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Seeking Wall-Mounted Squat Rack


#1


I'm trying to set up a gym in my garage, but it isn't a big garage (hey, I'm lucky to have a garage in Oxford at all). I did figure that I could make room for a "half cage" like the one in the photo, but when I measure up, there's no way I can fit both the car and that rack in the garage together.

But then it strikes me that I have a good solid wall. Surely someone must make a frame I can mount on the wall, and avoid using all that floor space. Kind-of just the uprights (with suitable mounting brackets) from the rack in the picture. But I can't find such a thing.

This isn't a money-saving venture: I've seen enough posts here about people building their own racks to save money. If I ever have to drop that squat bar, I want to be confident it's not going to crush me... I don't want to lash together some nonsense of my own, I just want to buy a kit I can bolt to the wall.


#2

couldn't you just buy some type of fabricated metal arms and drill them into the wall? not sure about the structural issues but that would seem to be the simplest solution.


#3

Yea; I guess. And I may have to. But I like the adjustability of the rack, the way you can un-mount the catchers when not in use, and the fact that someone else has worked out the tolerances necessary to catch my falling olympic bar.


#4

Dude , be careful with this . I'm no home-builder or engineer , but the only way I see attaching something like this to a wood-framed/studded wall is with lag bolts into the studs . there aint a chance in hell I would trust a set-up like that .

can you say Wheelchair ?


#5

Have you got 80 cm?

http://www.libertygames.co.uk/store/fitness_and_excercise/training_accessories/sr50_squat_rack/

Weight limit 160 kg, and you don't have to bolt anything to the wall.

-Sab


#6

Get your self a pair of olympic stands to hold the barbell and mount 2 very very very powerfull hooks to your roof, go out and buy alot of chain and just make a large loop and hang it off the hook.


#7

Oh, I forgot you guys over there have houses made of paper. Maybe that's why I can't find this kind of thing anywhere. My garage is made of brick and cement; it even has a double-thickness brick butress half way along. It's pretty solid.


#8

Thanks ... that could just work for my garage. I could even throw the chains over the roof beams and forget the hooks...


#9

If by paper you mean wood, then yes. Brick is made for compressive loading. Enough side load will still blow out a brick wall.

Why don't you just turn the rack around when not in use. It looks much shallower in the front.


#10

The olympic stands thing looks good with the chains. As another alternative I use 2 heavy test sawhorses from the hard ware store and those bitches work like gold for me and I can easily put them away after training. They catch a ton of weight before even bending.

-chris