I am building a shed gym for my girlfriend and myself to use. both of us want to start working out at home.
We want to do lifting programs (with an interest in getting into powerlifting) that require us to bench, squat, deadlift and press. The problem is with this is we are going to have the rack in the middle of the shed or take our chances having it face the middle at the side which is just over 7 foot which means a 7 foot barbell will have half a foot either side of the bar before it touches the wall.
Could someone use a 6 or 5 foot bar to do the main lifts or is 7 much better? And has anyone trained in very small spaces? Is half a foot either side of the bar enough safe to squat in?
If not I am going to have to have it in the middle which is slightly lower height wise because of a beam.