How to Build Your Own Weight Training With Pulleys

You don't need to go to the gym to have access to cables.

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Probably the most important thing missing from most home gyms is a versatile pulley system. This do-it-yourself pulley system is neither hard to build nor expensive yet gives you an incredible array of exercises for the entire body. With just a quick stop beforehand at your local hardware store, you can have your own at-home pulley system built in well under an hour.

Attaching the Pulley


Locate a sturdy overhead beam with adequate room underneath. Using the ladder and cordless drill, drill a pilot hole 2 inches deep. Avoid getting sawdust in your eyes by wearing goggles.


Start screwing the eye hook screw into the pilot hole by hand. Once it's tightened, insert the screwdriver into the eye of the screw and use the leverage to screw it in farther.


Attach the carabiner to the eye hook and pulley.

Attaching the Metal Cord


Make a loop on one end of the metal cord. Secure the loop by tightening the wire rope clip with the screwdriver. Use electrical tape to cover any loose ends. Attach a carabiner to the loop.


Run the metal chain through the weights and attach them to the carabiner. Run the free end of the metal cord through the pulley. Using the screwdriver and the other metal rope clip, make a small loop 1 foot above the top of your head with the line taut. This will ensure tension when doing triceps pushdowns and other standing exercises. Attach the carabiner.


If there's any excess wire that might get caught in the pulley when the weights are near the ground, cut it off with the wire cutters. Cover any loose ends with electrical tape. Attach the bar, rope or whatever device you us to perform the exercises.

Things Needed

  • Metal cord
  • 3 carabiners
  • 2 wire rope clips
  • Eye hook screw
  • Sturdy overhead beam
  • Pulley
  • 6-foot metal chain
  • Weights
  • Various attachments
  • Goggles
  • Electrical tape
  • Cordless drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill bit
  • Ladder
  • Wire cutter


  • A similar setup can be used with other types of ceilings or fixtures such as concrete or metal. Use the correct anchoring parts for the different materials.
  • If you'd like to set up a station for cable flys or rear-delt work, repeat the process on a beam 8 to 12 feet apart from the first.


  • Always check the pulley to see if parts have come loose from use. The weak link in this setup will likely be the eye hook screw. Check it routinely.