Introduction: DIY Flintstones Budget Homegym - Definitive How-to Guide
Budget: $450 US
Goal: Build a completely DIY home gym as cheaply as possible.
- Concrete Weight Plates
- Wood Squat Rack
- Steel Pipe Barbell
- Plywood Deadlifting Platform
- Weight Tree
Hey folks, gym equipment is too expensive in my area so I built an entire gym from raw materials. Here's how I did it.
Step 1: Fiber-reinforced Concrete Weight Plates
These concrete plates are surprisingly tough and can be built at a much more reasonable price than the current retail prices.
I recorded a video guide on how to build these concrete weight plates. Watch it here.
Step 2: Wooden Squat Rack
This squat rack design is made from 2x4's glued and fastened together. It's an efficient design that can hold a lot of weight on a budget. To build this squat rack: Follow this Guide
Modification: I created a modular peg design that I can move up and down the rack. I drilled a 1 1/8 inch hole through the race and fastened a 2x4 on the backside of the hole. Then, I used a 3/4 inch steel pipe with a flange at the end to slide it into the hole. This way I can move the peg and place it anywhere up and down the rack.
Step 3: Steel Pipe Barbell
This bar is made from a 3/4 inch steel pipe which is almost identical to an Olympic bar. The sleeve is made by overlapping various PVC pipes over each other. To build the barbell: Follow this guide.
Step 4: Plywood Deadlift Platform
This platform keeps the noise down and prevents the bar from rolling away.
- 4 x 8-foot Plywood
- 46-inch x 4 feet Plywood
- 2x4's Lumber
- Shock absorber: Old carpet or rubber padding or horse stall mats.
- Wood screws (The size will depend on the thickness of the plywood)
- Anti-slip spray
Spray the smaller plywood piece with a nonslip spray. This piece is the part you will stand on.
- Center the smaller plywood piece on top of the large one and fasten it with screws
- Fasten the shock-absorbing material on the sides
- Fasten the 2x4s around the shock absorber.
Step 5: Weight Tree
This design is cheap and super easy to make. It can hold plates at 5 individual locations. To build this weight tree: Follow this guide.
Modification: Instead of using wood dowels, I used a 3/4 inch steel pipe (1 1/8 inch spade bit) which allows me to load more weight.
Step 6: Backyard Business
I used to manufacture and sell this equipment from my backyard. The business was extremely successful and the demand was unbelievable, I couldn't make the plates fast enough!
I documented everything I learned from my business along with measurements for 5 plate sizes in my ebook. If you're interested, Get the Ebook here. Thanks!