Ultimate Diy Home Gym Guide | Power Rack | Bench | Weights and Storage

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Part 1 – How To Make Folding Power Rack Home Gym Tutorial | Rogue Inspired | Squat Rack | Pull Up Bar | DIY

This blog post is part 1 of a 4 part series showing you how my Hubby made his own home gym in our back garden. The was the ultimate frugal DIY project as he literally built it all from scratch at a fraction of the price you’d pay for an off-the-shelf home gym.

The video below is part 1 showing step by step how he made the folding power rack. Below the video is the list of all the various item used for this DIY project.

I’ve watched the video a few times and tried to do a full write up of what he’s doing in the video but it wasn’t working out as I didn’t really have a clue. Just watch the video as he explained it all in grave detail!

 

 

Items Used For Folding Power Rack Home Gym

Pull Up Rack 

• U Post Brackets 75mm x4: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/221963451553  

• Pull Up Bar x1: 150cm steel pipe 3/4inch – https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/223868821039

• Racking Pins x2:

– 3/4inch floor flange – https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/222680024593 

(Buy a pack of 4 as 2 will be used for your dip bars)

– 3/4inch x 200mm x threaded BOTH ends – https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/222713315658

– 3/4in Caps x2 – https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BLACK-SELF-COLOUR-MALLEABLE-IRON-PIPE-FITTINGS-CONNECTORS-1-8-TO-4-INCH-BSP-/151967762723

– 32mm Pipe (to stop pins going into rack)

•  Safety Bars x2: 3/4inch x 1m x threaded ONE end steel pipe –  https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/222713315658

 

Fence Posts:

3meters x 3x3inches x5 Posts

OR

2.4meters x 3x3inches x6 Posts 

(Amount needed for rack height dimensions used in video)

 

How To Make Folding Power Rack Home Gym Tutorial | Rogue Inspired

Bolts, Brackets and Screws:

•  Diall Washer Frame fixing (L)100mm (Dia)10mm, Pack of 6 x3 (Used to attach U Post bracket to wall): https://www.diy.com/departments/diall-washer-frame-fixing-l-100mm-dia-10mm-pack-of-6/1584956_BQ.prd

•  M10 Coach bolt & nut (L)110mm, Pack of 5 x1 (Used to connect rack to U post Bracket): https://www.diy.com/departments/m10-coach-bolt-nut-l-110mm-pack-of-5/3663602740827_BQ.prd

• M10 Hex Bolt & nut (L)50mm, Pack of 10 x1 (Used as locking pins for rack and support beam): https://www.diy.com/departments/m10-hex-bolt-nut-l-50mm-pack-of-10/3663602739944_BQ.prd

• Abru Brown Powder-coated Steel Angle bracket (L)70mm x2(Used for top support beam): https://www.diy.com/departments/abru-brown-powder-coated-steel-angle-bracket-l-70mm/251061_BQ.prd

•  Wood screws (I use 2inchx10mm): https://www.screwfix.com/p/quicksilver-pz-double-countersunk-woodscrews-10-x-2-200-pack/11792

•  Angle Plate 76 X 76 X 16.5MM 10 PACK x2: https://www.screwfix.com/p/angle-plates-zinc-plated-76-x-76-x-16-5mm-10-pack/13496

•  Angle Brackets (Pack of 20): https://www.diy.com/departments/expamet-light-duty-60mm-angle-bracket-pack-of-20/35531_BQ.prd

• Angle Brace/Brackets (Cheaper option for the larger angle brackets above, i used a combination of both): https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MENDING-PLATES-BRACES-STRETCHERS-CORNER-ANGLE-TEE-T-BRACKETS-SMALL-LARGE-METAL-/184247508520

How To Make Folding Power Rack Home Gym Tutorial | Rogue Inspired

Finishings 

• Wood Preserver – https://amzn.to/3ibQfe2

Black Exterior Gloss paint – https://amzn.to/3370HPY

Spray paint – https://amzn.to/2Gcc8Nc

 

Estimated Total Cost Of Folding Power Rack Home Gym

= £250

Have a look around as you may find some of these materials for a cheaper price!

Total overall cost will also be cheaper if you do all 4 projects together, as materials are interchangeable. 

 

How To Make Folding Power Rack Home Gym Tutorial | Rogue Inspired

Part 2 – How To Make A Weight Bench Tutorial | DIY Bench Press | Home Gym | For Beginners

 

 

Items Used For Weight Bench | Bench Press

• MDF Board – 18mm thickness
(Got mine for free)

• Fence Posts:
2.4meters x 3x3inches x1 Post
(Amount needed for rack height dimensions used in video)

• Angle Brackets (Pack of 20)
https://www.diy.com/departments/expamet-light-duty-60mm-angle-bracket-pack-of-20/35531_BQ.prd

• Angle Brace/Brackets (Cheaper option for the larger angle brackets above, i used a combination of both)
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MENDING-PLATES-BRACES-STRETCHERS-CORNER-ANGLE-TEE-T-BRACKETS-SMALL-LARGE-METAL-/184247508520

• Wood screws (I use 2inchx10mm): https://amzn.to/3jul4wh

• Wood Preserver – https://amzn.to/3ibQfe2

 

 

Black Exterior Gloss paint – https://amzn.to/3370HPY

• Foam (I used 70x20x1” Soft Density)
https://amzn.to/3iugn4d

• Faux Leather Covering (I used half metre width, black faux leather, the length is 140cm or 1.4m): https://amzn.to/33rlopP

• Staple Gun – https://amzn.to/34r5gDU

ESTIMATED TOTAL COST = <£50
Have a look around as you may find these materials for a cheaper price
Total overall cost will also be cheaper if you do all 4 projects together, as materials are interchangeable
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Part 3 – Concrete Gym Weight Plates | How To Make | Simple Diy | Home Gym

 

Items Used for Concrete Gym Weight Plates

• Bicycle Tyres
(18inches closest size to olympic bumper plates)
(Go for smaller sizes if you intend to use Dumbbell barbells)
(I spent £40 for 34 tyres, only used 22 tyres)

• Cement (Used 2 bags in video)
https://www.diy.com/departments/blue-circle-multipurpose-cement-25kg-bag/35715_BQ.prd

• Ballast (Used 5 bags in video)
https://www.diy.com/departments/tarmac-all-in-ballast-large-bag/5030349012391_BQ.prd?storeId=1009&ds_rl=1272379&ds_rl=1272409&ds_rl=1272379&gclid=Cj0KCQjwqrb7BRDlARIsACwGad6HFyT8UaHMnngjmxEoiWftGvKn0ivfE1NwmwifXTtPLP8WIUFph3MaAlN2EALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

• Wire netting
Hole Size – 25mm. Height – 0.6m. Length – 5m
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/221372372566

• 2inch Pipe
(Make sure it is 2inch/5.08cm INSIDE diameter) couldnt find a suitable link, use correctly sized household containers

• Water

ESTIMATED TOTAL COST = <£80
(I managed to get 160kg worth of weights)
Have a look around as you may find these materials for a cheaper price
Total overall cost will also be cheaper if you do all 4 projects together, as materials are interchangeable

 

Part 4 – Simple DIY Weight Rack | How To Make | Tutorial | Home Gym Homemade | Budget | Easy And Cheap

 

 

Items Used For The Simple DIY Weight Rack 

• 2 Pallets
(Get 2 identical pallets, I got mine for free)

• 3x3inches x 1.2m x1 Post
(Normally shortest post legnth is 1.8m, you may struggle to find 1.2m)

• Angle Brace/Brackets
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MENDING-PLATES-BRACES-STRETCHERS-CORNER-ANGLE-TEE-T-BRACKETS-SMALL-LARGE-METAL-/184247508520

• Wood Preserver
https://www.screwfix.com/p/sika-wood-preserver-clear-5ltr/47030

• Wood screws (I use 2inchx10mm)
https://www.screwfix.com/p/quicksilver-pz-double-countersunk-woodscrews-10-x-2-200-pack/11792

• Long Wood Screws (4inchx10mm)
https://www.screwfix.com/p/quicksilver-pz-double-countersunk-woodscrews-10-x-4-100-pack/14275

• Utility Bar
https://www.diy.com/departments/magnusson-15-steel-utility-bar/1782723_BQ.prd?ds_rl=1272379&ds_rl=1272409&ds_rl=1272379&gclid=Cj0KCQjwqrb7BRDlARIsACwGad4kHY57jCbZnKstUcic59gyPEJSWMoms77OojLOll_ugadpi4aHB6oaAsgWEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

• You will also need some exterior gloss/wood paint.

 

ESTIMATED TOTAL COST = <£60
Have a look around as you may find these materials for a cheaper price
Total overall cost will also be cheaper if you do all 4 projects together, as materials are interchangeable

 

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