Being fit and strong is pretty damn manly. Also manly is building stuff. Can you guess where I'm going with this?
Lately I've been wanting to build a small home gym that, with a little creativity, will provide the fullest range of exercise for the smallest cost and time/expertise in construction.
My idea is two seven-foot supports about five feet apart, with a bar (wooden or otherwise) between. This would provide for pull-ups which are a great upper body workout that can get most of your muscles. Maybe hanging sit-ups too?
Also I'd like to fix a pulley to the middle of the bar, a rope with knots and a short wooden pole at one end and weights, probably bags filled with dirt, at the other. This could be used for pull-downs etc.
That's about as clear as I can think to describe it. Thoughts, suggestions, or better ideas? Let's hear 'em!
In my old barn I had a pulley mounted to a rafter in the loft. I threaded a rope through it and had 12 milk jugs, 6 filled with sand (12lbs), 3 filled with sand and water (13-14lbs?), and 3 filled with water (8lbs), that I hoisted for lat pull downs, cable wood chop, standing crunches, leg/groin stretching. The problem was that it got to where I couldn't add anymore weight and sometimes I started feeling kind of silly especially tying a bunch of jugs to my waist and doing bear crawls. I then just started doing bodyweight or going to the rec center gym. Oh yeah you can also use the jugs as kettlebells.
This may sound corny, but I saw a pretty decent looking home gym the last time I was in Wal Mart. It was a bench press made by Gold's Gym I think. Can't go wrong with some Olympic sized barbells and some dumbbells: cost effective and versatile.
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