This is a project that SoG and I worked on this past weekend. I didn’t want to put a pull up bar in my house, since frankly, I’m not ready for it yet. I’m still a wuss and can’t really do them, so SoG came up with the idea to build this station where I can do some hanging rows to build up my strength to eventually get to where I can do some pull ups.
Normally work out gear is quite expensive, but this was something we were able to do in a short amount of time and very inexpensively. We went down to the Home Depot since I had a gift card with some credit on it and picked up all of our parts there. In the end this only ended up costing about $26 dollars to build. We bought three of the 10′ PVC pipes, 2″ in diameter, the connecting joints, and a container of PVC Cement. The smaller PVC may have given a more comfortable grip, but it would not have been sturdy to hold someone up while doing rows, so we went with the bigger 2″ which works fine.
Assembly was easy, we basically just measured the pieces to the dimensions we thought would work best and then cut them with a saw. We cemented the bottom parts and then I took the rest home and finished the assembly and cementing there so it could all fit in my vehicle.
This thing is holding up nicely, is very sturdy, and is overall working out very well! Adding this exercise to my normal workout routine has been brutal, I’ve been doing it for almost a week and am definitely feeling it!
This is proof that you can build some gear pretty inexpensively and get in shape without having to pay a whole lot for equipment, especially if incorporated mostly with body weight exercises. I’ve been getting in better and better shape and I have not stepped into a gym a single time.
-Roger De Rok