Friday, February 14, 2014

The Pull Up Rack - 7 Questions to Think About Before You Purchase

Choosing the right sized and right style Pull Up Rack is perhaps one of the most important decisions you can make as a new gym owner.  Call it the cornerstone, the centerpiece or the foundation, it plays a major part in the training of your athletes.

One of the first conversations we have with potential gym owners is about what style pull up rack will suit their space and needs the best.  Our popular Wall Mounted Pull Up Rack comes standard with every one of our Equipment Packages for Affiliates [Bronze, Silver and Gold].  It's one of the most important and most useful pieces in your gym.

Here's the top 7 Questions we get about our Design, How to Choose the Best Rig based on your gym Layout and Installation after the purchase.

  1. What is the best type of Pull Up Rack - Wall Mounted or Free Standing?  By far our most popular question and it's a good one.  What's best?  Well, both styles are, but depending on your budget and dimensions of your space, one might be more favorable and useful than the other.
    • The Wall Mounted Pull Up Rack is ideal for smaller, more narrow spaces.  Most all gyms start small and there's nothing wrong with that.  Our Wall Mounted Pull Up Rack does everything the Free Standing Unit does but in a smaller package and at a smaller price tag.  We recommend that spaces between 14 feet - 22 feet wide use the Wall Mounted style to conserve on space.  And anchoring the Wall Mounted Unit to the Wall provides added stability.
    • Free Standing Pull Up Racks work best in the middle of wide open spaces.  Rooms that are minimum 22 feet wide and that have a square shape are ideal.  The Free Standing Pull Up Rack provides a better ratio of Squat Stations to Pull Up Stations and the open layout gives your athletes easy access as it cuts down on single lane traffic to get on or off the rig.
  2. Are those Double Pullup Bars on the outside of the rack included in the price or do I have to pay more?  The double pull up bar on our rack comes standard at no extra cost and with bars spaced 6" apart in height, you've got two pull up bars at every station.  Taller athletes can grab the higher bar as they face the inside of the rig while smaller athletes can grab the lower bar as they face away from the rig.  Everyone wins.
  3. Double Pull Up Bar Questions:
    • How far apart are the Offset Bars?  The lower bar on the inside of the rack is 6 inches lower than the higher bar on the outside.  And the higher bar stands 8 inches away from the rack.  That distance away from the rack on the high bar is beneficial because it opens up the inside of the rig for even more pull up spots.
    • Can I do Toes to Bar on either of the bars?  Yes.  Both the lower, inside bar and the higher, outside bar are designed for toes to bar.  Shorter athletes grab the low bar and face away from the rig and taller athletes grab the high bar and face the inside of the rig.
    • Can those bars be used for Bar Muscle Ups?  We designed the outside bar primarily for the bar muscle up.  There is no bar overhead to put your athletes in danger of hitting their heads while attempting bar muscle ups.  And if you want to swap out any of the pull up bars on the rack for single pull up bars, we can do that too.  The single pull up bar is great for muscle ups and pull overs.
    • Can I mount the pull up bars at different heights?  Absolutely.  We've laser cut holes every two inches along the better part of each side of the rig poles so you can mount the bars at most any height necessary.  And we include all the hardware to do that, too.
  4. Do Barbell Hooks come with the Pull Up Rack? Yes.  Whether you choose a Wall Mounted or Free Standing Unit, we include Barbell Hooks.  The Rack is designed: Squat Station - Pullup Station - Squat Station, etc... so every narrow section does come with two barbell Hooks [J-Cups] to allow the bar to be racked.
  5. If I get a Wall Mounted Unit, how do I attach it to a stud wall?  
    This is another very popular question we get and fortunately, installation is not too difficult.  The pull up brackets that attach to the wall are just about 17" long.  We recommend using wood timbers [2x6's, 2x8's, etc] mounted horizontally on the stud wall [pictured left] along the entire length of the rig.  The pull up bars which attach the rig to the wall are best mounted at the highest position on the poles [puts the bottom pull up bar at 7'6" from the floor].  When installed all at the same height, it makes installation of the 2x6's [or 2x8's, etc] the easiest.  Attach the 2'x6's to each stud with lag screws to keep the installation as strong as possible.
  6. Can you make Single Bar Pull Up Bars if we want them?  Absolutely.  CrossFit R5 out in Wayne, PA asked us to make single pull-up bars for their Free Standing Pull Up Rack.
     They installed a few of them sporadically in the center of the rig .  They too can be adjusted up and down the Pull Up Rack Poles in 2" increments.  And we can make Fat Bars too if you like.
  7. If I want to add to the rack or change it from a Wall Mounted to a Free Standing Unit can I do that?  Yep.  We get a lot of requests to add onto Racks that we've sold.  That's a good thing.  That means gym memberships and class sizes are growing.  Not only can you add on to any rack in either direction, you can change a Wall Mounted Rack to a Free Standing or vice-versa.  Our friends +Crossfit The Tracks just changed the orientation of their rig from a Free Standing to a Wall Mount and they did it with just a few additional pieces.  The good news is that both styles of pull up rack all use interchangeable parts so no matter what you start with, it's all useable if you want to change things up later.
Ready to open your gym?  We be happy to help answer any questions you might have about how best to choose the right Pull Up Rack for your application and space.

Need some custom work done for the Pull Up Rack in your new gym?  We can personalize pull-up bar gussets or even make you a sign to proudly display on your new Rig.

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