Since going full time into focusing on our garage based training, I've had the recurring comments from people about working from home. To some, it's not professional. I had one guy leave us, saying, "I just can't see myself training in someone's garage."
I can understand that perspective from an outsider's point of view, and it's a challenge to overcome. However, we chose to base our program from home, because we felt it was the best product we could present to our tribe.
So, why should you train at a garage?
1. No Distractions
The only people that can fit in the garage gym are the people training in the garage gym. There's no last minute program switches due to equipment usage, no gym traffic to distract from what you're doing. The ONLY thing happening is your session. You have an entire gym, condensed into a space that can fit two cars and a couple rednecks tinkering over the '89 Ford Something while they share beers and stories about women. It's enough room to comfortably do what you need to do, and that's all.
Being a member of a garage gym is unlike that of a regular gym. Our clients all know each other. They all drink water from our refrigerator. If they don't cross paths for a while, they'll ask about one another. They all want to see each other do well, and they all want to be there, or at least hear about it, when someone hits a milestone.
The space has been designed specifically for today's workout. There is no compromise when it comes to making the workspace flow. This means you get more done with less wasted time.
When you train at someone's house, you're more than a client. You know their kids, you see the true person behind the program, and you share that with all the other clients. It goes back to community. Everyone has each other's back.
Finally, here's my take on it, and what led me to full time garage training:
I've been professionally training clients since 2009. I've been a group exercise instructor, a personal trainer at one of the swankier gyms, and managed a gym while running a group training program.
Through all the phases of my career thus far, one thing has remained constant: I do my best work from my garage. I have enough space for a small group, and each piece of equipment has been hand picked by me to serve exactly the purpose I need it for to help our clients get results.
I cut ties with the big gym world when I realized that I was taking my clients outside regularly, using my own equipment, and using language that we couldn't use inside the confides of the adult day care masquerading as a gym. I also knew that I could offer a better value to my clients, since I didn't have to give away 50-70 percent of my business for a facility I wasn't using, and I wouldn't be reqired to sell them things that they don't need.
Another valid reason is the language. I like swear words. Melissa talks like a sailor. When I was at Globo Gym, I had to act like "Errmagawd" when a client cursed. I can't quite put my finger on it, but something about wearing a goddamn trash bag for a uniform and a plastic name tag around a bunch of snooty motherfuckers really toned me down a lot. In our garage gym, the language flows freely, and the program and coaching is backed by over a decade of trainings, education, and experience. And the music is way better than that shit they play at your gym.
Gangsta rap made us do it. And metal. Depends on the workout. Sometimes Trap, if we're doing conditioning.