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Step Into Brian’s Amazing CrossFit Barn Gym

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Meet Brian.

Brian and his wife live in Northeast Ohio, where they have built one of the most impressive home gyms I’ve seen. Their CrossFit-inspired barn gym sits on a large piece of land that allows for some serious training variety… with some awesome equipment to boot.

Join me as we step into Brian’s amazing barn gym.

The Journey

Brian's Barn Gym Exterior - Garage Gym Lab

Brian’s gym actually started in Northeast Indiana at their old house. It was also in a barn, but it wasn’t necessarily built “around” Crossfit. It included a Dick’s power rack, a Rogue Yoke, 400lbs of Rogue HG bumpers, rings, dog sled (no pun intended, as you will learn), a Concept 2 rower, homemade jerk blocks/boxes, and two used Airdynes.

Certainly, it was a great start, and it helped Brian remain competitive in Crossfit, but he had bigger aspirations. When he and his family decided to move to Ohio, he realized he really wanted an area where he could essentially recreate the Crossfit Ranch from Aromas. He wanted the ability to incorporate strongman, endurance, and odd object events from the Games, among other things, into his daily training.

Brian's Barn Gym Outside - Garage Gym Lab

While it wasn’t a deciding factor, they found a piece of property that fill the bill… 20 acres of wooded land with a home and a two-story wood shed with a gravel floor and three garage doors. Once moving in, they immediately renovated the whole house along with the shed. He had 9″ of concrete poured for the barn floor and he removed the second story to fit his Rogue Castro rig.

What’s so interesting about their property is that is was formerly used as a sled dog training farm (dog sled pun). The property has two streams and is covered in fully mature hardwoods including maple, white/red oak, beech, black cherry, and ash. The prior owner professionally groomed over three miles of trails, which are now more like roads than a ruck trail.

The Equipment

Brian's Barn Gym Equipment 2 - Garage Gym Lab

Some of the equipment from Brian’s first barn gym made its way to the new space, but a lot of it was curated after the fact.

All-in-all, it’s an impressive assortment that strikes a nice training balance, but with a specific eye towards Crossfit.

When I asked Brian what his favorite piece of equipment, he admitted it was difficult, but ultimately landed on the Concept 2 Rower. In his words, “it’s the best piece of equipment to build a strong engine that translates well to metcons.” He added that a good used Airdyne would be a close second.

Here’s a look at Brian’s space piece by piece.

The Rig

Brian's Barn Gym Rig - Garage Gym Lab

I mean, what can I say – Brian’s rig is incredibly awesome. It’s the anchor of the space, it’s equipped with all the fixins, and it just creates a complete wow factor.

Strength Equipment

Brian's Barn Gym Rack - Garage Gym Lab

In addition to the Rig, Brian also has a power rack, a squat stand, a yoke, and a healthy serving of other strength gear.


Brian's Barn Gym Conditioning - Garage Gym Lab

What CrossFit gym is complete without a heavy dose of conditioning equipment? Brian definitely has that covered, plus some!

Brian's Barn Gym Equipment - Garage Gym Lab

Brians’ Barn gym is one of the most impressive home gyms I’ve seen. It’s situated on a badass piece of property and it includes some awesome gear. If I’m ever in Northeastern Ohio, I would love to stop in for a session to check this place out!

You can follow and stay in touch with Brian on Instagram here and you can also follow his property’s account here.

If you would like the chance to be featured on the site, shoot me an email at Adam@garagegymlab.com.

The bar is loaded,


Adam Hensley
Adam Hensley
Adam is the founder of Garage Gym Lab. He serves as the chief content creator with over two decades of training experience. When he's not testing equipment and writing about all things fitness, Adam loves spending time with his wife and two children.

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