DIY Cable Crossover Machine

Cable crossovers are a great machine in the gym. Sadly, they are not cost effective to own, until now! I made this machine for very little money. I used rope and pulleys and some clips to hold it in place. Rather than spend money on building a frame and securing it to the garage I used what I already had, a scaffold. Pictured below is the machine with just two pulleys (one per side) connected to the sides of my scaffold.

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This was an oversight of mine by using only two pulleys when looking at them online and from memory. I forgot to add two additional pulleys (one per side) to make this even better. Once added this will allow for biceps curls and a different angle for working the chest. I will correct this soon for my own gym.

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Side view to see how it all connects to the scaffold.

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This is the lower portion of side view so you can see the weight bar contraption I made. I used (3) 1/2″ x 6″ hollow steel pipes and connected them using one T- Connector. Under the weights are a 1/2″ flange that screws onto the steel pipe to allow the whole thing to be lifted with the pulley system. If you prefer this can be done instead with a rope with a clip on it that wraps and secures a sand filled weight to be lifted instead.

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I used foam and duct tape to pad the frame of the scaffold so that the weights do not chip the frame or themselves when they come in contact with the scaffold when raising and lowering them. I tied a strap from an old elastic band to the rope pulley system to use as a handle. I have another one on the other side of this cable crossover. For an even better handles use “D Handles” instead.

I do not claim responsibility for your safety so be mindful of testing with gradual weight increases to determine how much they can safely hold. Also be sure to regularly inspect all gym equipment before using it to be on the lookout for obvious safety concerns. This includes tightening the ends of weight bars to ensure weights do not fall off and cause injuries.