Mar 17, 2020

Build a Garage Gym for Functional Fitness

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== Steps ==
 
== Steps ==
 
=== Choosing a Squat Rack ===
 
=== Choosing a Squat Rack ===
# Individual Squat Stands - these are sold in pairs, and are fantastic if you're looking for something inexpensive and mobile.  They aren't incredibly sturdy, but for most people (that lift less than 350#) they work just fine.  However, do make sure you check the weight limit from the manufacturer before you buy, as some of the least expensive will hold less than 200#.
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# '''Individual Squat Stands.''' These are sold in pairs, and are fantastic if you're looking for something inexpensive and mobile.  They aren't incredibly sturdy, but for most people (that lift less than 350#) they work just fine.  However, do make sure you check the weight limit from the manufacturer before you buy, as some of the least expensive will hold less than 200#.
# Connected Squat Stands - these are similar to the individual squat stands, but are one connected unit.  You do lose out on mobility, but you gain stability.  Most of these don't include pullup bars, and the ones that do will only handle strict pullups... no kipping or butterfly pullups.
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# '''Connected Squat Stands.''' These are similar to the individual squat stands, but are one connected unit.  You do lose out on mobility, but you gain stability.  Most of these don't include pullup bars, and the ones that do will only handle strict pullups... no kipping or butterfly pullups.
# Wall-Mounted Racks - these are similar what you would find in a regular functional fitness gym.  They are secured/bolted to the floor and the wall, and include a pullup bar.  This makes it the most sturdy option, and generally will also allow you to do all kinds of pullups, as well as bar muscle ups - without worrying.
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# '''Wall-Mounted Racks.''' These are similar what you would find in a regular functional fitness gym.  They are secured/bolted to the floor and the wall, and include a pullup bar.  This makes it the most sturdy option, and generally will also allow you to do all kinds of pullups, as well as bar muscle ups - without worrying.
# Folding Racks - these are designed to give you much of the same feel as a wall-mounted rack, but are engineered to be collapsable against the wall.  They also generally include a pullup bar, and have enough clearance for you to do kipping/butterfly pullups.  The big concern you'll have in a garage gym is the slope of the floor, as that could prevent the folding rack from opening/closing properly.
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# '''Folding Racks.''' These are designed to give you much of the same feel as a wall-mounted rack, but are engineered to be collapsable against the wall.  They also generally include a pullup bar, and have enough clearance for you to do kipping/butterfly pullups.  The big concern you'll have in a garage gym is the slope of the floor, as that could prevent the folding rack from opening/closing properly.
# Slim Wall-Mounted Racks - these are the space-concious versions of the wall-mounted rack with 2 main differences.  The distance from the wall is reduced (giving you more floor space in your garage gym), and the pullup bar is on a fly-away, which increases the distance from the wall so you can do kipping/butterfly pullups.
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# '''Slim Wall-Mounted Racks.''' These are the space-conscious versions of the wall-mounted rack with 2 main differences.  The distance from the wall is reduced (giving you more floor space in your garage gym), and the pullup bar is on a fly-away, which increases the distance from the wall so you can do kipping/butterfly pullups.
   
 
=== Choose a Pullup Bar ===
 
=== Choose a Pullup Bar ===
# Get a Squat Rack with a Pullup bar - if you're already looking at a squat rack, the easiest (and sometimes most economical) option is generally going to be to get a squat rack that has a pullup bar on it.
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# '''Get a Squat Rack with a Pullup Bar.''' If you're already looking at a squat rack, the easiest (and sometimes most economical) option is generally going to be to get a squat rack that has a pullup bar on it.
# Get a Standalone Pullup bar - there are wall-mounted and ceiling-mounted pullup bars out there that you can buy.  They're great for kipping/butterfly pullups when attached to the ceiling, but may not give you enough distance from the wall when wall-mounted.  For many garages, ceiling height may be a limiting factor for taller athletes.
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# '''Get a Standalone Pullup Bar.''' There are wall-mounted and ceiling-mounted pullup bars out there that you can buy.  They're great for kipping/butterfly pullups when attached to the ceiling, but may not give you enough distance from the wall when wall-mounted.  For many garages, ceiling height may be a limiting factor for taller athletes.
# Create your own pullup bar - depending on how sturdy your rafters are, you can go to your local home improvement store and have a metal pipe cut to fit between your studs.  These pipes can be custom cut and threaded to fit your desired length, but be sure to account for the flanges you'll need to screw on the ends.
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# '''Create Your Own Pullup Bar.''' Depending on how sturdy your rafters are, you can go to your local home improvement store and have a metal pipe cut to fit between your studs.  These pipes can be custom cut and threaded to fit your desired length, but be sure to account for the flanges you'll need to screw on the ends.
   
 
=== Choosing the Right Barbell ===
 
=== Choosing the Right Barbell ===
# Olympic Weightlifting Barbells - these barbells are great for the snatch and the clean & jerk, but are versatile enough to handle powerlifting movements.  These are the kinds of bars you will find most widely used in functional fitness gyms.  What's most important on these bars is the amount of spin the collars have.  And one of the newest features you can get is a Cerakote finish - which allows you to get different color barbells.
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# '''Olympic Weightlifting Barbells.''' These barbells are great for the snatch and the clean & jerk, but are versatile enough to handle powerlifting movements.  These are the kinds of bars you will find most widely used in functional fitness gyms.  What's most important on these bars is the amount of spin the collars have.  And one of the newest features you can get is a Cerakote finish - which allows you to get different color barbells.
 
#* The standard mens bar weighs 45# (or 20 kilo) and has a shaft diameter of 28mm.
 
#* The standard mens bar weighs 45# (or 20 kilo) and has a shaft diameter of 28mm.
 
#* The standard womens bar weighs 35# (or 15 kilo) and has a shaft diameter of 25mm.
 
#* The standard womens bar weighs 35# (or 15 kilo) and has a shaft diameter of 25mm.
# Powerlifting Barbells - these barbells are generally more suited for heavy powerlifting.  So if you plan on pushing (or pulling) a lot of weight (over 500#) - you may want to get a powerlifting barbell as it's designed to handle heavy loads without bending the bar.
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# '''Powerlifting Barbells.''' These barbells are generally more suited for heavy powerlifting.  So if you plan on pushing (or pulling) a lot of weight (over 500#) - you may want to get a powerlifting barbell as it's designed to handle heavy loads without bending the bar.
# Training Barbells - there are 2 different kinds of training barbells.  They're great for learning technique and can handle light weights.
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# '''Training Barbells.''' There are 2 different kinds of training barbells.  They're great for learning technique and can handle light weights.
 
#* 15# aluminum barbell, which is shorter in length and has a shaft diameter of 28mm (same as the standard mens barbell).
 
#* 15# aluminum barbell, which is shorter in length and has a shaft diameter of 28mm (same as the standard mens barbell).
 
#* 25# steel barbell, which is also shorter in length, and has a shaft diameter of 25mm (same as the standard womens barbell).
 
#* 25# steel barbell, which is also shorter in length, and has a shaft diameter of 25mm (same as the standard womens barbell).


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