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Old 04-10-2011, 04:12 PM   #1
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Outdoor Power Racks?

Anybody keep a power rack outside? If so, did you do anything special to it or buy it from a certain vendor?

After seeing Dave Castro's outdoor rack/pullup system from the CF Journal, I wondered if it would hold up to the inclement weather here in the midwest? My biggest concern being rain and snow.

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Old 04-10-2011, 07:39 PM   #2
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Re: Outdoor Power Racks?

it doesn't that the power racks would be an issue....but what about the bar and weights?
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Old 04-10-2011, 09:23 PM   #3
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Re: Outdoor Power Racks?

Well, I'm not worried about the bars and plates. I can easily store them in the corner of my garage.

I can't store a power rack in my garage, but if I could have one outside, that would rock.
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Old 04-10-2011, 10:11 PM   #4
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Re: Outdoor Power Racks?

Pull-up posts survive just fine with treated wood. If you can sink them in concrete you've got a solid rack with a 4-post box spaced properly with some J-cups and chain safeties bridging the gap on the sides. If it's not anchored it's probably not worth the effort for a full wood rack that's standalone and stable, but it's possible. Better off with 4x4s in a bucket of concrete IMHO.

If you're talking metal racks, fixed multiple level pin racks might hold up, but otherwise probably not.
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Old 04-11-2011, 06:10 AM   #5
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Re: Outdoor Power Racks?

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If you're talking metal racks, fixed multiple level pin racks might hold up, but otherwise probably not.
What do you mean by fixed multiple pin racks? Do you mean a typical power rack?

I've debated putting in some type of wood rack, but if I could buy a Rogue S2 or S3 and leave it outside, it sure would be easy.

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Old 04-11-2011, 06:24 AM   #6
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Re: Outdoor Power Racks?

Watch the super long garage gym series with Dave Castro on the journal. De has a rack setup from rogue that he leaves outside.
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Old 04-11-2011, 07:02 AM   #7
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Re: Outdoor Power Racks?

If you do put it outdoors, there a couple of things you might want to consider:
-Cap the tops of the uprights, keep the rain/snow out.
-Coat the INSIDE of the tubing with a rust preventer/ WD40 or something. Going to be a rather messy proccess, but you could duct tape the holes shut, pour some rust preventer in the top and slosh it around.
-Drill drain holes at the lowest point to drain anything that gets in.

I seriously doubt it'll rust enough to structurally weaken the steel, but you never know. Might as well be safe.
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Old 04-11-2011, 07:34 AM   #8
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Re: Outdoor Power Racks?

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Watch the super long garage gym series with Dave Castro on the journal. De has a rack setup from rogue that he leaves outside.
I aspire to have a backyard that I throw down a concrete pad and toss up a rack like that. I wonder if Bill has to custom-build a "games" rig like that.
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Old 04-11-2011, 09:37 AM   #9
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Re: Outdoor Power Racks?

even if he did I don't see why one of their other infinity rigs wouldn't work. I would assume it's all made from the same material. That upright to hang the climbing rope from was nice though.
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Re: Outdoor Power Racks?

Here is the skinny:

1) Dave's rig is just standard pieces and parts. Lives in Cali so the steel stays nice. The idea to coat the inside is a good one

2) We can galvanize the parts but they will not be black and it costs more

3) The chances of rust making the uprights or any other part actually fatigue structurally is very slim. Mostly a cosmetic issue
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