View Full Version : dumbell rack??
11-18-2004, 07:38 PM
Has anyone ever heard of a rack meant for working out with dumbells? I'm talking about a rack like what holds the barbell for bench press, only one that holds dumbells so you don't expend precious energy trying to lift heavy weight from the ground or a nearby chair. I work out this way, and all I ending up getting bruises from setting the weight on my legs or chest while i lay back, or get set up for my set. I kinda searched around on the internet to see if they exist, but I don't see it. Maybe I'm not using the correct name? Maybe they just don't exist, but I would think that someone would be interested in having one if they didn't have a spotter, and wanted to do everything bench-wise with dumbells. It just seems safer to do so, and no less effective as far as I can tell. I've already come up with what I think is a good design for one, and am ready to go get some steel and weld it up, but I don't want to go to all the effort if I can buy one cheap.
11-18-2004, 07:45 PM
I've thought about this myself, setting heavy dbs down feels dangerous after a set of heavy db press or pullovers. I think the only way it could work is if the supports were on either side of the db (where the weight is). And the width of the supports would have to be greater if you use dbs with set weight (you cannot add more or take off weight). I've never seen any racks for dbs, but that doesn't mean they don't exist. Did you do a google search for dumbell rack?
11-18-2004, 07:55 PM
i've definitely thought this through..key word=STEEL..plenty of it..i intend for them to be able to take some serious weight..also i'm gonna make them have a rack at an upper level and lower level for regular/incline, and for decline..i'm even going to add a weight tree to the other side for stability, along with making the base legs long enough to offset the weight of the dumbells..the racks will be made so the dumbells, no matter what type, can be taken right off without any trouble, and so weights can be added to the handles while they're on the rack..no lifting should be involved in setting them up, other than the plates, just like with a barbell setup..also i'm thinking of making them adjustable for width for different sized dumbells too..i've pretty much got it solved..i googled dumbel rack, and every other name or combination of name i could think of, and all i got was racks for holding your dumbell sets
11-18-2004, 07:58 PM
i would also think that if that existed, they would have it at dicks sporting goods, along with all the other exericise junk they have for specialty users
11-18-2004, 08:05 PM
Talk about timing, I just posted a thread called "POWER HOOKS ARE AWESOME!" under Bodybuilding/Fitness, I think this is exactly what you are looking for.
11-18-2004, 08:06 PM
i'll go see..thanks
11-18-2004, 08:26 PM
those look pretty good..one problem..i don't have a bench with a barbell..i think my design would offer everything those do, with the exception being that you would have to take the dumbells out at a front-to-back position for the weight, which would mean you'd have to turn it slightly to bench it, then turn it back to return it to the cradle..i guess mine would work out better for those who only work out that way with dumbells only..i guess the bottom line is that it's cheaper for me to make the rack myself, than to get a regular bench and power hooks :) plus i like making stuff
11-18-2004, 08:34 PM
I didn't realize you didn't have a bench, sorry bout that. Your idea sounds good. I was trying to think of something like that myself the other day when I came across the hooks. Good luck with your build, post some pics when you are finished.
11-18-2004, 08:45 PM
in the long run, those things probably would be better, although i didn't see them holding hex dumbells..i think mine can..we shall see..i'll get it made, and put some pics on here..maybe everyone will want one..no warrantys..everyone signs a release..i am not responsible if it collapses :)
11-18-2004, 08:46 PM
one more thing..am i the only one who sees the edit option on my posts, or is it there for anyone?..how do i make it so that isn't there, or is there depending on how i want it?
11-18-2004, 08:50 PM
Yes they can be used on hex dumbbells as well.
The Edit button is just for you to edit your posts, nobody else can see it on YOUR posts.
11-18-2004, 09:43 PM
gotcha..so who gets the right to edit someone else's post? i got edited for what i felt was a personal rather than professional reason..although i consider the matter closed, i am curious about who's got the power
11-18-2004, 09:45 PM
I think only moderators can edit other people's posts.
11-18-2004, 10:56 PM
This seems dangerous, I think it would be safer to drop them to the side on the ground, if you missed trying to "re-rack" them I could see them droppin on your chest or face.
11-19-2004, 07:56 PM
that's why i was thinking to make the racks come in from the side at maybe ten inches distance..so if you lose your grip, miss the rack, tear a biceps, whatever...you can let it fall to the floor safely..i actually thought of one coming in from the back kinda like two little mini-barbell racks too, but then it would put the user in thye same boat as benching with a barbell without a spotter..also, this should be able to be used inclined,declined, and level..that way, you won't have to strain trying to pick them up or put them down..idk..i'll see how it comes out..i can't start on it til next week anyway, so i'll probably play with my designs this weekend at work..i wish i could draw in 3-D..i am HORRIBLE
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