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    Quote Originally Posted by Grippy View Post
    Nice setup mate. What size tube are the homemade bars, they look more than the usual 28mm or whatever it is? They look like slippery suckers to hold onto without knurling.
    They are heavy bars I made after reading 'Dinosaur Training' many years ago, they are made up of a standard sized solid centre bar made from high chromium steel round bar (to suit the standard type plates) and I then got some steel tube to slide over that and got another larger tube to slide over that and weld it all up.

    The bar I use for dead lifts, military press, straight bar bell curls, bent over barbell rows measures about 43mm in diameter.

    My squat bar measures about 45mm diameter.

    My bench press bar measures about 50mm in diameter

    I have never planned it like that, it's just they were made at different times, and the materials I could source at the time dedicated the size, bench press bar was the first to be made, and its the perfect size for me.

    Squad bar was made later after I bought the power rack (about 15 years ago), and the dead lift bar was made only about 2 months ago as I was sick of unloading and moving the squat bar to do other exercises.

    Noticed today that the bar is a bit hard to hang onto when doing dead lifts, and my weights are still pretty low at the moment, but I guess thats the point, increasing grip strength.....my forearms seem to be pretty strong.





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    Quote Originally Posted by beez View Post
    Looks pretty good Mick. here's a platform that looks easy to make, might do it myself when i have space for it. Building an Olympic weightlifting platform for a home gym by Randall Strossen - IronMind

    I will find the picture (and explain a bit more) later but there is a better way to make a lifting platform
    ps it's Graham - not Graeme


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    Thanks, much appreciated, hoping to make one soon, really worried about the tiles after todays workout, I think this worry is holding me back a bit.
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    shite, awsome setup!
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    Mick - what's your monthly membership rate??
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    Haha, had a few of my friends ask me the same question, hoping in the future after I achieve my own goals to do a PT course and help others to do the same, so the set up will come in handy.

    Will be ordering some proper heavy Gym mats in the next few month to protect the tiles as well as building a proper lifting platform for dead lifts, etc...

    I used to teach Karate and Kick Boxing years ago, but want to get back into it soon teaching on a personal PT style level, have been training my kids, both of whom are doing Tae Kwon Do classes as well, as I believe its great for kids (Tae Kwon Do), they don't get hurt, learn the basics and learn stretching.
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    Looks great Mick.

    You will need more plates shortly though


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    Quote Originally Posted by The Hamburgler View Post
    I will find the picture (and explain a bit more) later but there is a better way to make a lifting platform
    that'll be good thanks. hoping to make one soon


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    bee, can you help building me a dead lifting platform also? I have no clues when it comes to building stuff with my hands.

    Sweet setup Big Mick!


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    Alrighty I can't find the picture . . . lol but I will try explain as best I can, and post some hand drawn pictures up as well.

    The methods suggested are certainly viable, however I spoke to a chippy at work and he suggested something a little different.

    Basically if you go to a timber joint or big hardware store eg Bunnings, they have that structural stuff with the yellow strap down the edges (well at least one edge). I think they're $70 each and 2400x1200mm each so 2 will make up the 'top' of the platform. Then buy a few 4x4s (I think that's what they call em - the stuff they make house frames out of), some screws and a wood saw if you don't got one already. Using the frame timber make a grid type thing to support the top of the platform. Obviously timbers around the edge, 2 running down the spine in one direction, one each side in the middle between the edge and the spine (running parallel) then cross-beam type things inbetween the spiney type bits of timbers.

    If you're using it for deadlifts only glue some carpet to the top, if for OL the horse stall rubber with the centre piece of timber is the way to go. You can probably pad the undersides with carpet in a few places as well as that will severely reduce noise.

    He reckons you could drop a tonne from 6 foot and it wouldn't break it so should be able to handle anything you can deadlift/put over head.

    Hope that makes sense!

    When I get back from my holiday at the end of next month I am looking at making a 50mm 'fat' bar using cast iron 1.25s welded on as 'collars' and a 220cm length of piping (unsure of exact metal), farmer's walk implements (using 50mm pipe, threaded rod, and nuts, + 4x1.25s) and possibly even strongman bumpers out of cast iron plates bolted together either side of an old golf buggy or car tyre. While I'm at the steel place getting the pipe I might get a price on getting welded up a deadlift jack and a top squat. If any of these happen I'll post up progress pictures as they happen.
    Last edited by The Hamburgler; 27-07-2011 at 12:08 AM.
    ps it's Graham - not Graeme


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