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Old 02-06-2010, 03:57 PM   #1
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My Garage Gym (so far)

I finally took some pictures of my garage gym and thought you guys might be able to give me some feedback. Before anyone says it, I know I don't have an olympic bar and bumpers yet, they are next on my list to purchase. Also, the space is only 8 feet by 12 feet, so I am pretty limited on floor space. If I am clever, I should be able to squeeze in some squat racks down the road. I have given up on the concept 2 rower for now, I just don't have the real estate. So far I have:

Kipping pull up bar (homemade)
Ellite Rings
Bulgarian training bags (homemade)
Rock Rings by Metrolious
Softball pullup grips (homemade)
Paralettes (homemade)
Kettlebells by Muscledriver (bought today)
20lb dumbells
45lb. weight vest by V-max
Ab Wheel
Jumprope
PVC training bars (homemade)
Whiteboard
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Old 02-06-2010, 04:13 PM   #2
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Re: My Garage Gym (so far)

Looks nice! What is your next addition? Bumpers ? Looks like a really good space.
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Old 02-06-2010, 04:23 PM   #3
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Yeah, I really need bumpers, an olympic bar, and a squat rack. I am pretty set on getting the rogue hi temps (it would be awesome if the colored ones came out by the time I am ready to pull the trigger), the pendlay economy bar, and the rogue squat system (looks beefy but compact). But hey, I am pretty new to this so if anyone has any better suggestions I am open.
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Old 02-06-2010, 07:40 PM   #4
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I think that sounds like really good choices. I've got the ROGUE Bumpers, and a ROGUE Bar and could not be happier with them. You cannot go wrong with their stuff. Pendlay I have not used but I always seem to hear really good things about their stuff.
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Old 02-17-2010, 04:30 AM   #5
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Hey man, do you have the plans for the pull up bar and the Rings holder?

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Old 02-17-2010, 11:23 PM   #6
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I didn't really use a diagram, I just kinda looked at what other people had done on the message board and the internet. I can draw something up and post it based on what i did if it will help you out. The main thing for the pull up station is to set the bar at least 30 inches from the wall for kipping, and for me, 24 inches from the ceiling to allow for bar muscle ups (I still have to lean over a little). With a nine foot ceiling, this put the bar about three inches out of my reach (a little low for burpee pull ups, but I hate those anyway). The length of the bar is 36 inches, which is plenty for me. As far as the ring mount, I think the closer it is to the ceiling the better, you only need enough room to clear the straps. I used 4 inch pipe, but I could have used less. For the length I used two 18 inch sections connected with a T joint. For both rigs, I used one inch galvanized pipe bolted into 2x6 lumber with flanges. The lumber was bolted into the ceiling/wall with 3 1/2 inch lag screws. I installed a crossbeam in my attic to reinforce the ceiling with both rigs, which allowed me to put in way more lag screws than i would ever need. But I go inverted on my rings, so better safe than sorry. I hope this helps, if you want me to draw something up, just let me know.
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Old 03-03-2010, 07:23 PM   #7
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I finally got my Rogue bar and Hi-Temps. Cant say enough good things about the people from Rogue. I also got some "Okie Grip" collars which are amazing. I built a bumper plate rack based on designs people have posted in the past. I made it to fit inside a metal shelf I already had in the garage (seems to work well). I also built a squat rack out of 2x6 boards and one inch galvanized pipes. It is bolted into the wall, so it is solid and only extend 15 inches from the wall. It's great for floor space and stability, not so great for portability. I think my next buys will be a 20 lb. Dynamax medicine ball. Any suggestions on how to do wall ball with only a nine foot ceiling? I would love to hear any feedback, or suggestions as to what I should get next.
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Old 03-03-2010, 09:04 PM   #8
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Re: My Garage Gym (so far)

Things were looking so good.....until that last pic.

FSU?

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Old 03-03-2010, 09:34 PM   #9
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Looks good, man.

Agreed, the Rogue guys are awesome.
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