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All-in-one home calisthenics training equipment

Darko Savic
Darko Savic Jan 31, 2021
This one device replaces an entire gym worth of equipment. You can basically train all the muscle groups and get a full calisthenics workout done at home. Calisthenics is a form of strength training using one's own body weight.

This device is small enough to be carried by a single person and can be used indoors and outside, depending on the weather. It can be welded from steel or stainless steel tubes. Most of the tubes are 5 cm in diameter. The handles are 3.5 cm. The footer-frame is made of 6 x 4 cm profiles. Alternatively, for maximum cost efficiency and lowest weight, it would work fine if all the tubes were 3.5 cm in diameter and the footer-frame was 4 x 2 cm. In that case, it would be good if the footer frame was a bit wider for better stability. All the tube walls are 2 mm thick.

I've made multiple units over the years. This design featured below is the best I could come up with and pretty much achieves everything I need. Feel free to copy. I can take measurements if anyone needs them. Any local welder could easily put this together for you. The approximate cost of the plain steel material for one such unit would be between 80 - 150 EUR, depending on the local prices.

The stainless steel unit below, was made to be sold. It can be dissassembled for easier shipping. Because of the cost of stainless steel it ended up being too expensive. Each unit would have to be sold for at least 650 EUR to be worth the trouble of manufacturing. Because of the weight the shipping cost would easily add a few hundred EUR to the total. I never sold any:)


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Gymnastics Rings

Carlos Rizzo
Carlos Rizzo Mar 09, 2021

Adding Gymnastics Rings in your upper horizontal bar will increase the benefits of your workout, since there are unique compound movements only achieved employing circular wooden rings like:

Darko Savic
Darko Savic5 months ago
I actually thought about this a while ago馃檪. I opted out of the rights because the movement would be very limited. The two horizontal bars would get in the way of most exercises that can be done with the rings
Manel Llad贸 Santaeularia
Manel Llad贸 Santaeularia5 months ago
Darko Savic What about making it so the horizontal bars can be folded over to open up that space? Then you would need a system to fix them in place when you want to use them.
Carlos Rizzo
Carlos Rizzo5 months ago

Break it down.

Spook Louw
Spook Louw Mar 29, 2021
Perhaps you could look to Lego and Ikea for inspiration.
If every bar could be put in place in pre-existing holes or hooks or even clips, the contraption would suddenly be much more versatile, adjustable and portable.
Say, for instance, a shorter person wants to make use of the pull-up bar, it can be lowered, or if you'd like to do inverted rows the bar could be put in the best position for that.

If you could find a way to do that while still keeping the structure solid, the possibilities of what you'd be able to do with a couple of bars suddenly become endless.

I'm imagining something similar to an old-school toilet tissue dispenser, with a compressible pin that allows it to fit in the structure, but expands into place when it is in the desired position.
Darko Savic
Darko Savic4 months ago
Something like what you describe is used for the stainless steel version which was meant to be shipped. The other versions, including the one in the header image, were made for my personal use. I found myself never needing to disassemble or adjust it, so I preferred a sturdy one-piece contraption instead. But yes, it's not suitable for shipping this way:)

Lost & Found

Beau Wright Jul 16, 2021
I had referred back to this design again and again (I DO have a brain injury as alibi) as THE correct design, I LOVE a pole and offset horizontal affords little extra leverage training FLAG, FULL parallel bars affords locomotion, pull up bars split affords neutral grip, nice and thick for grip purchase and the payoff of not being "Micro-adjustable" is an "Unmovable object"....some Greek said something about "Show me a fulcrum and I'll move the World" AND LUX stainless steel!!! Too cool...I have a power rack with holes on all four sides of up rights and every 2" adjust vertical, it was my best solution but "Grass is greener" love function and style of your "All in one" sin cere, Beau
Darko Savic
Darko Savic19 days ago
Thank you kindly Beau Wright 馃檹

Manel Llad贸 Santaeularia suggested a few upgrades that I haven't yet gotten around to make. Those should make the design even better:)

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Vishal Chamling
Vishal Chamling6 months ago
Very interesting "prototype" Looks minimalistic and effective. With some homework you could make it portable too. To fit in a portable case / bag (I am not aware if there already is). This should really help Calisthenic enthusiasts on the move.
Darko Savic
Darko Savic6 months ago
Vishal Chamling the stainless steel version can be disassembled into 5 pieces. That's good enough to be transported by car. In reality, the only time it was disassembled was initially, when it needed to fit through the door馃檪
Vishal Chamling
Vishal Chamling6 months ago
Darko Savic nice 馃憤 Then that takes care of the transportation issues. Hope you receive many orders and get into its mass production for the benefit of Calisthenics and calisthenic enthusiasts. 鈽猴笍
Juran6 months ago
The device looks really cool, congrats on the product! Hopefully, you will sell some, maybe even to the local community. Every park could have 2-3 of those.

I have a problem with leg training. I do calisthenics and it really makes me lean and strong, but my legs lag. I run a lot, do squats, but the rate of improvement is not even close to the rest of the body. The bones and muscles of the arm are smaller and weaker thus react fast to bodyweight training. On the other hand, legs are massive poles that carry us around all the time and need something else than another bodyweight training to bulk.

Do you have a solution for this? Is there a solution to load some additional weight on legs with a one-piece steel frame structure in the local park? I say "one-piece", because people would probably steal or could get hurt with standard weights.
Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni6 months ago
I think I know the dude in the photos:)