home gym construction

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  1. hello_world

    hello_world White Belt

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    I want to put together a contraption that will allow me to do pullups/chinups in my garage. I would appreciate information from individuals who have experience on affordable yet effective ways on building such a device.

    Of course, I am attempting to avoid buying something pre-fabricated to reduce cost. The best option might be to just 'buy it'. I can accept that, but would like to consider alternatives.

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    I almost 6' 5". So hanging from a doorway will not suffice. My knees either touch, or almost touch the ground with most home gym things I try. I find that I spend much of my energy trying to keep from touching the ground and F'ing up my flow on such objects.


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  2. Chaseg1520

    Chaseg1520 Green Belt

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    I really don't even feel like the pre-fabbed ones are overly expensive... but anyways if you have any experience with welding you can actually make a pullup stand pretty cheap... but not sure if you know how to weld or have the materials...
     
  3. ChaseT.

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    Take some threaded 1.5" pipe with some elbows and secure it to studs in the ceiling.
     
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    or some pvc pipe and drill some holes at the end tie rope to the ends and rig it to some rafters or whatever.
     
  5. hello_world

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    I'll see if my attic can support a rope and pvc pipe. You think pvc pipe is durable for 200+ lbs?

    I got some carpentry background, not welding. Should probably just build a base with two stands and lay a ****l pipe in between to hang from. I don't know.

    The home gym devices are always too short for me it seems. I know they aren't that expensive, but I prefer to allow my legs to hang rather than fight to keep them off the ground. Maybe I should consider keeping my knees off the ground an extra 'compound lift'.

    I am really trying to improve my abilities in this area. It just sucks to have my knees on the ground. I am sure most men would agree.
     
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    Standard Too dumb to learn, too stubborn to quit

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    Is your attic access from the garage? If so, you may be able to place a 2x4 or similar across the opening. There'll be joists that can support your weight easily.
     
  8. Urban

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    you could just use attach two flanges to your ceiling using some lag bolts into the rafters/trusses and screw in a steel pipe assembly with a length of 3/4" ID steel pipe with an elbow and two smaller lengths (3-6") something like this (pretend the periods don't exist

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  9. Striker22 redo

    Striker22 redo Silver Belt

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    I know you want to make one, but I just bought a chin/dip apparatus made by Flex for $15 on craigs list. Its sturdy, and light enough to be mobile. It looks like this: (not me got it off of photobucket)

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  10. Chaseg1520

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    As I was saying... you can get a pre-fabbed one for very cheap... just shop around a little unless you are dead set on making one...
     
  11. finnegan

    finnegan Mountains and Fleas

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    I used a standard barbell layed across the attic access in my garage for about a year as a pullup/ chinup bar. Works well for towel pulls/chins too at 230 lbs.
     
  12. bacon

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    If you own a home or live in someone's house that will allow it, I'd anchor a copule 12 foot 4x4's in the ground with concrete, drill a hole at the top of each and run a bar through it.

    If you sink the 4x4's 3 feet, you should have plenty of height left on the bar.

    It would look similar to this.
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  13. NE-PATRIOTS888

    NE-PATRIOTS888 Yellow Belt

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    go to a play ground. The easiest thing to do would be to just tie some rope or straps to a ceiling joist. You don't even need a bar. You could even just use a towel. This way you will work your grip strength as well.
     

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