What should I put in my garage gym?
Apart from a chin up bar and some weights, I’d go for a punchbag and one of those wooden martial arts dummies.
To be honest, the wooden dummy is something that I’ve always wanted. Not because I do a Chinese style martial art, but because they are awesome and would scare the crap out of a burgler.Posted 4 years agohmanchesterMember
organic355: I’ve had that rack myself, it’s a fantastic value option if you want to use space efficiently and still have a solid rack.
It’s equally as good for squats as bench press which is important as the bench is the one you want to cover most in solo training. I’ve recommended it to a couple of friends who’ve been equally impressed for £130ish delivered.Posted 4 years ago
Almost there kit wise. I’ve added Gymnastic rings for pull ups off the RSJ. Had a slight cock up with the rubber matting, which is supposed to be for gyms. It’s too slippy and makes doing the Jerk quite interesting as my feet drift about. I’m hoping it either roughens up or I’ll have to glue some wet and dry to it in the right places so I can Clean and Jerk without risk of doing involuntary splits!Posted 4 years agoshootermanMember
I don’t want to hijack but could I ask a question?
I have a bench and some weights in the garage which I pootle about with. However, I am fearful of pushing myself to muscle failure on bench presses as I train on my own and don’t want the bar falling on my chest / getting stuck.
I there any piece of equipment out there that would protect me from the bar falling on me if my muscles failed?Posted 4 years ago
Those mats are 15mm thick, weigh 40kg each (6′ x 3′) and are for gyms, so I was hoping they’d protect the floor. However, obviously not….
So I spent most of this afternoon repairing the floor and building a proper Olympic weights platform:
Using a very nifty tool I found recommended on STW, I cut out the collapsed bits of 18mm Ply:
The insulation under the Ply was crushed, so I replaced the duff section with some old fence posts to re-inforce that spot:
Covered it all in foil to keep a complete vapour barrier:
So I need something more robust under the bar:
Using 3 sheets of Ply, I made a 7′ x 6′ pad, with triple layer 18mm ply on the outer 2′ each side:
I cut up the 15mm rubber sheets to cover the edges and filled the middle with scraps of 18mm ply:
I put more rubber mat in the middle section with a final cover of Ply (as it gives better grip for shoes):
So there are now 4 layers of Ply and 1 layer of matting over the Celotex, which hopefully will last a bit longer…..Posted 4 years ago
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