TRX anchor install for garage gym

TRX anchor install for garage gym

My office is starting to come together! We are in the process of improving our garage by turning it into a fully functional gym and play area for the kids. Our house is small and adding another usable room makes a huge difference.

So what’s first? Let’s anchor the TRX to the ceiling! I have used the door anchor in the past but it never gives me as much range of motion that I would prefer. After some research I found a great solution to a DIY anchor point. Of course TRX sells their own wall anchor but it costs $39.95. James from Power Multisport wrote about using an anchor system he bought from a big box hardware store. I was sold.

The surface mount anchor pictured below can be found in the pick up truck area of the hardware store, near the tie downs. The cost was $9.95. *You can also purchase it online here for a couple dollars more: Surface Mount Hardware Anchor Ring
Add two lug bolts with washers for an additional $.50 and you have a TRX ceiling anchor system for less then $10.50!

garage ceiling anchor

I have had my TRX for over 5 years and absolutely love it.The places I have used it are at home, in parks, at boot camps and in gyms. I am excited to have a more professional set up at home in my garage.
*You can purchase the TRX here if you haven’t already. Free shipping too!*
TRX Suspension Training Home Kit


After finding a stud and penciling in the spot for the screws I drilled two pilot holes. It simply helps when installing the lug bolts by hand into a stud to have a little assistance in the beginning.

drill ceiling holes

Then the workout began… I installed the anchor point to the stud in the ceiling.

ceiling anchor installed

Once installation was complete we gave it a true weight test by standing in the handles and swinging. Now it’s time to clean up so my garage doesn’t look so much like a garage in the background. 😉

trx anchor test

Next on the list is the speed bag! Apparently I may have some mad boxing skills or at least I’m going to attempt to.

By | 2017-01-10T13:38:32+00:00 February 25th, 2014|Equipment|18 Comments


  1. Phai May 29, 2015 at 9:18 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Rasmus August 25, 2015 at 9:51 am - Reply


    Can I ask if you solution still works?
    I would love to use the money for the xmount to something else, if a DIY solution like this works 🙂

    • Travel-iN Fitness September 2, 2015 at 2:20 pm - Reply

      Absolutely! I still have this installed and use it quite a bit. My daughter even shortens the straps and swings on it. Be sure it’s on a stud and you’ll be good to go.

  3. Kristen January 28, 2016 at 10:23 am - Reply

    Just wondering what you think the weight limit on this would be?? I’m thinking of installing this in my garage as well.

    • Travel-iN Fitness January 28, 2016 at 1:25 pm - Reply

      Hi Kristen. If you install it correctly and use a stud it should hold up to 3,666lbs!

  4. Tom January 29, 2016 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    What size lag bolts did you use?

    • Travel-iN Fitness January 30, 2016 at 9:03 am - Reply

      Hi Tom. I don’t know the exact size for the bolt but it was definitely the largest size that could fit through the hole. A bit of trial and error at the hardware store before purchasing.

  5. connie cunningham February 21, 2016 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    this is great- thanks! I hurt myself a few years back, and have only now gotten to the point of being able to use the TRX again and didnt feel secure with the door mount ( just me) plus I felt Id get better range of motion.

  6. DorothyKirsch December 28, 2016 at 7:54 am - Reply

    Hi Courtney!

    I just bought one of these for Xmas finally! Been using one at our office and my trainer, and thought time to get it for the family! Thanks for this article, I came upon it while researching mounting options, and low and behold, a familiar face! Can’t wait to install this weekend!


  7. Christopher June 1, 2017 at 10:21 pm - Reply


    Good article.

    It looks like a really solid install.

    Is it right that the weight capacity for this bracket is 1663 kg? I am looking at the photo but can’t see the smaller text.


  8. Anna June 9, 2017 at 10:03 am - Reply

    I can’t seem to find the studs in my ceiling. What do I do now I wonder? Just go with it and hope for the best?
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  9. Mike coots June 30, 2017 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    Hi. I’ve looking for a suitable solution for my garage. This a great idea but i only have exposed rafter beams in my garage. In your opinion would this bracket so the same job?

    • Travel-iN Fitness June 30, 2017 at 1:09 pm - Reply

      Hi Mike! I’m definitely not a construction expert but it sounds like the rafter beams would serve the same purpose as the wall studs unless they are only there for architectural purposes.

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