DIY Pulley Systems
On this page I will show you two pulley systems. Each one serves a specific purpose and is easy and affordable to make. Like all pulley systems the hardest part is figuring out what to anchor it to.
Version 1.0 of a pulley system attached to a power tower.
This is one way of using rope pulley systems to connect to weights to be raised and lowered. The only issue I had with this was the swaying of the weights. I felt like I needed to build a really big and tall wall around them which would be costly and in the way. Although I have tested this and confirmed it does work this is why pulley machines at gym clubs are not designed this way. Instead they use a more costly option for better safety and use stack weights with a pin selector. I do not have a way to do that since my intent was to do it cheaper. I added a padded mat to minimize noise when the weights drop.
Another pic showing the pulleys and this time showing other types of handles used. If you are familiar with the book we offer for purchase this incorporates some of that functionality but with a different power tower. Here you have multiple pulleys for different types of workouts.
Side view showing a close up of a pulley with rope.
Side view showing all the pulleys in place.
Version 2.0 uses sand filled weights instead of weight plates. This limits the swinging motion since the ropes connect differently to the sand filled weights. Also its even quieter.
Another photo of version 2.0 With this version you only do seated rows now which works much better.
Listed below is pulley system for behind the neck presses and for triceps press downs:
Closeup of the pulleys used. The black handled curved bar is used for both workouts. I removed the punching bag eventually since it always seemed to be in the way of most workouts. Each day my warm up was getting on a ladder and lifting up the punching bag, balancing it and then moving it out of my way. That got old real quick. Now it has it’s own permanent spot in the gym that I will show on a different page.
Closeup of the sand filled weights. I used a 1/2″ steel pipe to slide thru the handles of the old cat litter containers that have been refilled with play sand.
Another pic of this gym, but without the punching bag in the way. Stand to do triceps press downs and sit on a flat bench to do behind the neck presses.
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.