspective I am coming from.

Here is the other half of that equation. Except for looking at the hot chicks, I dislike almost everything I see at commercial gyms. I don’t necessarily dislike most of the equipment, but the attitude and atmosphere. Most of them generically sterile and completely lack character. I have been a part of the fitness industry, as a professional, for sixteen years now. So I have been in a lot of gyms. I feel I can safely say that I have been in more gyms than almost anybody you know. Outside of little key clubs, there are only a handful of gyms that I would pay to train in. They just seem to suck the life out of me. That leaves the “man cave gym”. I hate the term, but if the shoe fits I intend to make the most of mine.

I recently saw a list of the what some author thought were the top five things necessary for the best man caves. The concept was fine, but the items consisted of every frat house stereotype you can imagine. I don’t remember each item, but I know there was a foosball table, a liquor cabinet and a beer sign. I am sure you get the idea. These places are not training halls.

In addition to some awesome equipment, some of which is just old and useful and other items are awesome because of my access to the industry, I also have some things that make for a great gym, which you might not typically think of. I love old retro scales, so the gym has a great stand-up dial type bodyweight scale from the 1950s. I have a locker set, just like the ones that are for sale in the USED Category. I also have a set of 4 antique folding theater seats, because you need a place to sit between sets. Of course, there are a number of posters, wall charts, photos and even an old Pabst Beer sign… featuring a performing strongman.

I love gyms with character. Now is the time to start developing your own gym, even if you belong to one of those sterile chrome and fern facilities. The book I wrote, Traditional Training Legendary Strength makes an excellent training hall compliment to the Garage Gym Guide:

Live strong, Roger LaPointe
“Today is a good day to lift.”