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Home fitness center questions
Home fitness center questions
home fitness workout space
11/15/12 6:25 PM
Finally getting back to the X!

I am building a dedicated workout space in a part of my basement. Have most of what I need, but two questions I would welcome BB member or staff advice

a) Pull-up bar. I would like to put in a pull up bar from the 9 ft ceiling I have. Can someone direct me to a place where I might be able to get a pull-up bar similar to the ones that Tony and crew use in the main X gym, or like the one I have seen in his 1:1 gym. Needs to be able to tie to the open ceiling joists and I would like to make fairly wide. If not a complete system, I can build the "down pieces", but still need a good bar.

b) Floor - something to cover the concrete. Would like to have at least a bit of give for the plyo action, etc. Some had recomended a synthetic covered cork for this. Would this be good, or are their any others suggestions. Need something I can feel comfortable on from plyo through lifting to yoga.

Need to act on this in next two weeks to stay ahead of the construction crew.

thanks in advance
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RE: Home fitness center questions
11/20/12 6:25 PM as a reply to David0101.
no suggestions? Somebody out there had to build a home setup they like emoticon
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RE: Home fitness center questions
11/20/12 8:36 PM as a reply to David0101.
I went to Sam's club, but I've seen them at any good sporing goods store and even K-mart...They are interlocking square blocks made of firm foam about 1/4 inch thick an in th neighborhood of 2'X 2' I bought a couple packs of them, I think they were about $23 each. I made an area about 8'X 8'. It has been great for doing plyo, did Insanity for 6 months on it and never had an issue from impact.
As far as the pull-up bar, I did the same you are trying to do, but I bought the bar on the beachbody site, which is really good because you will eventually do many variations of pull-ups. I made a wooden brace coming down out of two rafters and then going back in an L shape, butting up against the inside of one of my I beams then screwed the pull up bar into the brace I made.

Hope this helpsemoticon
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RE: Home fitness center questions
11/20/12 8:39 PM as a reply to SpineDr1.
Oh, by the way, On those mats...it is a sturdy enough suface where I can do my lifting and balance work in P90X2 so you shouldn't encounter any problems, I do everything on it.
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RE: Home fitness center questions
11/23/12 6:59 PM as a reply to SpineDr1.
I agree with the interlocking floor- can get at any sporting store.
I would YouTube setting up the pull up bar and this can really help! I have a pull up station at got at walmart,

Cheers!
Christina
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RE: Home fitness center questions
12/22/12 7:23 PM as a reply to CoachCBove.
Thanks for all the info.

Via YouTube, was able to see a number of pull-up bar setups, and am installing some basic 1"
pipe systems via ceiling mount flanges. The advantage here is that I can change the setup at any point in the future by just changing the pipes/connectors.

The sports flooring is a great idea. Ended up with a basic laminate in the room, and will put a workout space of these interlocked mats. Should keep the floor from getting damaged over time, and will provide some bounce for my "old joints", especially during plyo.

Looking for mats that have the resiliance, but are not too "grippy". Have had issues in the past with not being able to twist on my toes wearing cross-trainers (like during Kempo). If someone has a specific brand they have used, would be interested.

Workout space now T-21 days. Can't wait. Only thing I have not figured out is website access (from that room) to BB.com for logging workouts!
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RE: Home fitness center questions
12/30/12 12:35 PM as a reply to David0101.
David0101:
Thanks for all the info.

Via YouTube, was able to see a number of pull-up bar setups, and am installing some basic 1"
pipe systems via ceiling mount flanges. The advantage here is that I can change the setup at any point in the future by just changing the pipes/connectors.

The sports flooring is a great idea. Ended up with a basic laminate in the room, and will put a workout space of these interlocked mats. Should keep the floor from getting damaged over time, and will provide some bounce for my "old joints", especially during plyo.

Looking for mats that have the resiliance, but are not too "grippy". Have had issues in the past with not being able to twist on my toes wearing cross-trainers (like during Kempo). If someone has a specific brand they have used, would be interested.

Workout space now T-21 days. Can't wait. Only thing I have not figured out is website access (from that room) to BB.com for logging workouts!


Cool!!
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RE: Home fitness center questions
12/30/12 1:05 PM as a reply to David0101.
David0101:
Thanks for all the info.

Via YouTube, was able to see a number of pull-up bar setups, and am installing some basic 1"
pipe systems via ceiling mount flanges. The advantage here is that I can change the setup at any point in the future by just changing the pipes/connectors.

The sports flooring is a great idea. Ended up with a basic laminate in the room, and will put a workout space of these interlocked mats. Should keep the floor from getting damaged over time, and will provide some bounce for my "old joints", especially during plyo.

Looking for mats that have the resiliance, but are not too "grippy". Have had issues in the past with not being able to twist on my toes wearing cross-trainers (like during Kempo). If someone has a specific brand they have used, would be interested.

Workout space now T-21 days. Can't wait. Only thing I have not figured out is website access (from that room) to BB.com for logging workouts!


I would be careful with a ceiling mount pull up bar setup. If the screws or something else should fail the bar could come down on your head and cause injury. Is this going into an unfinished basement space? If so I have some suggestions for how to do it more safely.

My opinion on the interlocking foam mats is that they are a little too spongy for stability and balance. Also a little too grippy for my taste, I worry about a foot getting stuck and causing injury to a knee. You may have to look to see if you can find an interlocking cork product that will still give you some cushion but not be too spongy or grippy.

Coach Geoff
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