DIY Training Pulley System


I’m pleased to announce the beginning of my #tryhardthursday blog post and video series! Every Thursday I vow to publish a post and a video regarding something climbing related. Suggestions are welcome. Stay tuned for the sickest amateur videos I can offer. 🙂

Okay, so I’m starting off with something that is a bit boring, but only because this device will make it into many future videos. I mean, it’s a cool device. But don’t worry, future videos won’t be DIYs.

Video posted below!

Do It Yourself Training Pulley System

Can’t do a full pull-up on your own? Finger workouts are too difficult? Want to start training one arm pull ups? You just might enjoy adding this pulley system to your training routine – and it’s super easy to set up and use. You can definitely buy things like this pre-made, but I just like the simplicity and cheapness of this alternative. We’ve been using one in our gym for a while now and it’s quite a popular feature. If you can’t do something like this in your gym, you can easily set up something like this in your home underneath your beastmaker.

what you need: 

  • hook
  • 2m+ rope (or strong cording)
  • clothesline wheel
  • 2 carabiners
  • sloper ball or harness
  • weights

set up

Limited tools and experience are required for this set up, which speaks to me personally. It is so easy to set up. Really! I’d say the hardest part of this whole thing is committing to putting holes in your walls. But, I can assume that if you already have a hangboard or beastmaker set up you couldn’t care less.

  1. Feed your rope through the wheel.
  2. Tie knots with loops at each end of the rope. The loops are necessary for attaching the carabiners.
  3. Attach the carabiners to each end. They don’t necessarily have to be strong ones either as you can see from this picture (the blue one is a keychain). They should be fine, but if you want to play it safe, buy some cheap bail biners.
  4. Attach the sloping ball to one end or leave empty if you are using a harness instead. The other end we will also leave empty for now, as that end will hold the weight.


    It should look like this now!

  5. Take the hook and screw in to the wall below your hangboard/beastmaker. It doesn’t matter which way the hook is facing, but I prefer to having the open part facing away from me for safety purposes.
  6. Place your wheel in the hook. There should be part separate from the wheel that moves back and worth, and that is the part to attach to the hook.
  7. Place your weight on one end, and attach yourself to the other.
  8. Chalk up and workout!

Hook is screwed into the wall, and wheel is set up.

how to use

screen-shot-2016-10-04-at-2-26-17-pmVery simple! The sloper ball goes between your legs (or, you attach yourself via harness), and you add weight to the other side. As pulleys do, they change the direction of the force to take away some of your weight. So, if you attach 20lbs to the other side of the pulley and you yourself are 150lbs, you will ultimately do a pull up as if you weighed 130lbs. The added weight is taking some of the burden off of you. You can add as much or as little as you want, depending on what you’re working and the difficulty of the exercise.

Hopefully you go to a fancy gym with this type of equipment already in place, but if not, you might be able to convince them to set up something like this. It poses zero safety hazards which is great (I shouldn’t say zero… that’s doomed for failure). Plus, it’s really cheap and can be taken down and set back up when needed. As you can tell from the pictures, ours is set up in our gym but our gym is also different from most gyms.

Best of luck building your own, and I hope it makes your workouts at least slightly more tolerable. 🙂

Climb on xx

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