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    Gym Diagram Review (do you think I have enough room)

    See the attached picture. Do you think I have enough space to safely move around plates and do barbell lifts? I'm most concerned about the lat machine in the corner and getting to the plates on it.
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    Originally Posted by kak39 View Post
    See the attached picture. Do you think I have enough space to safely move around plates and do barbell lifts? I'm most concerned about the lat machine in the corner and getting to the plates on it.
    Looks plenty of room to me. I used to have the side of my Powertec lat right up against a wall, made getting 20kg plates on that side a bit of a pain but was manageable.
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    how much room do you need on either side of a 7' Olympic bar to add on 45s?
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    Originally Posted by kak39 View Post
    how much room do you need on either side of a 7' Olympic bar to add on 45s?
    At least one foot either side.
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    Originally Posted by captainmorgan0 View Post
    At least one foot either side.
    just measured on the diagram and half exactly a foot on each side of the bar. I might have to see how much space that lat pull-down really takes up and might move it closer to the wall if needed.
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    Do you already have plates? If not, I would suggest grip plates. That will make it easier to load plates with limited space.
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    Originally Posted by dumb.bell View Post
    Do you already have plates? If not, I would suggest grip plates. That will make it easier to load plates with limited space.
    no plates yet. Any recommendations for grip plates? Was originally going to buy a 300lb barbell set form york barbell. they are only 2 hours from my house
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    Since you're already looking at York, take a look at their Iso Grip series.
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    I'm assuming that is a curl stand in the front right of the room. Is that all it is? You might consider a 6ft Invako curl bar that will fit in your rack. It is a great bar for close grip bench, curls, and skull crusher with saftey spotters set so that you don't hit yourself in the head.

    Where are you going to put your weight tree. York has a cool looking "spider rack" for olympic plates, but it does look like it will take up some space.
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    Originally Posted by dumb.bell View Post
    I'm assuming that is a curl stand in the front right of the room. Is that all it is? You might consider a 6ft Invako curl bar that will fit in your rack. It is a great bar for close grip bench, curls, and skull crusher with saftey spotters set so that you don't hit yourself in the head.

    Where are you going to put your weight tree. York has a cool looking "spider rack" for olympic plates, but it does look like it will take up some space.
    Ha, not that's not a curl stand. It's this...

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    Your area is similar to mine from the wall to air duct perspective. I have my power rack like yours, with 17 inches between end of bar and the wall. I find that comfortable for loading plates. It feels like I'd not want to move closer to the wall by more than a couple of inches, but I haven't tried it.

    I have an air duct running just like yours, and it is 6' 8" high. I consider that the edge of my workout area, although for deadlifts etc. I go outside a bit. My duct is a little further out than yours, however with my lat tower factored in, from back of power rack to duct is 5'8" in my case, and I have room for standing military presses outside the rack without hitting the duct. I'm not using 45s though ... and I do come real close to hitting the duct.

    However, if I find I need a little more space for standing press or other exercises, I'm going to move my chinup bars to the inside of my Powertec rack. Long winded way to say that your space in front of the rack is 3 inches shorter than mine, but I think you'd be OK and you could always move the chinup bars to the inside (if your rack is a powertec like mine).

    Hopefully your lat tower could move a little closer to the wall in your case if you find loading plates tight.

    Will be interested to hear how it works out. Do you have all the equipment yet?
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    Only treadmill and ironmaster bench/dbs setup. The powertec cage is on it's way and I'm making a trip to York, pa for plates. Then I'll see how much room I have for the lat machine. I might mount the powertec pull up bars upside-down. Saw someone on anothe forum do something similar
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    Originally Posted by dumb.bell View Post
    I'm assuming that is a curl stand in the front right of the room. Is that all it is? You might consider a 6ft Invako curl bar that will fit in your rack. It is a great bar for close grip bench, curls, and skull crusher with saftey spotters set so that you don't hit yourself in the head.

    Where are you going to put your weight tree. York has a cool looking "spider rack" for olympic plates, but it does look like it will take up some space.
    I agree- picked up this Ivanko bar a few weeks back- should have bought it a long time ago-works perfectly in the rack for everything
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    Originally Posted by grumpytude View Post
    I agree- picked up this Ivanko bar a few weeks back- should have bought it a long time ago-works perfectly in the rack for everything
    it fits in a powertec cage? was thinking about getting a 6' over a 7' to save on space in the gym. Can I do deads/squats/presses with it in the cage?
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    Originally Posted by kak39 View Post
    it fits in a powertec cage? was thinking about getting a 6' over a 7' to save on space in the gym. Can I do deads/squats/presses with it in the cage?
    He was talking about a 6 foot curl bar here. But yes you could also get a 6 foot straight bar to save space. It would fit in your cage. You can do any type of lift with it. It wouldn't be a competition caliber bar but it would be adequate for any beginning or intermediate lifter.
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    Originally Posted by forthays View Post
    He was talking about a 6 foot curl bar here. But yes you could also get a 6 foot straight bar to save space. It would fit in your cage. You can do any type of lift with it. It wouldn't be a competition caliber bar but it would be adequate for any beginning or intermediate lifter.
    I think for curl bar I'm going with the Ivanko EZ-Curl, it will fit better on the tds rack space I have (4' 1 inch)

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    The 6 foot Ivanko curl bar is more versitile than the regular curl bar (but you would want to use it in the cage rather than a curling station due to its length - yes it will fit in a powertec rack). Regarding straight 6 foot olympic bars - all of them won't fit in the rack, if you buy one make sure the distance between the collars is sufficient.
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