Christians Ironmaster Half Rack Gym

Big thanks to Christian for sending in a pic of his Ironmaster Half Rack Gym. Absolute classic demonstration of how you can turn a garage into a complete home gym.

ironmaster half rack gym

This is what Christian had to say about his new home gym…….

Hi Francis,

Just thought I’d let you know I put the equipment together over the weekend. Took me a little while, but that’s ok (it was kinda like therapy! Lol).

Attached a couple of “before & after” pics for your reference, fits great in my limited space.

I’ve been involved in the fitness industry in the past, having worked in sales for an international distributor of commercial equipment. So I have a little bit of experience in this area and I have to say I’m really impressed with Both Ironmaster Rack and Bench!

Construction and components are super solid. I haven’t bolted to the ground, but even so re-racking 100kg plus or doing chin-ups and the rack feels very secure. Equally, the bench is great – very sturdy. I like the seat configuration too.

P.S. The Barbell is a beauty!


If you have been following my cool home gym/testimonial posts you are probably getting sick of me crapping on about how good these set ups are. Well I am going to say it again. As a matter of fact Christian and myself might be long lost brothers as we have got nearly identical bike set ups.

An Ironmaster free weight set up plus a push bike is all you will ever need. Bang out some squats, bench press, chin ups, deadlifts and hit the bike. That way you only need to hit the weights a couple of times per week – compound movements like this deliver great bang for buck. Instead of doing hours of work on your inner chest or rear delts, get outside and go for a ride. I love it. It keeps you fresh mentally, so you will never get sick of training.

We also share a passion for the old Power Maxx 1500lbs barbell. This would have to be the best value Olympic barbell going around. This is what I use in my gym. Don’t get me wrong, the ATX barbells are great and well worth the money. But we are always struggling to get enough stock, so I would feel guilty if I was using one and one of our customers had to wait.

On top of that, there is nothing wrong with my barbell even though it is years old and copped a hard time. So I sort of want to keep using it to see how long the thing will last. I don’t think I will ever find out, cause I will be pushing up daisy’s long before I ever wear it out.

So if you are like Christian and have a garage that you are not really using, just get a quality squat rack package. It won’t break the bank or take up a lot of space. Plus you will get better results than if you are tinkering around in a chock a block 24hr gym.