Building my Home Gym

I have long wanted a climbing wall at home in order to train on as and when I wanted. This idea developed and expanded and now I have ended up with a home climbing training wall, professional treadmill and fingerboard.

A few of my friends started getting home walls built in their garages, garden or lofts. I felt that the ability to train when I liked would be great and starting looking at how and where I could build my own wall. I purchased some pre-drilled boards for home walls and they arrived with a few basic holds. I looked at various designs and websites and costed a simple A frame type wall pree standing at the bottom of the garden. The cost of the wood still made it quite expensive as it would have to endure all weathers. This is where the idea stayed for over a year.

Fingerboard installed above door

In the meantime I obtained a fingerboard and installed this across the door from our kitchrn to the conservatory which use to be the external wall to the house so was substantial enough to hold it. Next came the treadmill.

Professional Treadmill

Obtained from ebay at a fraction of the cost of a new one. It’s functionality includes incline settings, pulse monitoring, various program sets, fully recorded activity logs and ipod dock. It’s great for those long dark, wet evenings when running outside is unpleasant.

Climbing Wall in open position

With the purchased climbing wall boards clogging up the shed we looked to building the wall, in a flash of inspiration we thought about the large conservatory we had and if we could build the wall in there. We looked at the design and decided that any wall if possible would have to retract against the wall when not in use. We then contacted a local company Folly Patterns, a patternmaking, joinery and carpentry company whom visited and came up with the design. They

Locking in up position

  Locking Bar in place

Locking bolt in down position

proposed a metal frame on which the boards would be mounted and hinged at the bottom so be stored vertically. when in position two horizontal bars would be pinned in place to provide extra strnegth and safety.

Folly Patterns made the metal frame off-site and then brought it in on the day of installation. It took them a day to install and make sure that it was safely bolted to the wall and that safety chains were fixed. On completion the wall look great but bare. A quick post on my Facebook Page asking if anyone had any old holds resulted in offers from various friends. We now have more holds than we know what to do with giving us the chance to reset the wall more often. Particular thanks to the generouslity of Matt Cousins and Freddie High amongst others.

Climbing Wall down and in use

Thanks too to the Douglas Bader Foundatiuon who’s grant help finance the wall and make aan idea a reality.

December 7th, 2017 by