hobo den 2.0 is now operational
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its pretty solid and i have the rack anchored to the platform with carriage bolts through the bottom. there's about 100 screws and two tubes of construction adhesive holding the ply together, and the mats are held in place with the rack's carriage bolts. the platform isn't entirely level, and the two stall mats vary in thickness as seen above, but its close enough where i'd be squatting and deadlifting. i'm just happy that i can really go for broke now... i dumped 400lb from squatting rack position to test it out, and while it was fucking scary, it held up extremely well. i had shitty hole spacing on my last rack so the pins couldn't catch a failed bench press, but now i have a sweet spot where i can arch and have the bar miss the pins but relaxing will allow the bar to rest safely. there's other nice little bonuses... its a higher unit so i can actually do hanging leg raises now, and i can do banded pullups with my legs extended instead of around my knees, etc. little stuff for sure, but it makes a big difference when you have a simple setup.
i suppose i technically lost some functionality since i don't have space for the cable stack anymore, but it was a shitty unit and i get the same utility out of bands. i also sold a lot of excess standard plate, ez-curl bar, etc. since all of that shit + the cable stack ended up making me major in the minor details. even though i just swapped out racks and lost a cable unit, my programming has changed pretty significantly as a result. i made the best gainzz when i had a really limited setup so im pretty excited to simplify things.