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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 .

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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 )
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Very nice Rick! Love the use of the checker plate!
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Very nice Rick! Love the use of the checker plate!
Thanks Lee . It was a pita getting them to look good in the ceiling as checker plate sheets seem to have a slight bend in them . Spent a lot of time trying to flatten them out
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thanks for showing Rick cool looking set up but I do believe I pulled something just looking...
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Yea Rick, when they stamp those out, they tend to bend some. I can imagine they gave you fits at times. But it really came out nice!
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thanks for showing Rick cool looking set up but I do believe I pulled something just looking...
You crack me up Stick . I have neglected working out this past four months so I have some catching up to do. I did want to be able to bench press 225lbs when I turn 65 but it may not be a good idea as now I'm hearing about osteoporosis ?

This is a 73 year old doctor who uses HGH . Believe it or not this is not photoshop as I actually seen him on a Fox News . The anchor woman asked him if he didn't think it was dangerous and he replied with:
well would you rather see me crossing the street hunched over with a cane?

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thanks for showing Rick cool looking set up but I do believe I pulled something just looking...
Ditto....

Now lets see your wood shop.....LOL
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Now lets see your wood shop.....LOL
James that's another work in progress . I just hope to have it insulated and heated this winter so I can play with my router
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That's a nice looking gym.
I have often wondered what it would be like to have a basement. :-(
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That's a nice looking gym.
I have often wondered what it would be like to have a basement. :-(
lol , yes a basement does help . Would be a little tight upstairs seeing as I used over half my basement for this gym

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