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Pull-up Station?

Postby firedepot » Fri Nov 16, 2007 1:54 pm

Anybody have any feedback on something like the Weider 200 pull-up/dip station? I am approx. 160 lbs(and losing), and I am curious as to the stability of the machine. Could you do Kipping pullups on it? It would make quitting the gym much easier.... Thanks in advance.
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Postby Bri3626 » Sat Nov 17, 2007 11:02 am

Not sure about the Weider one but in my experience most of them are cheap productions. 9 times out of 10 I believe your better off making your own vs. buying in a store.

Most of the pullup/dip machines I've seen/used weren't balanced correctly and rocked when doing the pullups.

I went out and bought a fairly lengthy set of 4x4's (I think 12-15 feet is good depending on preference for height). Key thing here is you need to plant your posts at least 2 feet in ground for good stability. I just used quickcrete and let it set.

I drilled a good inch and a half hole in the upper part where I wanted my bar and then just bought a 4 foot section of pipe. It works pretty good.
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Postby scumdogg » Sun Nov 18, 2007 3:12 am

Home Depot is your friend :) I built my chin up bar out of a length of 3/4" galvanized pipe with an elbow on each end and then a floor connector attached and I screwed this to a piece of 2x4 running through my rafters. It's rock solid (even when my 250lb frame is swinging on it) and it was under $20. It amazes me how much the fitness stores charge for good exercise equipment. I plan on taking a welding course someday just so I can build my own dip station and power rack.
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Postby firedepot » Sun Nov 18, 2007 3:30 am

Thanks for the tips. My father-in-law is a manager at a local lumber/building materials warehouse and he can get stuff like lumber and such for practically nothing, especially if it's blemished. I'll get to work next week on it!
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