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    Been awhile, so I thought I should update things here. (Mostly as a cautionary tale. Don’t be like me! Start out right rather than kluge year after year. But hey, I am what I am.)

    I decided my back injury is recovered enough that I wanted to start doing deadlift-type work again, so I got automobile jack stands to do rack pulls.


    The bearings were shot on my old nylon pulley, so I upgraded to stainless steel with better bearings and twice the load rating.


    And I reupholstered my weight bench. After 45 years, I think it needed it. Here are the before and after pictures. From pretty embarrassing to pretty decent.


    At age 63, I've exceeded all my prior PRs. Not “over the hill” yet. :)

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    Originally Posted by HomeGymChains View Post
    Been awhile, so I thought I should update things here. (Mostly as a cautionary tale. Don’t be like me! Start out right rather than kluge year after year. But hey, I am what I am.)

    I decided my back injury is recovered enough that I wanted to start doing deadlift-type work again, so I got automobile jack stands to do rack pulls.


    The bearings were shot on my old nylon pulley, so I upgraded to stainless steel with better bearings and twice the load rating.


    And I reupholstered my weight bench. After 45 years, I think it needed it. Here are the before and after pictures. From pretty embarrassing to pretty decent.


    That’s cool. Great job on the pads
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    Originally Posted by oldred View Post
    I was so pleased with improved lighting in the basement where my heavy bags hang I decided to replace the three working lights in my weight area with LED's too.
    I was originally planning on replacing all of the light fixtures in my basement gym because the lighting was so bad. Then I came across some 150-Watt Equivalent LEDs and decided to give those a shot first. At $7/ea they were worth every penny. Plenty of light down there now.
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    Originally Posted by Duplicitous View Post
    I was originally planning on replacing all of the light fixtures in my basement gym because the lighting was so bad. Then I came across some 150-Watt Equivalent LEDs and decided to give those a shot first. At $7/ea they were worth every penny. Plenty of light down there now.
    I swapped a few for recessed cans. I came close to hitting bulbs a few times (that I noticed) when I was moving barbells back to the storage rack. I think I spent about $50. Those adjustable winged "garage" LEDs are pretty nice. I put 3 in my garage, and thought about using them for other parts of my basement. They may actually be too bring from some parts.
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    After waiting two months when it was supposed to be 4-5 weeks to ship, my Marrs Bar arrived on Friday. I knew I wasn't going to have anywhere to conveniently store it, so I now have equipment suspended from the ceiling. It actually works perfectly because I can walk under it without ducking, but I need to stand on a plyo box to get it down. Good thing I can comfortably OHP more than 65 lbs.

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    "Thought it was high time I trimmed a couple first floor joists so I could do jerks with my cleans."

    Nicely done! I actually did the same thing in my old stand alone garage with an angled (15 degree slope, not up to code) roof. It was a shade under 8' tall where I was jerking, which didn't quite give me enough room, so I just removed an entire horizontal lateral support joist at about 6.5' height (see photo; joist was identical to the joist with the saws, but further back, about where you see the white board is), and then cut away a few inches off a large 8x joist (painted white) supporting the roof. That joist was actually attached to a broken 4x4 (you can't see) a previous owner had repaired when the roof collapsed.

    I bolted the top of my power rack to it, and man was that power rack stable! It also probably served as a "support wall" for the roof haha! He also added several other 2x4s spanning the roof between the original 4x4s (not painted). What's the worst that can happen right?? haha. I tend to be lucky. Also, I planned to demolish the garage anyway, though I never ended up getting around to it.

    Anyway probably sounds worse than it is. The important thing is the roof wasn't supporting anything above it. It has been fine in the 15 years since I made the mods, and I sold the house recently, so I guess I got away with it
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    Leg section done. I mean coming along, maybe I can squeeze in a belt squat.
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    Originally Posted by EricAtl View Post
    Leg section done. I mean coming along, maybe I can squeeze in a belt squat.
    Looking good.
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    Originally Posted by Duplicitous View Post
    Looking good.
    Thank you my legs need all the help they can get. On spread.
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    Looking great, your leg section is coming along… even the padding matches…
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    Originally Posted by alexthaman View Post
    Looking great, your leg section is coming along… even the padding matches…
    Thank you. My sewing skills are improving.
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    My home gym is yet to be built, till now it includes skipping rope, dumbells and treadmill only.
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    Originally Posted by EricAtl View Post
    Leg section done. I mean coming along, maybe I can squeeze in a belt squat.
    Looks sweet. I really like belt squats, I'd do whatever I could to fit one. A shame so many go the "wide" route on them, makes them a tough piece to fit. I have one of Mech's leverage units that I fold up into the back of my rack. It's about 95% of the platform/pulley systems I've used. Very useful piece as a very functional/good carry over secondary movement that doesn't mega load you (ie doing belt squats after heavy deadlifts is very realistic whereas doing back squats...herculean effort and motivation required).
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    I’m repainting everything that was yellow to orange . Tremclad has a very tough finish with their Real Orange spray bombs .
    Just got around to doing my flat bench . The yellow it comes with is sort of a mustard colour , and probably the worst shade of yellow that I’ve seen . Kind of regret not ordering in black after it showed up .
    But the orange turned out really well imo

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    Originally Posted by MajorTendonitis View Post
    I’m repainting everything that was yellow to orange . Tremclad has a very tough finish with their Real Orange spray bombs .
    Just got around to doing my flat bench . The yellow it comes with is sort of a mustard colour , and probably the worst shade of yellow that I’ve seen . Kind of regret not ordering in black after it showed up .
    But the orange turned out really well imo

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    Originally Posted by MajorTendonitis View Post
    I’m repainting everything that was yellow to orange . Tremclad has a very tough finish with their Real Orange spray bombs .
    Just got around to doing my flat bench . The yellow it comes with is sort of a mustard colour , and probably the worst shade of yellow that I’ve seen . Kind of regret not ordering in black after it showed up .
    But the orange turned out really well imo

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    Knock knock
    Who’s there
    Orange
    Orange who
    Orange you glad my equipment matches.
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    Knock knock
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    Originally Posted by ironwill2008 View Post
    Have a home gym? New to this forum? Post your gym pics in this thread.
    Hey, Home gym is always the best and if you are planning for it you need to have some equipment. Treadmills, exercise bikes, Dumbbells, Resistance bands, Rowing machine.
    You can easily start your home gym with them. All the best.
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    Originally Posted by MajorTendonitis View Post
    I’m repainting everything that was yellow to orange . Tremclad has a very tough finish with their Real Orange spray bombs .
    Just got around to doing my flat bench . The yellow it comes with is sort of a mustard colour , and probably the worst shade of yellow that I’ve seen . Kind of regret not ordering in black after it showed up .
    But the orange turned out really well imo

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    WOW...WOW....OMG! Ive fallen in love with this set up and so jealous of you..
    Sorry if any trouble but do you mind giving me some tips please as currently I am in process of setting up my so-called very small home gym in my Garage. First thing i am looking for some tips/techniques how to move all my Barbells from current floor Barbell stand to wall mount ideas and I am really impressed with your set up using those slate walls.
    I am located in Toronto/Canada & do you know if those slate walls can be cut or customized to what I want & where exactly you buy those hardware to mount those barbells?
    And, will those slat walls hold all my 4 barbells - totally weighing atleast 75 kgs?
    Again HATS-OFF to your amazing set up....Inspiring....20210713_090654.jpg
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    Hi, I was trying to get some ideas on how to build a home gym. Is this video a good inspiration?

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    Been a while since updating with any pictures. Every year I add more stuff and this is the start of my summer adds. Not sure last time I updated, but if anyone has any questions on stuff in the background, ask.

    End of last year I started a thread about cheap plates vs good ones and finally upgraded my plates. I actually have 1,000lbs of Rogue Deep Dish plates on the way to replace a lot of the ones on the machines and I'll sell of the extra plates. The calibrated Rogues are nice in that I know I'm lifting what it says. I will say the quality was no where near what I expected. They ended up refunding ~12% of the purchase price not only because they were badly chipped up, but because the paint was really inconsistent and it looked like they repainted some or spilled the finish coat on them. After I took the refund, I had ordered another set of 10s and they came in looking so much better. Sort of regret taking the refund because the quality isn't there. I understand UPS banging them up along the way, but they doesn't explain the finish issues. But, at the end of the day, these look way nicer and love the feel of having something nice that gets used. The new Ohio Bar is a huge improvement over a 6+ yr old Cap Barbell

    The fatbells are a nice add-on and the weight just feels different. I purposely got weights where the Powerblocks take a bit longer to get to the right weight (removing the adder) to drop sets more quickly.

    Last thing I did in these is moved the rack 9" further from the cable attachment wall. I couldn't really squeeze behind to get to the storage pegs where it had been at. Moving it any further over would have impacted the cable machine.

    I've got quite a bit more either on the way or delivered. I'll upload that stuff at some point later.
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    Been a while since updating with any pictures. Every year I add more stuff and this is the start of my summer adds. Not sure last time I updated, but if anyone has any questions on stuff in the background, ask.

    End of last year I started a thread about cheap plates vs good ones and finally upgraded my plates. I actually have 1,000lbs of Rogue Deep Dish plates on the way to replace a lot of the ones on the machines and I'll sell of the extra plates. The calibrated Rogues are nice in that I know I'm lifting what it says. I will say the quality was no where near what I expected. They ended up refunding ~12% of the purchase price not only because they were badly chipped up, but because the paint was really inconsistent and it looked like they repainted some or spilled the finish coat on them. After I took the refund, I had ordered another set of 10s and they came in looking so much better. Sort of regret taking the refund because the quality isn't there. I understand UPS banging them up along the way, but they doesn't explain the finish issues. But, at the end of the day, these look way nicer and love the feel of having something nice that gets used. The new Ohio Bar is a huge improvement over a 6+ yr old Cap Barbell

    The fatbells are a nice add-on and the weight just feels different. I purposely got weights where the Powerblocks take a bit longer to get to the right weight (removing the adder) to drop sets more quickly.

    Last thing I did in these is moved the rack 9" further from the cable attachment wall. I couldn't really squeeze behind to get to the storage pegs where it had been at. Moving it any further over would have impacted the cable machine.

    I've got quite a bit more either on the way or delivered. I'll upload that stuff at some point later.







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    WOW...WOW....OMG! Ive fallen in love with this set up and so jealous of you..
    Sorry if any trouble but do you mind giving me some tips please as currently I am in process of setting up my so-called very small home gym in my Garage. First thing i am looking for some tips/techniques how to move all my Barbells from current floor Barbell stand to wall mount ideas and I am really impressed with your set up using those slate walls.
    I am located in Toronto/Canada & do you know if those slate walls can be cut or customized to what I want & where exactly you buy those hardware to mount those barbells?
    And, will those slat walls hold all my 4 barbells - totally weighing atleast 75 kgs?
    Again HATS-OFF to your amazing set up....Inspiring....Attachment 9349823
    I’m using the heavy duty StoreWall slot wall , and although it’s fairly strong, if you slipped as you placed a 45 pound bar on it , it could potentially have a blow out.
    I would use a proper gun rack for them .

    You could easily implement my gas pipe idea though , and it would handle large bars with ease.
    Here’s an earlier pic b4 I changed to StoreWall . I used 2/6 wood on all my home made racks . The checker plate one cold be designed as wide as you like to accommodate bar bells .

    https://www.homedepot.ca/product/stz...nch/1000145949




    Floor flanges are readily available , but the heat shrink I used to cover the 1” gas line is proprietary. It’s used in the cable industry, but you could come up with your own ideas .
    Originally I was going to weld those round end caps you can buy for the end of the pipe , but welding skills are not there yet.
    Here’s another pic to give you an idea . If you had an open wall ,you could add supports between the studs to support the flanges that the pipe attaches to



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    Thumbs up Budget Home Gym Equipment

    Folding Treadmill & Multifunctional Power Tower both are quite cost-effective without taking up your space!Just take your turns to do cardio & strength training!
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    Finally managed to set up my small Garage home gym. Pics attached. Any feedback, suggestions most welcome please...Minimalist set up I have at this stage.
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    Great start . I almost used that stainless steel for storage also

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    Very nice but where's the damn squat rack???
    I suspect it’s coming .Took me years to get where I’m at
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    Originally Posted by -=FLEX=- View Post
    Very nice but where's the damn squat rack???
    I only bought that Rack you see in pics from Gear Fit which allows me to do Bench press & Squat as well raising those extensions. For now, spent my money only on that Inspire Fitness FTX functional trainer, Bench, Rack, Adjustable dumbbells & those barbells in pics. Not sure if its worth spending on a Leg press machine unless you guys says yes
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    Long time lurker don't post much figured the new thread would be a good to share my set up.
    Wow.. it feels like a small gym of a town... awesome
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