I was looking for DIY squat stands ideas recently.
One particular model stood out – the car rim squat stands. They seem to be used in gyms across the world.
Do you know of other DIY squat stands? Share them in the comments. The simpler the better.
Here is Manolo Campos using them.
Boston has them too.
Also popular in Germany.
Dan Weierich says
Wow, athlete from Boston is snatching 190 kg? Who is this athlete?
It is a “just” pull. Click the photo to get to the video.
Dan Weierich says
Ah ok, I see it now. It would great opportunity to train with guys like this someday!
Jon North says
polovnikov, yasha kahn are all frequents at norwood weightlifting center (as seen in the photo)
When we need an extra rack, we just pull out the jerk blocks. I keep a movers dolly in the gym so I can move the whole stack at once.
Dan Chao says
Same. I just use my jerk blocks to double as adjustable pulling blocks and a rack with some wood blocks for stoppers if need be.
have used $20 plastic shelves for yrs w/ loads over 500lbs — the trick is to make a plywood top so the stress is spread to the whole structure which is rated to hold it
Dan Chao says
looks like phyziks is pretty fμN
can you provide more details please?
Here’s one i built myself. I needed something that could be taken appart and stored. Obviously i don’t squat nearly as much as there guys but for now it works well and was cheap to build…
The Rim Squat Stands look quite nice. Have not seen them before. I’ll try to make and post some pictures of my DIY Squat/Dip/Yoke stand.
Looking forward to seeing it.
I made these, one of them ended up setting a tiny bit crooked so they’re a tiny bit wobbly but as long as I make sure the bar’s still before stepping away they do just fine even on my slightly slanted driveway.
Yeah, looks like the base could be a bit wider, but good stands overall!
They have ’em down in Puerto Rico, too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyL8Jz-WRuM
Used to use builders trestles for a few years. They’ll hold upwards of 300kgs which I’ll never outgrow!
Hello and sorry for coming late to this thread. My car rim based squat posts are almost done, I have the poles and I have the rims, I only have to weld them together. Sorry no photos yet.
However I have a question that I could not answer by looking at the photos and videos posted above.
Question is, do you have to fill the rim with concrete to be heavier?
My rims are ordinary car rims of 8 kg, pole is 135 cm high, but even just putting the hole thru the hole of the rim has a wobbly feeling. I am scared it would tip over easily. Or is it the opposite under load? I calculated and these rims would be over 30 kg filled with concrete each, compared to 8 kg now being empty. What do you think? Thank you in advance. Great site.
8kg sounds light for the rims, but how easy it is to tip it over is more determined by
1) how high the center of gravity is above the base
2) the base area
3) weight of the base, which becomes more and more important the smaller the base gets
So it is possible to have a light stand that is not easy to tip over, if it has a large enough base (think of normal stands build with pipes).
That being said I would put them together, do some test runs (135cm seems low) and then decide if you need to add more weight.
Thank you very much, Gregor. I also thought to start with empty ones, and see how it works. Then my plan B is to put the unused weight plates into the empty space of the rim. Now they are lying around on the floor, and can be used as added weight here. And plan C is to put concrete into the rim. All the best!
Once again, thank you so much, Gregor. By now my set of car rim squat stands is ready and we did some tests on it already. It seems stable without concrete, I could not tip it over.
I have taken some photos, in case you are interested.
1. Both posts holding a bar on both hooks: the higher one @135 cm for squatting and the lower one @95 cm for bench press.
2. The bottom part, rim and the pole connected to it. No concrete, but some weights lying around the floor were tossed into the rim.
3. The squat hook at 135 cm height.
4. The bench press hook at 95 cm height.
5. Pole to rim welding. Pole is 40x40x2 mm iron post.
6. Important: pole is going down to the ground!
Once again, thank you for your support.
That looks fantastic. Glad it worked out for you.
Sorry for the upload problems, it really is out of my control. It told me there was upload error, but then it uploaded some photos multiple times, and now I cannot take it out.
Please delete the duplicates, if you can.