DIY Homemade all purpose pulley
What gym is complete without this? I believe every home or garage gym is in need of a homemade all purpose pulley. So many workouts can be done with this. Sure many can be done better with a specific pulley but when first starting out this is a great beginning. You can do squats, *biceps curls, *triceps extensions with this homemade all purpose pulley. Best of all it’s super cheap to make.
This is so great in fact that I have this in my garage gym and also one in my family room (or what I like to also refer to as my “bad weather gym” for when the weather is too bad to go out to the garage to do a workout in).
I used a small piece of 1/2″ hollow steel pipe (6″ long), but really just about any weight bar attachment will work to serve as a handle to work the pulley with. I used another 1/2″ x6″ hollow steel pipe and two 1/2″ flanges to make a way to secure the weights I want to lift. One flange allows the weight plates to rest on and the other sits on top to keep them from falling off.
I know there is a lot going on in this photo so try to focus on what matters. Look at the top pulley and the rope going straight down. At the bottom it connects to the weights. That’s one end of the rope, the other end attaches to a handle to lift it all with.
*For biceps and triceps to be done with this you need to run the end of the rope you attach a bar thru to a second pulley connected at the bottom. In this example I would connect the bottom pulley to the bottom of the wooden frame for my DIY smith machine.