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Step into Willie’s Stellar Garage Gym

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Meet Willie.

Willie is a Masters raw powerlifter, training coach, and of course a garage gym owner. His garage gym is exceptionally well put together and it includes some awesome pieces that belong in the dreams of any powerlifter.

Join me as we step into Willie’s stellar garage gym.

The Journey

The truth is that Willie’s journey is much like a lot of us who have started our own home gyms.


Even though there was a decent commercial gym located only two miles from Willie’s house, being able to work out on his schedule won out. Not only did this time convenience matter to him, but the quality of equipment also played a critical role.

The barbells that he used in other commercial gyms just didn’t cut it. They had crap-tier knurling, they didn’t offer any sort of specialty options, and worst of all…


Damn those hex plates straight to hell, I say.

Willie agrees, as they were his biggest pet peeve in the commercial gym setting.

When starting his garage gym nearly two years ago to the day, Willie went all-in on Rogue. After looking into other companies such as EliteFTS, Sorinex, etc… he felt the quality-to-dollar ratio favored Rogue. It also didn’t hurt that his order was over $5k, which qualifies for free shipping with Rogue.

In general, Willie’s garage gym mantra is ‘Buy Nice, Not Twice.’

All of the equipment in Willie’s gym was purchased brand new with the exception of the 45lb competition plates. Those were purchased slightly used following the 2016 CrossFit games.

Let’s take a closer look at Willie’s assortment of gear.

The Equipment

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On the whole, the equipment here is well diversified, allowing for excellent variety. From specialty bars, to reverse hypers, to conditioning tools… this gym covers all the primary bases and then some.

When I asked Willie what his favorite piece of equipment was, he answered the Monster rack from Rogue since it’s used every time he trains. He also added that the Duffalo Bar, Earthquake Bar, and Rogue Trap Bar were high on his list.

Piece by piece, Willie’s gym includes the following:


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I absolutely love the assortment of bars this gym offers. It includes several of my favorite specialty bars and, of course, the all-important straight bar for comp lifting.

Rack & Bench

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This rack is just awesome. I love the monster series, and I strongly considered it when upgrading my own personal rack. The LT-1 50 Cal Trolley is an impressive, functional piece of equipment that is surely going to add a TON of variety. On the bench front, the Rep Fitness FB-5000 is my current #1 pick for a bench. Check my review here.

Plates & Kettlebells

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Willie elected for comp bumpers from Rogue as his primary source of plates, and I think it’s a great choice. I too went with these plates when I first started my garage gym. They’re durable, they’re sexy, and they perform extremely well.


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The rower is an immensely popular choice for home gym conditioning because it’s effective and it stores easily and compactly. The XPO trainer is a very cool piece too.


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The reverse hyper and the glute ham raise are two heralded pieces of equipment, especially in the home gym space. They take up a fair amount of space, but they’re very versatile and effective in various forms of training.


What gym is complete without some accessory pieces? As a powerlifter, Willie has the band and chain game on lockdown, along with some other nice pieces to round out his training.

Willie’s gym is a really impressive space. It includes the pieces that are important to his personal powerlifting training plus some really nice-to-have pieces that make the space stand out.

I’d love to check it out if I’m ever near his Cali-based home.

I’d like to thank Willie for sharing his journey, his home gym, and a list of his equipment with the community!

You can follow and stay in touch with Willie on Instagram @wongstronggaragegym.

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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