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    Home Gym in Process

    Although I did my weight lifting at a gym until early March, I had built a gym so my 3 boys could work out at home. They are not doing major lifting. Just about twice a week. Even the barbell and hex bar I have are only 25 pounds so they were able to start light. Now with gyms closed, I have enjoyed working out at home and will not go back to the gym. I would like to eventually upgrade my Titan rack (can do squats and bench press fine) but I would like to be able to do pull ups too and it is far too shaky. In addition, would like to add some sort of lat pull down where I can also do tricep exercises and possibly a leg press.

    Having little knowledge on home gyms I have been a bit overwhelmed looked at the options to get. I was amazed at the Rep cages as compared to what I have now and have used for so many years. However, I am not super handy so I do want something easy to manage. Many of the pieces I have now including all the machines were bought used.

    I have recently ordered a new seated calf raise and preacher curl which I ironically got for cheaper from a store than what people are selling used.

    I have kept open space in the picture as any ideas are welcome to best utilize the space and improve the gym.
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    Nice flooring.

    Bolt the rack to the floor, or get a wall stringer attachment when they’re available, and it’ll be much more stable.
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    Originally Posted by Murser View Post
    Nice flooring.

    Bolt the rack to the floor, or get a wall stringer attachment when they’re available, and it’ll be much more stable.
    Thanks yes the flooring and mirrors were professionally done. Definitely worth the cost over time. At the time it was only concrete so it was actually cheaper than tile or carpet.
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    Originally Posted by evankyle View Post
    I would like to eventually upgrade my Titan rack (can do squats and bench press fine) but I would like to be able to do pull ups too and it is far too shaky. In addition, would like to add some sort of lat pull down where I can also do tricep exercises and possibly a leg press.
    Bolting it to the floor is the best option as mentioned above, but not everyone is keen on bolting things to the floor and seeing as how your gym is still in the early development phases, I wouldn't recommend bolting anything to the floor just yet. However, if you get a couple pieces of plywood, glue and screw them to each other and then bolt the rack to that, that will add a ton of stability to the rack without drilling into the floor just yet. Yet another option is to add an extension w/ weight storage. I added that to my Rogue rack, which had a bit too much lateral sway, and the thing won't budge now.
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    Looks great, love the flooring!

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    Nice setup. If you just want to do pull ups, you could add a ceiling or wall mounted pull up bar. My rack is plenty stable but I also have a ceiling mounted pull up bar and prefer to use that instead. Then I don't have to move anything out of the rack.
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    Originally Posted by evankyle View Post
    Thanks yes the flooring and mirrors were professionally done. Definitely worth the cost over time. At the time it was only concrete so it was actually cheaper than tile or carpet.
    Good looking space, it's evident that you had the flooring and mirrors professionally installed.

    I doubt you want to bolt anything into your new flooring, especially as you intend upgrading the rack, as others have suggested you could add some bracing, that would certainly help to some degree, if it were me, I'd be taking a serious look at the Rep racks, or wait a little while, I suspect there will be a glut of commercial equipment coming to market in the next few months, inevitably many commercial gyms won't survive.

    A lat/row machine would be a good addition, again a used commercial unit would be a good option.
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    Nice set up. Can get a lot done in there enjoy your workouts
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    Love the positioning and adaption to the space! And of course the flooring!
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    Originally Posted by Corbets View Post
    Love the positioning and adaption to the space! And of course the flooring!
    I agree! The flooring is awesome and your space looks great!
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    Originally Posted by ameade84 View Post
    I agree! The flooring is awesome and your space looks great!
    Ditto.. great space and the flooring has me drooling vs my stall mats. Nice job
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    I'm looking to build a home gym in my garage. May I ask what type of flooring you used and the cost of installation?
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    Originally Posted by Heisman2 View Post
    I'm looking to build a home gym in my garage. May I ask what type of flooring you used and the cost of installation?

    The brand is Ecore. So far i cannot find the price as the floor was done nearly 3 years.
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    How do you like the ecore? Our flooring guy wanted to do ecore but I couldn't find anyone who'd every used it and a lot of folks use Regupol so we've forced him to get the Regupol.

    Great looking gym BTW.
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    Originally Posted by QDubs View Post
    How do you like the ecore? Our flooring guy wanted to do ecore but I couldn't find anyone who'd every used it and a lot of folks use Regupol so we've forced him to get the Regupol.

    Great looking gym BTW.
    The floor is fine and very nice. No issues. My kids are also able to practice basketball dribbling on it. The flooring guy I used does gym floors as a big part of his business so I took his word and he recommended Ecore. I did get 1 other estimate and it was a different brand and higher price.
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    Originally Posted by QDubs View Post
    How do you like the ecore? Our flooring guy wanted to do ecore but I couldn't find anyone who'd every used it and a lot of folks use Regupol so we've forced him to get the Regupol.

    Great looking gym BTW.
    Most important I think is getting it professionally done as the corners require experience.
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