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Old 05-01-2010, 06:46 PM   #1
Rick Sieminski
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Need advice on backyard gym equipment.

I'm thinking:
Pull-up bar ~9' (will that be tall enough? How wide? Diameter pipe?)
I have a set of rings that I have not mounted yet. How high? How much room is needed overhead?
Parallel Bars (how: high? far apart? long? far off the ground? Diameter pipe?)
Wall Ball (how high?)
15+ft 1.5"dia rope climb
I have a extra hd extension ladder that I thought I could use as an angled ladder climb, or something?

What else can be constructed outside?
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Old 05-02-2010, 09:23 AM   #2
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Re: Need advice on backyard gym equipment.

Nine feet from the ground is plenty of room for pull-ups. If anything, you will need a block to stand on to reach the bar depending on your height. I would probably lower it to eight feet so you don't have to leap to grab the bar. As for width, I used one inch pipe for my pull-up bar and it is super solid. If your hands are smaller, you may want to go with 3/4 inch pipe, which is also very sturdy. As for width, I went with 36 inches, but most people with no restrictions on space go with 48 inches, which is plenty for one person doing pull-ups.
As for rings, you will need 12-15 feet, depending on your height, if you want to do muscle ups. I would suggest two bars set at different heights for rings and pull-ups. Perhaps a setup similar to this would work: (w/f/s) (This is not mine, just one I saw online and thought was awesome) This would allow for your 15 foot rope climb as well.
As for wall ball, 10 feet is pretty much standard.
Another idea for an addition would be to use the setup in the picture, but add hooks in the uprights for squats and bench press. Then you've pretty much got an entire gym outside, just keep the bar/bench/bumpers in the garage.
Hope that helps
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Old 05-03-2010, 10:44 PM   #3
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Re: Need advice on backyard gym equipment.

I don't have large hands, but find that the 3/4 pipe is murder on them. 1" for the win
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Old 05-04-2010, 04:05 PM   #4
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Re: Need advice on backyard gym equipment.

You could build a pullup bar station like I did.
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