Building a Home Outdoor Gym – Design Work

One of the dreams I’ve had since getting into calisthenics, is to design and install my own home outdoor gym.

After moving to Jannali in the Sutherland Shire, I’ve decided it’s time to make it happen!


This post will cover the design and planning stage.

We’re doing this as a smaller part of a complete redesign of our back yard, so in order to get a proper design drawn up, I enlisted the help of Johnny Derwent of Jack Williamson Design.


After checking out our garden, Johnny asked me to draw up a pull-up bar design. Here is the rather messy scribbled design!


Thankfully Johnny was able to unravel my mess and turn it into this awesome pull-up bar design.


The gym will feature the following:

  • Pull-up bar at 2.5m (anything taller than this requires planning permission)
    • Bars will be roughly 4cm in diameter and 1.5m wide.
  • A 1 meter gap and then another pull-up bar followed by monkey bars
    • Each monkey bar will be 30cm apart, allowing enough room to do a pull-up in-between.
  • A descent down to a 2 meter bar.
  • A fireman’s pole for clutch and human flags.
  • Parallel dip bars.

The bars are being built by Marcus & Rose Manufacturing, a steel manufacturing company based in the Sutherland Shire.

The area that the bars are being installed currently looks like this


As you can see, there is a lot of work to be done!

The next few posts will cover the demolition work, installing a retaining wall, steps and of course the actual pull-up bar itself.

I plan to do as much of this myself (with help from friends) as I can, stay tuned for these updates.

By |2017-06-11T15:20:15+00:00November 9th, 2016|Outdoor Gym|3 Comments

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Dave Mace is the founder and head coach of Maximum Potential Calisthenics. He takes great pleasure in motivating and inspiring others to succeed with their own bodyweight training. Success for him is measured in helping others (and himself) to achieve their maximum potential and perform feats of strength that you once thought were impossible! Read more


  1. Kevin James McAuley February 13, 2017 at 7:48 am - Reply

    Hey Dave,
    I would love to see a follow up to this.
    How did the gym turn out and how much did it cost in total?
    Looks awesome though!

    • Dave Mace March 1, 2017 at 12:22 pm - Reply

      Hey Kev, I’ll get a follow up to this once I have it all finished. I abandoned the idea of doing it myself as it was a little too complex in the end.

    • Dave Mace June 8, 2017 at 7:01 am - Reply

      The gym is now setup and in use. I’ll get a post out in the next week or so with some pictures 🙂

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