Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Pull Up Rack - Don't Let It Take Other Equipment Out of Service

As the center point of your training facility and a moderate investment, the pull up rig needs to function well for all sizes and ability levels of athletes.

Mike Cleaves of CrossFit Njörd in Chesapeake, VA sent us this great photo of his Free Standing Rig and the way that Mike installed it, really accentuates our design and philosophy.

To make the most out of your equipment investment, every piece you put into your gym should be able to be used by as many athletes as possible.  Medicine Balls and Kettlebells are indispensable tools but not every athlete can swing a 32kg kettlebell or Wall Ball with a 20lb med ball.  That's why you'll need to vary your size selection on those.  It's unavoidable, but expected.  Gymnastics Rings and Three Sided Plyo Boxes however, are the type of equipment that can be scaled to a broader range of ability.  Your Pull Up Rig should be designed to scale that same way.

We've built our Pull Up Rack series with that in mind.  As you can see from CrossFit Njörd's setup, Mike takes full advantage of the adjustability we've designed in pull up bar height along the two long sides of the rig.

With twenty-five different height variations along our vertical poles, our Offset Pull Up Bars can be set to virtually any height necessary.  If the high bar is out of reach, the athlete can step inside the rig, face out and grab the low bar.

And here's a solid point to make as well.  We've commented before about keeping bumper plates and plyo boxes out from underneath the pull up bars.

When an athlete can't reach a pull-up bar, they will use whatever is within reach to help them.  With the controlled 'mayhem' that occurs in a workout, any added bumpers or plyo boxes under the rig can create tripping hazards and will slow your athletes down.  And using bumper plates or plyo boxes as step ups takes this valuable equipment out of play.  If you've got 3-4 athletes making step up platforms, that's 3-4 plyo boxes or 300-400lbs of bumpers you can't use in the WOD.  That's an expensive step stool.  Instead, move them to an appropriately high pull-up bar and keep that equipment for use in the WOD.

Here's a big shout out of thanks to Mike and Joyce down at CrossFit Njörd in Chesapeake, VA for the photos!!  If you are in the area, stop out and sign up!

Getting ready to outfit your facility with a Pull Up Rack or other gear?  We can help.  Get in touch with us here for more info.