Welcome to GarageGymBuilder.com!
My name is Jim Roose, a former competitive power lifter and gym owner. I recently sold my companies off and founded GarageGymBuilder in February 2014 with 3 goals in mind:
- To simplify the information out there that is currently available for aspiring home gym owners.
- To provide a workout and fitness information resource for those that already own a personal home gym
- To spread awareness of all the benefits of leaving scammy, unethical corporate gyms
Who is Jim Roose?
Fitness has been a huge part of my life for the greater part of the last 50 years. I’ve trained with, and trained Olympic level athletes and have lived a privileged life that I am grateful for every single day. Growing up in Portland, Oregon in the 1960’s I first grew an affinity for working out and competition on my high school track and field team. I was a 400 meter runner, and one of the top in the state of Oregon at the time.
When college came around I competed at a collegiate level and did fairly decently, however, unfortunately never won any particularly impressive awards. It was around this time I had first gotten into weightlifting.
The sport of weightlifting back then was still in its infancy and there was very little information out there on how to do it correctly. On top of that, the information that was out there was not particularly easy to get a hold of.
For me, it was all testing. Testing different routines, rep schemes, etc to figure out what worked for me.
As weightlifting got more popular and icons like Arnold Schwarzenegger showed what could really be done, more and more literature came out about how to properly lift. I studied the literature and became a coach to some of the worlds top athletes at the time, eventually moving to California and opening up my own gym there.
Eventually, I opened another gym, and another, and before I knew it I owned around 35 gyms on the west coast of the United States.
It goes without saying that I got pretty good at building gyms, and figuring out how to affordably build these gyms, with the best equipment available became second nature.
After over 20 years of operating these gyms, I decided to retire and eventually sold off my company with all of my gyms to a multi national corporate company that you have definitely heard of, however because of the non disclosure and non compete agreement I signed I can not tell you which one.
Now a days my hobbies are essentially traveling and blogging, and trying to save the world from all the various scams out there. I personally write all the content on my site and with over 50 years in the fitness industry I can proudly say you can trust my research.
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GarageGymBuilder.com is updated weekly. I try and write 1-2 posts per week. One product review and one fitness guide. I've worked with basically every fitness equipment company, and every product out there. My reviews of products are reviews that you can trust.