Dan Gable’s Home Gym

Few athletes have ever been as dominant as the legendary Dan Gable. He wasn’t just a successful wrestler though. Gable’s dominance carried over to a successful coaching career. While at the University of Iowa, his wrestlers earned 15 NCAA team titles. If there was ever an athlete and coach to study, Dan Gable has to be at the top of the list.

If you haven’t studied his past before, the documentary below is a good starting point:

Dan Gable – Dominant Athlete and Coach

As for how Gable trained, many are surprised at the simplicity of his approach. There was no fancy periodization or state of the art facility. The only secret to Gable’s approach was working his ass off day in and day out. He trained with an intensity that would cause most men to break. His success was not derived from a particular program or piece of equipment. Instead, it came from dedication and desire. He outworked everyone. It was his passion and obsession.

As for where he channeled this passion, you can see his home gym below. So much can be learned by simply witnessing where Dan Gable trained as a youngster. Many will likely be surprised at the crude surroundings. His success goes against so much of what is marketed in today’s fitness industry. Gable’s gym was as low-tech as they come. No fancy equipment or programs, just old fashioned hard work.

Dan Gable was going to bust his ass no matter where he trained. And obviously where he trained didn’t matter. That alone is a lesson worth its weight in gold.


“Every time I worked, I was getting a little better. I kept moving that limit back and back. Every time I walked out of the gym, I was a little better than when I walked in.” – Dan Gable


  1. If there’s one message I’m reminded of when I visit the site, it’s do your work. Does it matter if today is pull-ups and pushups or fancy machines? Not if you do your work.

  2. Dan Gable might have been one of the fittest athletes to ever compete in any sport, indeed wrestlers are in my opinion some of the fittest athletes. It is a damn shame I hear the Olympics are looking to drop wrestling, unbelievable. I heard while Gable was at college he would often sprint to his classes, and would sometimes while watching a movie with his friends walk out of the theater, and go train instead. The guy was a machine, and certainly one of the top Olympic wrestlers of all time and one of the top Olympic athletes of all time.

  3. Having done this myself for over a year.I have used nothing special and have made the most gains of my life at the age of 43. Just shut up stop looking for a miracle and do the work.Persistance over time equals amazing results!

  4. I am Dan’s age and I was an assistant coach at my high school, from 67 to 72 and when Dan was a senior my coach said: ”why don’t you go to Maryland this weekend and see this Danny Gable, wrestle against Maryland, and report back to me”. So I went and watch his 2d period pin of Maryland’s Captain and then he started running and doing pushups within 5 minutes. I have been following him, and Iowa every since. Last fall I had the pleasure to sit with Coach Brands and the Iowa team when they visited Maryland. I had contacted Tom earlier and said I would be in all my Iowa gear to visit with him. My son and I went into the wrestling room and all of his staff came over say hello to me and my son. During the match I Tom sent Brandon Sorensen to come speak with me, quite a young man. I taught my high school wrestlers a lot that I had learned my Iowa wrestling. We won a lot of tournaments in Maryland had many, many champions.

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