Howdy,
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!

Views: 463

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

I'd use iron. I'm not sure what kind of wood you're planning on using, but once you get up to serious weights, the wood won't hold out.

Go to the military surplus and buy sea bags. Fill them with sand. There are tons of sandbag workouts online, but even just cleaning the bag to your shoulder and squatting will work wonders.

Ultimately, what you build will depend on your goals. Strength? Conditioning? Flexibility?
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.
Try this link: http://www.joeskopec.com/scaffold.html

It's a Squat cage that allows you to squat, bench press, pull ups, dips. Good compound exercises over isolations.
That sure turned up a lot of good suggestions and resources, just what I was hoping for. I'm in a new town and busy with school but I'll let you all know what I end up creating.
I saw this article today and thought of this thread. He doesn't say how much weight it can handle though. Full plans for a wooden power rack.
I agree... as long as I have a power rack and a squat cage of course, I'll be fine. I will building a home gym someday when I have the money.
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.

RSS

Latest Activity

Robert M Giannamore joined Matt Cole's group
Thumbnail

Runners

For all men who enjoy the manly exercise of running.
22 minutes ago
Robert M Giannamore replied to Jonathan Bjerre Guld Jørgensen's discussion A scent that smells like Leather, tobacco, wood and welding flame?
"I favor Irish Spring bar soap, Taylor of Bond Street shaving soap and occasionally Old Spice for cologne and other times Aqua Velva for aftershave.  I am a bald guy and I have a lot of shaved surface for the Aqua.  In the winter, I use a…"
24 minutes ago
Tim replied to Stein's discussion Essential shirtless experiences growing up. in the group The Shirtless Man
"Yup..I enjoy running shirtless on warm days as well. Apart from staying comfortable, running shirtless reduces the laundry load and eliminates nipple chafing problems, which I sometimes get on longer runs when wearing a shirt. I get very sweaty…"
28 minutes ago
Sean O' replied to Jack Bauer's discussion "Don't follow your passion" -- Mike Rowe
"Just about every off-ramp on I-5 has someone holding a sign asking for money.Plus the ones in the city. Several I talked to were "breaking into music" or moved there because the welfare benefits were better than where they were originally…"
34 minutes ago
Robert M Giannamore posted a discussion

Beards

So I grew a pretty nice beard last winter, did not shave the face (did shave the neck) from September to March. It was fairly gnarly by March.  Looking for some good direction on opinions.  Style a beard yourself or pay the $5.00 and have a barber do it?  If you style it yourself, where did you learn and what do you use.  I am a bald guy, short, athletic build.  Just want to look nice with a bald head and beard, I know it can be done.  Look forward to your thoughts.  I have attached a picture…See More
38 minutes ago
George Henry Robbins III commented on Bruce Uall's group The Shirtless Man
"Always shirtless at home and stretch and flex frequently when moving around."
1 hour ago
Joshua Cawthorn replied to Joshua Cawthorn's discussion Chess Openings in the group Chess
"I use the Ruy Lopez probably more often than not because almost everyone responds with 2. e5. Then I usually bring my knight to f3 and it just sort of goes from there!"
1 hour ago
Lucius Artorius Castus replied to Jack Bauer's discussion "Don't follow your passion" -- Mike Rowe
"I think that's the biggest reason people stick with it even though they hate it. I only took issue when the idea that any functional human can do the job". I have no issue with calling it an unskilled job, just with the idea that anyone…"
1 hour ago

© 2014   Created by Brett McKay.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service