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Old 10-11-2007, 06:49 AM   #1
Jeff Mouland
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Ceiling Height?

I am trying to determine if my celiing is high enough in my basement for a home gym. I'd liek to be able to do overhead presses with bumpers. Anyone know what the radius of a 45 LB bumper is?

I am assuming if i tack that onto my reach I can see what height I need, unless I am an idiot and missing something, which is entirely possible

Also how much clearance is needed above a squat rack in order to do pullups?
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Old 10-11-2007, 06:54 AM   #2
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Re: Ceiling Height?

For me the clearance for pullups isn't a big deal - I just bend my knees.

Diameter of Oly plates is (I think) 17.5", so call it a 9" radius. Be sure to figure in an extra couple of inches, in case you get some "air-time" doing thrusters or jerks with a light-ish barbell ... don't ask me how I know this.
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Old 10-11-2007, 07:28 AM   #3
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Re: Ceiling Height?

Thanks for the reply, I am planning getting a squat rack with a pullup bar as I don't have alot of room to work with. I am thinkin I only need at most 6 inches above the pullup bar for head clearance
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Old 10-11-2007, 10:56 AM   #4
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Re: Ceiling Height?

Is the ceiling drywalled? If not, remember you can position yourself so the plates go between the joists, which is good for another 9-11 inches. Your head too, for that matter, on pullups. This is what I do, works fine.
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Old 10-11-2007, 11:15 AM   #5
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Re: Ceiling Height?

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Is the ceiling drywalled? If not, remember you can position yourself so the plates go between the joists, which is good for another 9-11 inches. Your head too, for that matter, on pullups. This is what I do, works fine.
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Yup drywalled
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Old 10-11-2007, 03:48 PM   #6
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Re: Ceiling Height?

I ordered an Olympic plate tree that has a place to stick the bar--vertically, of course. Man did I feel dumb when I found out the clearance for putting in/pulling out the bar is bare millimeters. My wife was not amused. I think our ceiling is about 8 feet (typical 50-year-old house 'round these parts). I wish it were 9. At least my fine motor skills will be exercised when I gingerly inch out the bar every morning while avoiding puncturing the ceiling.
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Old 10-12-2007, 09:06 PM   #7
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Re: Ceiling Height?

I have a standard size power rack in my low ceiling basement. I think it's probably somewhere in the neighborhood of 7'6".

I can do deadhang pullups (bent legs) fine, although I could easily stick my head on the ceiling if I wanted to. I'm 6'1".

I can press 45's overhead if I'm cautious about it, but push-presses and push jerks are out of the question. If I want to go up in weight, I just end up stacking a bunch of smaller plates on.
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Old 10-12-2007, 09:11 PM   #8
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Re: Ceiling Height?

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I am thinkin I only need at most 6 inches above the pullup bar for head clearance
I thought the same thing then I came to a quick meeting of my head & the garage door.
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Old 10-13-2007, 05:18 AM   #9
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Re: Ceiling Height?

I'm 5-10 and want to workout with Bumpers so using smaller weights to decrease the radius is not an option.

My basement has 8 foot ceilings. So is this doable? I dont want to order all this gear and be screwed
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Old 10-13-2007, 04:11 PM   #10
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Don't forget to figure the thickness of a platform into the equation.
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