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Old 10-21-2008, 05:20 PM   #1
Benji Whitehead
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garage gym (hopefully)

we just bought a new house (built in 1938) that has a detached garage. i want to have a gym in the garage and get out of my current gym. not that my gym is bad, they actually let me do pretty much what i want and they have good equipment, but they don't have bumpers and sometimes people get on my nerves.

the space i have to work with is about 18' x 9.5' with an 8' ceiling. the ceiling is really just rafters but the garage is old and i'm not too sure of the strength of the construction. i want to put a pullup bar on one of the rafters but don't want to tear the whole building down when i start kipping. the rafters are spaced 2' apart and i'm going to attempt to attach pictures (the miata stays in the garage, everything on the other end of the garage is going to move to make room for the gym). does this look safe? i want to attach a 48" bar with some elbows directly to one of the rafters. i think there will be enough room for me to pull up between the rafters. if i can't get a safe and workable pullup bar there is no reason for me to go any further with this plan. i might need to add some support on the rafters to make the pullup bar safer, but i guess i'll never know until i try.

is the 8' high enough for oly lifts/ overhead squats? i'm 5'10". it seems doable to me.

the equipment i currently have is:
buddy lee jump rope
elite rings
homemade slam ball
35lb kettlebell
one 40lb dumbbell (somehow ended up in my college apartment)
pullup bar (soon to be attached)
homemade dip station from pipe, needs to be reassembled
sledgehammer


first things i plan on buying/making:
abmat
24" box
sandbags (i think i can make some sandbags and do a lot of the wods with them in place of BB)
squat stands (homemade)
bumpers and a bar (probably wright rubber bumpers and bar)

eventually i'd like to get more weights to go with the bumpers, a c2 rower, and a 1.5 and 2 pood kettlebell.

in summary, here are my questions:
do you think these rafters look safe for a pullup bar and me kipping on them?
is 8' high enough to do overhead lifts?
is there enough room for all this stuff?
should i be changing my equipment focus?
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Old 10-21-2008, 07:57 PM   #2
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Re: garage gym (hopefully)

yes 8' should be high enough. I'm 5'11" and I can stand up with bumpers overhead w/ 8' ceiling. I also have a garage of similar vintage. Try hanging from a beam first and see how it feels. I originally cut a couple notches in my beam to do pull ups. You should be fine.
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Old 10-21-2008, 09:39 PM   #3
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Re: garage gym (hopefully)

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in summary, here are my questions:
do you think these rafters look safe for a pullup bar and me kipping on them?
If you connect the pull up bar perpendicular to the rafters it should hold just fine. I did this through the length of my garage 20' and it has sapported close to 1000 kipping pounds.
is 8' high enough to do overhead lifts?
yes, I am 6 foot and my buddy is 6' 4''. No problems and I believe my rafters are within a couple of inches to 8'
is there enough room for all this stuff?
yeah, if you use your floor space wisely. You can even back the miata out and use that space if needed in particular work outs.
should i be changing my equipment focus?
looks good to me
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Old 10-22-2008, 07:39 AM   #4
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Re: garage gym (hopefully)

i'm glad to hear that 8' is working for some people. i jumped up on the rafter and held on and it didn't feel like the whole thing was going to fall in. i'll mount the bar on there and try it out. i also plan on putting an outdoor pullup bar for nicer weather, and i can always hang my rings from the HUGE oak tree in the yard. i also plan on relocating the fluorescent lights higher up in the rafters than their current location. it seems like i'll be hitting them with overhead lifts and they might be in the way in general.
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Old 10-22-2008, 08:01 AM   #5
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There is a funny video on youtube of a guy doing an overhead press right into some lights. very funny.
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Old 10-22-2008, 08:24 AM   #6
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the miata stays in the garage,
Please tell me the Miata is your wife's. I drive a generic honda accord due to gas prices and the ridiculous commute I have. But Miata? Come on.
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Old 10-22-2008, 08:40 AM   #7
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Please tell me the Miata is your wife's. I drive a generic honda accord due to gas prices and the ridiculous commute I have. But Miata? Come on.

Actually when I traveled to California 2 years ago, my girlfriend took care of the hotel and the car. She ended up getting a new Miata with steering wheel shifters. God, did I love driving that little thing. It had good pick up but not as fast as my car around the corners of Highway 1.
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Old 10-22-2008, 08:56 AM   #8
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Hey Benji ... off topic, but if you ever head up 81 and make it to Blacksburg, drop us a line. I'm hoping to start an affiliate out of our garage.
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Please tell me the Miata is your wife's. I drive a generic honda accord due to gas prices and the ridiculous commute I have. But Miata? Come on.
i can tell you've never driven a miata.

it's mine. i only drive it on the weekends or when it is a guaranteed sunny day, but it is the most fun car ever. it is more like a go-kart than a car, totally unsafe, and easy to slide around.
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Old 10-22-2008, 12:53 PM   #10
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Actually, I did drive a Miata when I used to play Gran Turismo on playstation. It was the best car you could buy when you first start a career before you have any money to buy something better. I think the first thing I did was spend some money on a turbo for that car. Then after that I had enough money to buy a real race car.
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