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Old 07-05-2014, 11:56 AM   #1
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Some of you read my thread about trying to figure out how to train equipped bench on my own. Last week I finished the metal work and built the base structure. Today I modified my bench so it's at a proper competition height by building a new structure to put under the pads of my current bench. I've got pics of what I've got so far.

Please know that this is NOT DONE. The bench is good to go, but there's far more work to do to solidify the rack and make sure it's ready to hold hundreds of pounds. But it does work, and once I add the integral safeties to the sides and finish adding lots of extra bracing I think it's going to work out very well for what I need.

The hooks are designed so that once they are in the retracted position the bar above the hook is straight up and down. This is so that the bar can be re-racked safely.





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This looks really impressive. Kinda reminds me of the Fortis bench. If there isn't somthing like this out there already then maybe you can mass produce them and sell.
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Yep.. this basically, but homemade, sick. Cool stuff!

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Unfortunately something like that actually wouldn't work for me. They're similar, yes, but you still have to reach back and pull the bar over your chest. Doing this forces a bench shirt's collar to rise. I had to have something that held the bar in the starting position from the beginning. With my design it's only after the lift is complete that you have to raise the arms above the starting position.

Those are really cool though! The gym where Pete Rubish trains has a similar device but without the built in safeties.
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