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Old 12-29-2008, 04:07 PM   #1
Jacopo Scazzosi
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Newbie Crossfitter - Sharing my home gym

Hey everyone. My name's Jacopo, I'm 20 and I live in Italy, 20km far from Milan.
This is my first post (yay!). I'm a Crossfit "Buttercups", meaning I just started Crossfitting and I'm taking my time doing brandx scaled workouts. I'm an active person (running, cycling, kayaking, hockey, gymnastic.. there's always something in my week) and Crossfit is just.. the perfect (daily!) addition to my fitness life. And you guys are so awesome. This is such an awesome community.

As a first post, I thought I might share my experience in building the basic home gym. First thing I have built is the ring frame (picture attached). It took me one day of design and 4 days of work. It's built to last and to support a much greater load than my 60kgs on rings (-> a swing for my little cousins). It's made out of 9x9s (cms) and 9x4.5s. I had to buy the 9x9s, spent 100 on them, but that's everything I spent (still, I work part time so it's a pretty high cash for a DIY project for me). It's 3.4 mts tall, 4 mts wide, 2.5 mts long. I'd be more than happy to send the project specs to anyone asking for them. I did everything: cuts, wholes... everything. I used 10 mms and 12 mms screws. Tomorrow I'll complete the squat rack and I'll post that too. I spent countless ours on this forum and google looking for ideas and examples. There are many things that could be perfectioned and things I realized I could have done in a different way, but this is the first ring/swing frame I have ever built so I'm totally happy with this. Still, I'm going to upgrade my plans every time I realize things could have been done in a different, better way. Who knows, maybe I'll build another in the future.

EDIT: don't mind the ropes, I used them to put it together but forgot to remove them before taking the pic.

Please forgive me my english, I'm trying to get it back in shape.
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Old 12-30-2008, 09:35 AM   #2
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Re: Newbie Crossfitter - Sharing my home gym

Got it! The squat rack is now complete. Here it is, my very basic homemade garden gym. I spent ~ 30€ for the rack. Again, I'd be more than happy to share plans and designs.
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Old 12-30-2008, 09:38 AM   #3
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Re: Newbie Crossfitter - Sharing my home gym

Very cool!
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Old 12-30-2008, 10:40 AM   #4
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Re: Newbie Crossfitter - Sharing my home gym

Very nice, I've been thinking of something similar but combinig into one. I'm thinking of a wood station tlike the one you have but less wide so that it can serve as the squat rack also...
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Old 12-30-2008, 10:48 AM   #5
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Re: Newbie Crossfitter - Sharing my home gym

Very nice A-frame for the rings.

I've been dreaming of making one for my backyard for a long time. I wanted to make it about 4.5 to 5.5
meters for use as a decent rope climb.

You should look into something
like the Again Faster portable pull up bar:http://www.againfaster.com/again-faster-bar/(WORK/ FAMILY SAFE)for that frame as well.
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Old 12-30-2008, 11:10 AM   #6
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Re: Newbie Crossfitter - Sharing my home gym

If I might suggest:
Mine is 3.4mts tall and 4mts wide because it has to work as a swing frame too, so i needed the width for stability. If you're only planning to use rings on that you can fire it up to 4.5 x 4 easily without compromising anything. Just use 1mt long angular supports.

EDIT: I did some thinking, 1.5mts long angular supports should do better.
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Old 12-30-2008, 02:33 PM   #7
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Re: Newbie Crossfitter - Sharing my home gym


Hi Jacopo, good to see another Italian guy on the board, we are really scarce here !!
And good to see you're doing a great job with homemade stuff, how you handle with our cold winter , do you have any garage gym?

PS: feel free to contact me thru PM if you wish, it would be much easiear to talk in italian
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Old 12-30-2008, 04:21 PM   #8
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I really don't mind the cold. I just warm up a little longer. Also, I'm quite used to staying outdoor. I built everything working outdoor. As soon as you get moving, the cold disappears. Most of the times, even if there's -2 C, I don't even have to wear a winter jacket. A high-duty sweater over a t-shirt is more than enough. Of course, when you cease activity, you gotta cover up more. To build all this, I worked outside generally from 10am to 5pm and never had to wear a jacket. I always workout/run/skate/cycle/whatever outside. I just like it.
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Old 12-31-2008, 08:44 AM   #9
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Re: Newbie Crossfitter - Sharing my home gym

Good stuff. Very crafty.
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Old 01-03-2009, 02:58 PM   #10
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There are some really good ideas in that squat rack. Some aspects of the design are worrying though:

The members are very thin and I'm not sure they'll support the weight. Have you done any testing with a heavy barbell? Better to have it fail when testing rather than when using

See the mod I suggest in the pic I linked to. Since the joints (where members attach) aren't stiff, you need them to form triangles, otherwise you won't have a stable structure.
http://picasaweb.google.ca/lh/photo/...eat=directlink

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