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I was up early this morning and was thinking about building an outdoor pull-up/ring station and began a search on google. After about an hour I had compiled this list of instructions and videos to help in my quest. The links below range from good to ridiculous and everywhere in between (Some are just plain dangerous). I have not tried any of the designs and recommend you use your head before using any of them. After reviewing the list, my best suggestion is that if you suck at building stuff or your unsure about those abilities at all, you might want to buy a bar from a company. 

If and when I decide to build my own, I’m gonna make sure it’s very sturdy, uses a lot of metal and more than likely uses welds to hold the thing together (I’m not a welder, I’ll have to hire someone). I might even try the stuff made by speed rail, but haven’t decided yet.

Anyway if you’re Mr. Build it, some of these links might help, while others will make you laugh and wonder how long it was until someone ended up in the hospital.

If you don't want to build a pull up bar, check out this great option. This is sold on amazon from CFF and gets great reviews. It sells for $109. I have a similar one, and can say that these work great. I like this model better than the ceiling mount types, because of the limited height between the bar and ceiling. With the wall mount types, you also get enough space away from the wall to do kips, plus the ability to do bar muscle ups if you get there in the future.
 

Here is a book on pull-ups if you are new to them.

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Year two of my CrossFit Garage Gym Christmas buyers guide is here. Not much has changed over the last year except that I found a bunch of links on Amazon that sell the same stuff I use everyday and at lower prices than when I bought my gear. Plus I added photos as well so you have an idea of what you'll be buying. If you're unsure as to what to buy that elite athlete in your life here is a pretty good start. Oh and if you don't have anyone to buy for I am always open to free gifts from strangers. 

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Well I’ve been at my official training for next years “CrossFit Games Open” for a week now and I’m hurting already. Mayra, true to form spent countless hours devising a workout schedule, which targets my weaknesses (everything). But the two obvious standouts are running and muscle-ups. Tackling the running is easy, I need to do a lot more of it. As for the muscle-ups, I just don’t have a place to mount the rings in the house; my ceilings just aren’t high enough. Currently I do ring dips and ring push-ups in a doorway where my pull-up bar is mounted, but because of the lack of height, there is no way to even attempt a muscle up.




So the search began for the best solution to my dilemma.

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Well I finally got some squat rack stands! 

On Christmas I got one more piece to my ever-growing garage gym. When I woke up Christmas there was a box sitting next to the fireplace that was not there the previous night, man was I excited.

At Mayra’s request I had given her my Christmas wish list in November and squat stands were on that list. I also went one step further and found specific items that I wanted and where the best deals were. I did a little research online and found these racks on Ebay. They are made by Valor athletics and had decent reviews. The reviews said they were sturdy, plus they could double as a bench press (No bench included) plus they had a small weight tree for stacking weight. Anyway, I didn’t want her spending a bunch of money on racks and they looked like a great deal. Since they were listed at about $170 bucks they were well within the Christmas budget we had given each other for presents.

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When I first started buying equipment for my garage gym I knew I needed a pull-up bar. The problem was that all my money was destined for other key pieces of equipment. I thought that maybe I could find a cheap temporary bar until I had the money for a more permanent solution. When I began shopping around, I found a bunch of bars, but they were either to expensive or looked flimsy. I needed a bar that was sturdy enough to support my weight, especially if I was gonna be swinging on the bar. I imagined the lag bolts ripping out of the wall and me ending up in a heap on the floor. Plus I wanted a bar that I could attach my Rogue rings to, so I could do exercises, like dips.


I had almost given up and was thinking about how I would raise even more money to buy a nice bar when I had a conversation with my brother, the builder extraordinaire. He came up with a solution that was both simple and effective. He advised the use of a vertical door frame as a support. He said that the frame could hold a bunch of weight, would allow me to do pull-ups and allow the use of rings as well. The basic idea was to drill two holes into the door frame, one on either side of the door. The holes would be used to support the bar and the placement of the bar inside the frame would allow me free movement when doing exercises. Doug cut an old weight lifting bar to the right length and I was in business. When I got home, I drilled two holes to the proper diameter, with one being deeper than the other, to allow for placement of the bar into the other hole. It took less than 15 minutes and I was done.

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