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My search for a new ring and pull-up station led me to Extreme Training Equipment.

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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.

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.

My Options:



I really only have two options for the station, first to build my own or second to buy one. Regardless of which way I decide to go, I need the station to have a few features. First the bar would need to be 12’ tall, the station would need to be very sturdy and lastly it would need to be able to withstand the elements. Since we get all four seasons where we live, I don’t want it to fall apart after our first winter (It’s gonna be mounted outside).


Option # 1 was to build one, so I priced out two different designs based on some pretty crude drawings. First was a wood design, which would use traditional construction materials. The main posts would be sunk in concrete and a metal pull-up bar would be used to span the two posts. The price of the wooden concept wasn’t to bad, but pushed well into the $200 dollar range. This wasn’t my favorite option because of my concern that the wood could rot over time. The second design would use pipe and speed rail fittings. My initial estimates using 1 ¼-galvanized pipe, which runs around $37 per 15’, plus the cost of fittings and of course the concrete wound up being around $350.

 

Option # 2 was to have a station custom built. I remembered coming across a vendor at the CrossFit games that did custom equipment. They had this large, yellow, powder coated rack that blew me away, it was well built and very inexpensive compared to other comparable racks I’ve seen. I began searching through all my games promo materials to see if I’d grabbed their info, I did. Not wanting to wait, I packed up the car and headed to Los Angeles around five that night. My plan was to spend the night in L.A then visit them the next day.

 

The following morning I made a call and set up a time to stop by. I met with one of the owners Umberto (Bert), who drew up a quick design, which incorporated a 12’ high bar, and additional 8’ pull-up bar off to the side. It also included stabilizer supports with mounts for concrete and custom powder coating (which Burt says can withstand the elements for around five years before fading). The price for the custom piece was well above my home built options and ran around $780, but from looking at the quality of their other gear, is well worth the money. Wanting to see what else they sold for CrossFit, Bert gave us a quick tour, which ended with me asking if I could shoot a few photos and video for the blog. Bert obliged and here we are. Below is a short video of their warehouse and some of their gear. Please excuse my unscripted ranting, but you get the point.

 



 

I haven’t decided which way I’m gonna go yet, build or buy, because as always price is a huge concern. If I go the “BUY” route I’m definitely gonna give these guys a shot, because from what I’ve seen, no one can touch their quality and price.

 

Check them out at

www.extremetrainingequipment.com

 

See you in the hills.

 

Lance

 

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