Recently I looked at our pull up bar and realized that 1) it is annoying to use the pull up bar with all the stuff hanging off of it and 2) for me, the visual space felt cramped. The straps were always hanging down or wrapped around an arm of the treadmill to be out of the way. I needed to figure out how to hang gym rings in a accessible but more seamless way.
I wanted something to hang the rings and swing on where they could be pushed out of the way. This would give more visual space (making it feel bigger) and provide more mat space to work with. Super helpful for the workout sessions I host.
I had this genius idea to mount a pipe to the header beam and then thread our rings and kid swing onto that. When we aren’t using them, they can be slid all the way to our shelves, being stored for the next session. I LOVE IT. The pull up bar is now open for use with this pipe mount on the other side of the garage header beam.
The swing works even better for the kiddos now, they have room to pump. The rings transferred seamlessly. As for the pull up bar…my goal for 2015 is to do 10 pull ups in a row. Time to get to work!
7′ – 1 1/4″ galvanized pipe
2 – 1 1/4″ flanges
2 – 1 1/4″ street elbows (we had to use 2 pieces on my elbows to make them street elbows…but just buy the streets so you only need one piece)
Long wood screws to mount
Put all together, your set up should look like this:
I’m really glad we have a header beam in our garage so this could work. If you DON’T, then mounting this to the wall in studs would also work. Just measure how far apart your studs are first and then have Home Depot (or wherever you’ll get your pipe from) cut the pipe to the length you need.
If you don’t think it will be secure enough that way, you could mount a 2×4 across the wall into the studs all along the length of it. Then mount the pipe onto the 2×4.
Just for a quick look at our system before:
Thanks to my husband for screwing the pipe into the header. When you do this way, you’ll need to use a drill bit and drill some holes before you try to screw it straight in – the wood is just to dense otherwise.
The kids are very happy they can swing at the same time.
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KID SWING – The Little Tikes Disc Swing was a Christmas present to the kids. It’s used every day.
KID SWING STRAP – The strap that hooks around the pipe is actually velcro with attached carabiner. This particular one holds up to 300 lbs. We found ours at Home Depot – this link is to the 100 lb one because the 300 lb one isn’t listed. I like the Husky one because it velcros the entire length of the strap, not just on the ends, making it feel more secure.
We love our home gym even more now! Every time I rearrange something it feels like, “now it’s good.” I’m sure that process will continue, but for now, we’re pretty happy.
I hope this gives you an idea of how to hang your rings, TRX bands, or kid swing. Happy working out! If you have any questions, please ask!