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JK1
03-28-2009, 05:09 PM
Ok, so its almost settled, the wife and I are finalizing the lease on a new place that will allow me to drag all of my stuff out of storage and set up my own powerlifting "garage" gym.

Heres the equipment I've got so far:
Texas squat bar
texas deadlift bar
texas power bar
Safety Squat bar
cheaper, new york barbells 14 inch cambered bar--I'm replacing this one as soon as I bend it
ez curl bar
2 standard olympic bars (one cheap, one better quality)
dragging sled
~600 lbs in 45 lb plates
several 25's
a few 35's and some others I can't remember
glute ham raise
tires for dragging
various pieces of homemade strongman equipment--part of a yoke, concrete tires, pipe farmers walk impliments etc
beltsquat/spotter platforms and Ironmind beltsquat belts
2 sets of jumpstretch bands (one older, one brand new) and other bands
rolling thunder
spud straps
an old 2x2 power rack
situp bench/board
various kettlebells including 2 plate loaded ones
just over 200 lbs in chain of various sizes (1/2 inch and 5/8 inch) along with some other longer pieces for whatever

There is some other crap equipment I'm probably going to try to sell (like a Weider smith machine/lat pulldown and some other stuff)

I'm looking for a plate loaded/heavy duty pulldown with a low row and a 45 degree back extension, which we'll have by the time I set things up. I'd like to find used, but if I have to I'll buy new. I'm also getting 600lbs in 100 lb plates before we open the doors.

A reverse hyper is also on the want list, but I'm torn between buying a used one, trying to build one, or getting one of the generic ones. In all honesty, I'm not willing to pay what Louie is asking for his models.


I've got a monolift attachment to put into a 3x3 rack, but its somewhat custom made for the rack in the commercial gym I currently work out at. I'd have to modify it slightly to use in a different rack and its not adjustable for different heights without taking apart.

Heres my question: The Williams Strength (Elitefts) monorack rack is much cheaper than getting a new 3x3 rack and a monolift with a competition spec flat dumbell bench.

Does anyone have one of those? How do you like it? Is it worth the money? The thing looks absolutely huge. I'm not 100% sure it'll fit in the room we are putting the equipment, but i'm not above adjusting the ceiling if need be.

Also, does anyone know can you pick something like that up straight from Williams or do you have to ship it? I'd much rather drive up to SC (I live in Alabama, so its not that far) and pick things up than pay to have it shipped and have to deal with that.


Also, am I missing anything? I'm open to suggestions.



Thanks.


JK

SELK
03-28-2009, 05:59 PM
http://www.1500lb.com/sumopowerracks.html

Ive heard of guys having pretty good luck with these racks, and the price is 1/2 of what a monorack costs. May not be what your are looking for, just an idea.

That gym sounds like it is going to be awesome.

Cmanuel
03-28-2009, 06:34 PM
I've dealt with williams strength on many occasions (was an officer for Clemson Weight Club and we purchased stuff every year from them). You can pick up stuff instead of having it shipped, just make sure you coordinate with some of the staff so that they know you are coming and when you plan on coming. This spring we picked up a GHR, prowler w/ straps, bunch of bumper plates, and some new bars from them. The GHR wasn't finished when we arrived (needed powdercoating), so we had to wait 3 hours. The sales guys were very friendly and even gave us a free sled for our troubles, so I would definitely recommend them.

If Will is still around, ask for him. He's awesome.

About the monorack, when I was there last we played around with this beast:
http://www.ahpequipment.com/lib/images/custom/250/willstrmonorack.jpg

That thing was absolutely monstrous, but it was sooooo nice. If you are baller enough $$$$ to get it, go for it. Only in my dreams :(

Brian Hopper
03-28-2009, 09:59 PM
Take some pics whenever u get it setup!

JK1
03-28-2009, 11:28 PM
Ive heard of guys having pretty good luck with these racks, and the price is 1/2 of what a monorack costs. May not be what your are looking for, just an idea.

That gym sounds like it is going to be awesome.
Thanks. I've talked to Ralph several times and I've purchased bars from him. He seems like a great guy and I'd endorse all of his products based on my previous interactions. He seems like hes just a nice guy too, which adds to it. I'm just not sure this is going to do exactly what I want it to do.

We actually patterend the monolift attachment I've got now from that same design. I know a very good welder who came in, took measurements and for 200 bucks set me up with a very solid piece of equipment (he also said he's never doing another one for less than $600, so I guess I got an excellent deal). The thing is its designed for a 3x3 rack with a 2 inch hole spacing and once its set up, everyone has to squat from the same height because its difficult to adjust. I'm not sure that these racks are much easier to adjust with a loaded bar on them. Maybe I'm wrong. I guess I need to call Ralph again.

Thanks


JK

JK1
03-28-2009, 11:48 PM
I've dealt with williams strength on many occasions (was an officer for Clemson Weight Club and we purchased stuff every year from them). You can pick up stuff instead of having it shipped, just make sure you coordinate with some of the staff so that they know you are coming and when you plan on coming. This spring we picked up a GHR, prowler w/ straps, bunch of bumper plates, and some new bars from them. The GHR wasn't finished when we arrived (needed powdercoating), so we had to wait 3 hours. The sales guys were very friendly and even gave us a free sled for our troubles, so I would definitely recommend them.

If Will is still around, ask for him. He's awesome.

About the monorack, when I was there last we played around with this beast:


That thing was absolutely monstrous, but it was sooooo nice. If you are baller enough $$$$ to get it, go for it. Only in my dreams :(


EXCELLENT! Thank you. this is the information I was looking for (well this and the actual size of the monorack and if the catchpins can go all the way to the top of the rack) Money isn't really an issue. Well it is, I'm a perpetual tight ass, but I may also end up training with just me and my wife sometimes, so getting good equipment where we both feel safe in makes a HUGE difference. I see this as a one time gym expense that I'll use for the next 20 years or more---my 2x2 rack is 17years old. Its a bit rusty, but it still works. Its just not enough of a rack for what I can lift now. Take the price of something like a monorack over 20 years and its worth every penny vs a rack falling apart, me getting smashed (as strong as my wife is, she's not spotting me with 800+ squats or 600+ benches) under a heavy weight etc... So, I'm biting the bullet and spending the money if thats what things end up happening. Its worth it. I gotta convince the wife.... but that doesn't stop me from strongly considering it either.


So they have one up on the display floor? I'm tempted to drive up there some Friday (its about 4 and a half hours from where I live) and take a look at the thing to see if its actually what I want. One HUGE factor is going to be just how big this thing actually is. If its too tall, I'm going to either find something else, or cut a hole in the ceiling of the room (which I'm considering).


Thanks again. Your information is what I was looking for. Does anyone on this board actually have one?

JK

JK1
03-28-2009, 11:57 PM
Take some pics whenever u get it setup!

No problem.

We are signing the lease this week and then set to move the end of June beginning of July. It may be August or September before I get everything finished and put together. If I have to do some construction (ie knock out a wall, change the ceiling, etc) it may take a bit longer.

MarcusWild
03-29-2009, 12:41 AM
Crepinsek is good. I just got a custom mono attachment for my power rack. He lives ~1 hour from me. He installed it for me, because he wanted to get photos of a custom mono attachment after it's installed. His stuff is high quality. He can customize to make whatever you want.

Cmanuel
03-29-2009, 09:29 AM
Yeah they have a little showroom with a lot of fun stuff. We had a good time trying to pick up the replica Thomas inch dumbbell.

If you were to visit williams strength and decide that something about the monorack needs modifying, they would probably do it. When I was their last they showed me a few custom pieces of equipment that the Clemson football coach had asked for, so I know it can be done.

jefflance1
03-29-2009, 07:32 PM
JK1, what part of Alabama are you in?

JK1
03-29-2009, 08:14 PM
JK1, what part of Alabama are you in?

Um, this place will be relatively rural. out by Notasulga

JK1
03-29-2009, 08:14 PM
I train at the Golds Gym in Opelika right now.

jefflance1
03-30-2009, 07:05 AM
I live in North Alabama. Just didn't know for sure where you were located.

JK1
04-03-2009, 04:51 PM
Well the lease has been sent in, I talked with Williams Strength and will be going up to look at equipment the next day during the week I'm off work...

Does anyone on this forum have a monorack or know of one somewhere in or near east Alabama? I'd really like to squat in one of these things before I drop $$ on it.

Thanks.....



JK

MarcusWild
04-03-2009, 05:30 PM
Are you talking about the Crepinseck mono attachment for a power rack? My only complaint is there's no locking sound when it swings out or swings back into place. We use verbal commands to let the lifter know when the hooks swing out, and then when they are back in place to rack it. He makes it so everything is very adjustable. You can adjust how far the arms swing out. You can adjust the width of the hooks that hold the bar. Here's video of our first session using it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfXiIPLDm4Y

Brian Hopper
04-03-2009, 06:11 PM
You guys are wanting me to build a gym in my garage!!!

JK1
04-03-2009, 08:45 PM
Are you talking about the Crepinseck mono attachment for a power rack? My only complaint is there's no locking sound when it swings out or swings back into place. We use verbal commands to let the lifter know when the hooks swing out, and then when they are back in place to rack it. He makes it so everything is very adjustable. You can adjust how far the arms swing out. You can adjust the width of the hooks that hold the bar. Here's video of our first session using it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfXiIPLDm4Y


No, I'm talking about one of these:
http://www.ahpequipment.com/lib/images/custom/250/willstrmonorack.jpg


I've already got a custom made monolift attachment based on Crepinseks that we take in and out of the commercial gym. Crepinsek has been great to me and has my complete endorsement. He makes very good equipment. In the case of this one, I wanted something that fit the unique bits of the rack and it was easier to just have a fabricator/welder come in and measure things then try to get it done long distance.

We patterened the one I have somewhat after that one, but to fit the rack in the gym. It has the same plusses and minuses. The biggest problem is the height adjustment--we built it without the hydraulic jacks because they wouldnt work with the plate holders on that rack. It has to be partially disassembled to adjust the height and height adjustments may not fit the individual lifter as good as a true monolift.

I've got a place to put something good, so I figured what the heck, time to go all out.

I still need to get measurements on the monorack though and check ceiling height. It may not fit exactly where I want to put it. We'll see.

Like I said before, if I can find someone who has one, I'd love to try it out before I commit to getting one.

MarcusWild
04-03-2009, 10:04 PM
That thing looks like a tank! I don't know anyone that has one.

Brian C
04-04-2009, 10:03 AM
No, I'm talking about one of these:
http://www.ahpequipment.com/lib/images/custom/250/willstrmonorack.jpg



^^^ I'm in love^^^

Keith
04-04-2009, 10:34 AM
^^^ I'm in love^^^

I was JUST going to say that!


Pics, pics, pics when it's complete!

slashkills
04-04-2009, 10:38 AM
I think there was a gym recently in powerlifting usa that had one of those. It looked beast as hell!

Cmanuel
04-04-2009, 12:40 PM
Its going to be hard as hell to find someone with that in their home gym. Seems like many home gymers would deem this a little overkill and too expensive....

Maybe you can contact Williams strength to see if any customers/gyms with the monorack are in your area??????????

11not10
04-04-2009, 02:01 PM
That mono rack is ****in sick..

JK1
04-04-2009, 03:54 PM
Its going to be hard as hell to find someone with that in their home gym. Seems like many home gymers would deem this a little overkill and too expensive....

Maybe you can contact Williams strength to see if any customers/gyms with the monorack are in your area??????????


Yeah, I can see that. Its one of those things I don't see just anyone getting. I was hoping I'd get lucky.

Williams apparently sold their "floor model" recently and won't have a new one for a couple of weeks. They told me they had sold something like 2 in Georgia, but didn't give any more information.

Cmanuel
04-04-2009, 04:37 PM
Maybe Spud's gym in Columbia has one??? South Carolina Barbell?

Beefcaker
04-06-2009, 12:19 AM
Wish you were closer!! Almost 4 hours away. I've love to check this place out, but I'm all the way in Huntsville

IRBS
04-06-2009, 02:03 PM
Wish you were closer!! Almost 4 hours away. I've love to check this place out, but I'm all the way in Huntsville

We have a team that trains at Don's Gym on Bailey Cove. Monolift, Bands, Chains, etc. Where do you train?

We will be deadlifting tonight around 8pm if you want to stop in.

Beefcaker
04-08-2009, 11:35 PM
Nice! I've heard some good things about Don's. I just train at the UAH Fitness Center and in my garage right now. As you can see in my sig, I'm injured at the moment, temporarily making me a bench only guy. I'd love to come and check it out, and see how ya'll train though. I'd especially love to meet some fellow powerlifters, because I'm just now getting into this stuff (as you also can see from my sig).

I've only met ONE experienced powerlifter so far and he quit powerlifting in '93!

IRBS
04-09-2009, 07:01 AM
Nice! I've heard some good things about Don's. I just train at the UAH Fitness Center and in my garage right now. As you can see in my sig, I'm injured at the moment, temporarily making me a bench only guy. I'd love to come and check it out, and see how ya'll train though. I'd especially love to meet some fellow powerlifters, because I'm just now getting into this stuff (as you also can see from my sig).

I've only met ONE experienced powerlifter so far and he quit powerlifting in '93!


UAH Fitness Center sucks. I went to school there and worked there after I graduated for 2 years, I would know. That place blows.

Beefcaker
04-09-2009, 11:28 AM
Yeah I am one of about three people that actually squat (i mean a real squat). Alot of people that don't know wtf they are doing in there. You can't make noise. You can't slam **** down. Everybody's a know it all, and they all started working out like a month ago. Lots of "I used to could do this" and "I've done that a million times" from people that have never done anything.

That's why I usually train in my garage. I might go to the fitness center once a week.

WillKuenzel
04-09-2009, 03:51 PM
http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/showthread.php?t=121024

Scroll down for more pics.

I bought the floor model from Williams Strength. The monorack is absolutely the best thing that you can get. I'm in Charleston, SC. Williams Strength was wonderful to work with. They were great. Prompt service and great guys.

The monorack works like a dream. It's an absolute beast of a machine.

http://www.twitpic.com/1ouhc
http://www.twitpic.com/24xk0


It sounds like you've got a ton of stuff. Good luck, man. Getting out of any type of commercial place was the best thing I ever did.

JK1
04-09-2009, 04:31 PM
http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/showthread.php?t=121024

Scroll down for more pics.

I bought the floor model from Williams Strength. The monorack is absolutely the best thing that you can get. I'm in Charleston, SC. Williams Strength was wonderful to work with. They were great. Prompt service and great guys.

The monorack works like a dream. It's an absolute beast of a machine.

http://www.twitpic.com/1ouhc
http://www.twitpic.com/24xk0


It sounds like you've got a ton of stuff. Good luck, man. Getting out of any type of commercial place was the best thing I ever did.


NICE!


We are still working out details. It'll probably be August before I get everything set up.

I'm really torn between getting something like the monorack and just getting a monolift and a second 2x2 rack--the way I'm doing the math, the price is pretty much the same. With the monorack we are going to be stripping alot of plates---with a monolift and rack, two people could be squatting at the same time (three if we put the monolift attachement I've already got in my old rack). Its going to boil down to size of the machine and versatility.

We'll see.

Thanks for posting the pictures.

JK1
05-03-2009, 09:54 AM
Well, the room ended up being a bit smaller than I thought it was. We have a second room, but it needs to have air conditioning and lighting redone.

As of right now, there will be a monolift, a new Sumo style 2x2 rack, deadlift platform, GHR, and 45 degree back extension in the main room. I have a second rack I'm going to try to fit into there, but I'm not sure about space. I am planning on getting a reverse hyper, but it may not happen until the main part is set up.
I'm placing my order in a couple of days.

I am also in the market for a good high-low pulley for lat pulldowns and pull throughs. I'm weighing the difference between trying to weld one up (I've got family who are good with a welder, who've offered to weld it---they've balked on the monolift and other stuff though, so I'm not sure if they'll come through with what I want) vs a used one vs a new plate loaded (not weight stack, so we can have some flexibility with it) one. So far Legend Fitnesses seems to be the probable best choice and price.

Anyone know where I can find plans for a lat pulldown/low row online so I can fight about them with making it or not?

Also, we will be looking for a couple of more lifters--in the Auburn/Montgomery/Tuskeegee Alabama area once things are up and going.

Thanks.