I see Mike aka MT Stringer has been doing some upgrades for his wife's gym so I thought I'd show you a few pictures of my home gym in progress . As with anything I do it starts out reasonably simple then spirals out of control
I wanted to build a gym in my basement that didn't seem like you were working out in a dungeon and I think I succeeded .
It all started when I got tired of picking up bumper plates off the floor . I don't like those floor stands either as there uncomfortable when your removing the 45 lbs plates , but I seen someone using floor flanges on the net to make a crude wall stand .
I took it a step further and used two 2by6's and color matched them to my half racks and put chrome checker plate in the middle to make them look industrial .
This is what a floor flange looks like
I spaced the floor flanges out to make it as comfortable as possible to place and remove bumper plates . I had the 45 lbs plate at the bottom on a trial attempt but found it was to hard to place them back on so I placed them in the middle . Worked out perfect like this.
Used 1" floor flanges and 1" gas pipe cut to length
Here's a close up . Decided to use them to hold bars on a wall rack also . Put heat shrink tubing over the 1" gas pipe to get rid of any sharp edges . The ones holding bumper plates are secured with 1/4" bolts . I used screws as I was being lazy as these bars don't weigh much
42" plasma . I don't really watch TV very often in the gym as I pretty much play music . It's there if you need it though . Plus , who can get enough of CNN's Erin Burnett
I don't like changing plates on bar bells so I bought them all
The ceiling is only 7' tall and I lose 1" with this ceiling grid system and 1/2" with the rubber flooring and seeing as the lat machine is to tall I cut a hole in a piece of checker plate aluminum with my jig saw . Cleaned it up with a straight bit on my router table and the router bit cleaned it up very nicely and looks much cooler than using plain ceiling tiles. It couldn't have turned out any better if a cnc flow jet had cut it out .
As you can see there's LED lights in the mirror and in this hole . They change to any color you want or you can program them to fade onto different colours . No purpose really , just looks cool lol
Pictures of the other half of the gym coming soon (it's in progress and a mess )