In this edition of Home Gym Builds, meet Edward. This Professional Fireman has an awesome setup at his firehouse that helps prepare him and his coworkers save lives and fight fires in NYC
So, tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Edward Parra, I'm 35 and live in New York City. I'm a very (ok) exerciser, professional fireman, and a proud owner of a dad bod.
What sort of training do you currently do?
I follow online programming and try to get into the gym whenever I can, typically has to be before and/or after work.
I try to do as much accessory work(beach muscles) in between emergency calls as possible.
Do you have a name for your gym?
Actually, yeah. We're naming our gym the “BC Orio Palmer Memorial Gym” in honor of our chief who made the ultimate sacrifice on 9/11. He was a pillar of fitness who earned the FDNY Fitness Award at every professional rank. The FDNY Award has since been renamed the Orio Palmer Fitness Award.
That's an awesome commemoration. So, what equipment currently makes up your gym?
- 14′ Rogue Monster-Lite Rig
- Assault AirBike
- Concept 2 Rower
- Titan Fitness GHD
- 5-90 lbs. Pro-Style Dumbbells
- Stackable Plyo-Boxes
- Lat Pulldown
- Smith Machine
- Generic Bumper Plates
- DIY PegBoard
- Manila Climbing Rope
- TRX Training System
- Precor Elliptical
- Precor Treadmill
- StairMaster StepMill 7000PT
What made you want to build a gym?
The gym was actually there before I got assigned to my company. All that was there though was a single 6-station universal home gym machine.
Over the past decade, myself and the members of the firehouse have slowly made improvements. We did this in order to make fitness a priority in a job where the most important tool is our body.
Have you made any mistakes in building the gym?
What's your favorite piece of equipment in the gym?
Are there any pieces of equipment that you wish you hadn't purchased?
I purchased a few leather stitched medicine balls, thinking they would hold up.
I forgot though that we have 50 firefighters working at our station and our equipment takes a LOT of abuse. Those guys didn’t last long before the stitching popped and the guts came out.
Is there any equipment on your future purchase list?
What advice would you give to someone starting their own home gym build?