So the latest investment in the gym is the Rogue RML 3W Squat Rack. It's a rack that folds into itself when not in use, this means you can have all the stability of a high quality rack, while saving space when you are not using it. I like things that are versatile and modular, and this fits that description. This rack also comes with an attachable pull-up bar, so I have not only 2 Squat Stations now but also 2 Pull Up Bars :)
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Step 1. Check Dimensions of product online - Get your measuring tape and measure if it will fit - Find and mark studs that you may want to use.
Step 2. Unbox - Read Directions - Pencil - Measuring Tape - Level - Measure again - Mark studs - Mark precisely where you want stringers
Step 3. Get out Ratchet, Sockets, Wrenches, or Adjustable Wrenches, and Attach Brackets to the Stringers using supplied Hardware
Step 4. Now that the stringers are ready - and where precisely they will be placed has been marked - get out your drill.
If you have a partner (i did not) have them hold up the stringer against the wall precisely where you want it, and begin marking your drill points for the pilot holes. This is really a 2 person job, but I was too impatient to wait and I knew I could do it myself.
Once you have those, set the stringer down, pick a corner, drill the pilot hole, and then pick a corner on the opposite side, and drill the pilot hole there as well, then set the stringer back up on the wall where it goes, and start screwing in the lag screws with a ratchet and socket set, a wrench, or impact wrench - once they are snug, the stringer will be secure enough that you no longer have to hold it. Once you've got one stringer mounted up, then mount the other stringer. Make sure they are the correct distance apart and that they are plum and level!! Once this is done, install the rest of the lag screws :)
Step 5. Once the stringers are secured, you take the rack crossmembers, (the arms that pivot and fold) and secure them to the brackets that we already mounted on the stringers using the supplied hardware. Lock the arms in position perpendicular from the wall.
Step 6. Take the uprights, and mount them to the crossmembers/arms using the supplied hardware :) This is DEFINITELY a 2 person job - you do not want a 90" upright accidentally falling on anyone or anything, I can assure you that. This DID NOT happen but the potential is very bad so do not be careless. I was not able to get pictures of this part of the process, but below are the uprights. Be careful to ensure that at least one of the uprights touches the floor when it is in the perpendicular position - this means you have to be precise with the position in which you mount the uprights to the crossmembers. The crossmembers have an inch or two of play up or down in the design, and you can also move the uprights up or down in order to ensure that this happens - it is an intelligent design that allows for a high likelihood that you can achieve this, even if your measurements were slightly off.
If your floor is not perfectly level, but your stringers and rack are perfectly level, you may find yourself in a situation where only one side touches the floor, adjust the height of the flooring or measure and cut a wood wedge to slide under the upright so you can achieve support for both sides. This will take stress off the wall. Installed correctly, this is an amazingly sturdy unit :)
Step 7. Attach Pull Up Bar with supplied Hitch Pins, and attach the J-hooks so you can start lifting!
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