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Mike D.

Ohio, USA

Does anyone have or know where I can get a design for a squat platform? I've finally found a decent multi-exercise machine (woohoo!) and want to build one for it. I saw a thread mention a design being available on the IART website, but I wasn't able to find it. Thanks.


Mike
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jack32

mike,

i will try to ask roger schwab tomorrow. he had the platform.

not sure if it's in storage or gone.
if it's still around, i'll see if i can get measuements and/ or company he secured it from.

jack
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FortCollinsFan

The platform for OME
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The front support feet. They rest on the second steps (from the top). This unit was made out of 7 gauge steel with 1/4 inch diamond plate and 1/2 inch plated steel. This platform is really just a box with one set of feet that are shorter and sit on the second steps and the diamond plate attaches into the top steps.

The platform at Schwab's Mainline Fitness is made of thinner steel so there is some flex. My platform never bends, you can park ur car on this. If you need better pics I will try to post them, these were taken with my camera phone.
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Bump for WesH
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WesH

Thanks! I'm going to get my drawings together from this and go see my welder. Something I should have learned and never did.
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FortCollinsFan

Make it out of 7 gauge steel and use 1/4" diamond plate with 1/2"plated steel for the legs. You want this heavy duty with no flex and you want it to stay in place. I took off the top stairs of my OME and I pin this platform to the top stairs where the bolt holes are for the steps. Fitz made this platform years ago for me. He is the man behind the FredX line of equipment, Nautilus retro-fits and total redesign/repurpose of commercial equipment. He is the Man when it comes to training Old School and welding Old School, not to mention having split biceps with crazy peak.

As one of the bodybuilding greats mentioned to him years ago at a local gym, you have the upper body to win the Mr. America title. I have seen the pics and this was spot on.

FCF
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simon-hecubus

Texas, USA

Mike D. wrote:
Does anyone have or know where I can get a design for a squat platform?... I saw a thread mention a design being available on the IART website, but I wasn't able to find it. Thanks.Mike


I remember that thread. The guy made his platform out of plywood. I may have that saved in a file at work and will check.
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fritz139

FCF

Thank you.

Fritz139
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oldwarhorse

I stood across from Fritz 139 in a bodybuilding show.He won "most muscular".I remember coming out of the dressing room and they lined us up.I then looked over and saw Fritz.He had the best upperbody I could imagine. Ripped abs and giant arms.I thought I was going to start crying.It was a long drive home and I knew I was going home empty handed.This was in 1972.A long time ago and I still remember it like yesterday.I still train with Fritz and he still looks great at 69 years young!!!
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simon-hecubus

Texas, USA

Mike D. wrote:
Does anyone have or know where I can get a design for a squat platform?... I saw a thread mention a design being available on the IART website, but I wasn't able to find it. Thanks.Mike


simon-hecubus wrote:
I remember that thread. The guy made his platform out of plywood. I may have that saved in a file at work and will check.


Sorry if I got your hopes up, but that file is not in my archives. I checked my binders and no-go there either.

Maybe an e-mail to Brian J is in order? Perhaps our friend Andrew has some ideas where that would be squirreled away.
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fritz139

Old War Horse


Thank you. As always, you are very kind.


fritz139
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jmcb

Fritz139
Would you fill us in on some of your machine modifications? You have mentioned them in the past and I'd love to hear more!
Jim
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Jim

I presently have in my basement gym the following:

a. Nautilus NG deline press converted to a standing shrug.
b. Nautilus NG bench press converted to a seated press.
c. grip device with 150lb nautilus weight stack.
d. Wrist curl machine, chain driven (with NG ab cam) and 150lb nautilus weightstack, that uses a OME revolving handle for rotation.
e. Rehabed a very old multi-bicep.
f. Altered chain and installed 10 degree NG cams on NG bicep. (fantastic feel)( gave to friend)
g. Modified BodyMasters(Old) 45 degree incline to parallel grip 60 degree incline(plate loaded)
h. Converted 10 degree NG to lateral raise. (gave away)
i. Converted NG overhead pulldown to dip with modified cam/chain configuration etc. (Gave to friend).

Presently, just completed a forearm bench similiar to Atlantis model. It is awaiting sanding and paint. I purchase my pads now since Commercial companies do such a superior job.

I train at a local YMCA in Queens in addition to at home and with OWH and am in the process of duplicating a incline bench that I enjoy at the "Y".

I've made log bars, farmers walk implements of various handle thicknesses and configurations, etc, etc...

I'm retired from the NYPD, am healthy and have plenty of time to indulge my hobby.
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jmcb

Fritz
Thanks for the info. You have been both creative and ambitious! I looked up that atlantis forearm bench. Ever thought about a pronation/supination unit? I've done the needle bearing & chain replacement to my machines. I've also built a leverage pro/sup device & several wrist curl bars.
Jim
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oldwarhorse

Fritz aka Fredex made me an amazing calf machine,a wrist roller with pillar block bearings and a weight stack,low row pulley with kevlar belt and Nautilus weight stack,power plus shrug from a power plus bench press that hurt my shoulder,farmers walk implements,handles with hooks for using rubber bands,hyperextension bench,power rack,squat rack,various grip machines with 1/2 inch bars to get close together,various chinning bars to go in rafters with hand parallel grips,modified an OME to use the chinning section as parallel bars.He can make anything and they all work great.Every time I need something special I dial 1-800- fredex!!!
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jmcb

There were some amazing bodybuilders from that part of the country. You two must have some stories to share. I can think of Ortiz,Poole,Draper,Caputo,Ferrigno, and Michalek off the top of my head. Wasn't Leroy Colbert from near there?
Jim
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fritz139

Jim

LeRoy Colbert was from the city and I saw him on many occasions at the East Side BB Club on Clinton St and at Goldbergs on Rivington Street along with Marvin Eder, Ray Jiminez, and Bruce Randall (Incredible). I didn't know these men they were all older but they were all very kind to an awestuck kid from Queens.

I again used to say hello to LC and Draper when they worked at the Weider Offices on Hudson Ave in jersey City. My cousins lived a short distance away.

Ortiz/Ferrigno, I have seen around. Caputo never met.

Some of the more interesting people I trained with are Bill Cerdas, Steve Michalich (17 yrs old),George Schumacher,Santo Leone, Frankie "the Flash" Curcio, Andy Bostinto, Joe Marino (terrific business man and person) and the one and only Al Fives, one of the most pleasant and naturally strongest persons you would care to meet.

I trained occassionally at Sam and Lou Degnis Gym on Braddock Ave in Queens (Mike Barnett/Jerry Eichwald/Paul Fiest) and was a long time member at the Parson Blvd "Y" in Jamaica where I met Jimmy Morris (Hell of a nice guy). I went to HS with Al Oerter and a fellow by the name of Pat Cummings who was fantastic and a boyhood hero of mine.

In the NYPD I met and trained with John Leitgeb, a tremendously powerful guy, combining weightlifting power with an awesome physique.

I could never forget to mention the man who got me started. Dan Lurie, 1951, Forest Park. He was having a picnic with his family when I saw "Sealtest Dan " what a gracious, kind man.

With the advent of steriods in the early sixties, the "golden age" was over. The new millenium has brought about HRT for guys my age, so the cheating starts all over again.

Thanks for asking Jim.
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jmcb

FCF
Could you take a tape measure and reverse engineer the platform?
Jim
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Fitz139
I remember reading about Eder dipping with some heavy weight. Didn't Oerter compete for many years? I'm up by Rochester. I trained with Pete Grymkowski at the old Rochester Turners club gym in the early 1970s. He placed 2nd to Michelak in the 1972 Mr America. Morris edged him out in 1973. Danny Padilla also came out of that gym. I beleive all the top guys at that place were on juice.
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Jim

I never worked out with Eder, he's John Leitgeb's age, about 10 years my senior. As a 12 year old, my friend and I were walking past 90 Clinton (my Aunt lived on east 4th St) and heard the clanging of the weights and so we went upstairs and asked if we could watch. Did this on many occasions, saw Eder press (if my memory serves me correctly) on a crude wooden incline, 120's, for numerous repetitions. Very impressive man.

Another great guy I forgot to mention (don't get old) was Eddie Guiliani. We both trained at the Olympia Gym in Ridgewood Qns (still there). What a Gentleman and what a physique. My wife and I lived by him and were invited over and met his family. Just a great guy. Eddie followed his dream, I believe in 1968 and moved to California.

Jim, if your having difficulty with the OME platform, I'll look for my shopdrawings. FCF was very specific about how he wanted the step constructed. He should,FCF is a strong guy and probably witnessed more than a few people get hurt in the gym with less than adequate equipment.

Thanks for going down memory lane with me.

Fritz
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FortCollinsFan

Fitz your too kind. If anyone is in the NY area please feel free to stop by and check the platform out yourself. It really is a work of art. If Fitz cannot find the drawings, I will measure it out for you guys.

FCF
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