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Stair Blocks: You Don't Need Them, but Here's How, Greg Everett
Stair Blocks: You Don't Need Them, but Here's How
Greg Everett  |  July 30 2014  |  Equipment
There are a few pieces of equipment that you need in weightlifting. For example, a barbell and weights, a platform and a squat rack. That’s about it. Everything after that is a luxury. This isn’t to say that other things aren’t valuable—for example, blocks, jerk tables, risers, power rack… We have all of these things at Catalyst Athletics and get a lot of use out of them   Stair blocks are definitely a cool but unnecessary piece of gear. If you have space, t......
Medicine Ball Rack Tutorial, Greg Everett
Medicine Ball Rack Tutorial
Greg Everett  |  January 27 2014  |  Equipment
In getting ready to move the Catalyst Athletics gym, I spent an inordinate amount of time with scale drawings trying to get the space organized optimally for our needs and equipment. Because we’re stuck in somewhat smaller buildings than we really need thanks to the obscene prices of Bay Area real estate, the efficiency of storage has always been critical. I’m also bordering on obsessive when it comes to the organization of gym space and equipment. In our former building, we had ......
Jerk Block Building Tutorial, Greg Everett
Jerk Block Building Tutorial
Greg Everett  |  March 31 2009  |  Equipment
Jerk blocks are a somewhat mythical piece of equipment—their numbers are extremely small and there appears to be a constant search for plans to build them. After two years of Aimee busting my chops to build her some, with the new gym and the corresponding space, I found myself with no further excuses to put it off. The design I ended up with is not really anything new—build multiple blocks that stack on top of each other to allow adjustment of the final height to accommodate diff......
Quick & Dirty Plate Rack, Greg Everett
Quick & Dirty Plate Rack
Greg Everett  |  January 28 2009  |  Equipment
Plate racks are a rip-off. There, I said it. They require minimal, relatively low-quality steel, and aren't exactly remarkable feats of engineering. Instead of spend money on expensive plate racks (most of which aren't that great anyway) that could be put to better use buying... plates... we threw together some simple racks that can store both a full set of bumper plates and the metal change. The following is a simple guide to doing the same yourself. Keep in mind the thickness of our plates......
Building A Lifting Platform on a Slope, Greg Everett
Building A Lifting Platform on a Slope
Greg Everett  |  September 13 2007  |  Equipment
You want an outdoor weightlifting platform. Maybe indoor space is limited, or maybe you just want to boost testosterone with 20-rep squats in the sun. But for some silly reason, the folks who built your facility were concerned with water drainage and the area in which you want your platform is sloped. Sloped weightlifting platforms, it turns out, don't work well. I ran into this problem when building a weightlifting platform for NorCal Strength & Conditioning. Overcoming the slope t......
Modifying a Sled for Use on Cement, Greg Everett
Modifying a Sled for Use on Cement
Greg Everett  |  September 13 2007  |  Equipment
Pulling a metal sled on a cement surface is problematic for two primary reasons: first, the skids will eventually be ground away leaving you with an entirely useless piece of equipment, and two, the neighbors don't appreciate the sound of metal scraping over cement for extended periods of time. Instead of spending money on a new sled, spend $10 and 30 minutes on some aftermarket modification to allow the use of your current sled on the cement. You will need: A sled A stri......
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