AS ALWAYS, CALL ME FIRST
I’m here for you. At times people hesitate to reach out for fear of learning things they don’t want to know. But trust me when I say knowledge is safety. You don’t want to call me AFTER something happens. If you are contemplating an outdoor pull up rig, I’d be happy to review your lease to see if there’s any language that would prohibit you from doing so. Other members of the AG family are butterflying outdoors. We can discuss what rig they purchased and important points to consider AFTER your install is complete. Like…..
A PROPER INSTALL
You don’t want to call a neighbor and install this bad boy as you share a 12-pack. Please call a licensed and insured contractor to for the install. Your outdoor rig must be properly secured with to a solid surface such a brick building or a concrete wall. Mounting the rig to a structure instead of the ground provides an extra layer of stability and security.
If you are buying Rogue, I’m not worried about the construction of the actual rig. If you are going the homemade route, PLEASE do not use galvanized threaded steel. Both your indoor and outdoor rigs should be made of proper steel to prevent equipment failure and potential injury.
REMEMBER THE WEATHER
I’ve seen it a few times too many. People doing pull ups on an outdoor rig in the heat can cause second and third degree burns. Kipping pull ups is hard enough on the hands, but add soaring temperatures and you could have a hospital trip on your hands. Literally. Here’s a sensical rule of don’t burn your thumb: if it hurts too touch it, don’t! When Memorial Murph is planned, don’t let your members decide. If it’s too hot to safely do pull ups outside without burning your hands, just don’t let them. (Same goes for handstand walks on asphalt or black mats.)
Wet rigs can also do a serious number on the hands. Try 21-15-9 on a misty rig and your rips could be severe. Tears are not as cool as they look on Facebook. They are very painful and a serious risk for infection.
KEEP IT CLEAN
Ever see those outdoor pull up bars at Muscle Beach in Cali? As tempting as they are to hop on: BEWARE. There’s no chalk buckets around them, but plenty of sunscreen on hands and subsequently on those bars! This won’t be as much of an issue at your outdoor set up, but it’s still a good idea to clean the rig once a week during the high traffic seasons.
A good solid powder coat on your rig will help tremendously. Raw steel rusts very easily, and rust causes injuries. Rusty rigs can also crack…. And we all know that crack can kill.
BEWARE OF TRESPASSING
This is the most important part. As members of the AG family, I’m certain that you don’t let anyone move at your box without signing a waiver. This waiver will transfer to your outdoor pull up rig. But what about after hours when you are not open? Your outdoor set up will be like an idiot magnet. It will attract the young and old who have no business being near it. No bueno! Create a simple sign that says: BEWARE. For CrossFit Felix athletes only. If you trespass, you ARE at your own risk.
If you have an outdoor rig, give me a call to discuss any concerns. Good common sense can go a long way!