The Swedish wall is a universal way to organize a compact home gym. There are models that will not clutter up even a small apartment.
And the ability to supplement the design with attachments (rings, rope, horizontal bar, punching bag, etc.) will allow you to diversify your workouts and give the right load to all muscle groups.
Types of Swedish walls
depending from the place of use Swedish walls are divided into:
- Home Swedish walls. More compact, but no less functional designs that can be made of both metal and wood.
- Street Swedish walls. Models are distinguished by impressive dimensions and the presence of additional equipment (swings, rings, long arms).
Such structures are most often made of metal – a material that is resistant to sunlight, moisture, and temperature extremes.
By design form there are:
- I-shaped. A variant that consists of two racks fastened with crossbars. The projectile takes up little space, but it will not be possible to hang additional equipment on it.
- L-shaped Swedish walls. Are completed with a horizontal bar in the top part.
- T-shaped Swedish walls. In structures of this type, the staircase is located in the middle, and hand walkers extend from it on both sides. Sports equipment is hung on these elements.
- U-shaped. Multifunctional sports centers designed for spacious rooms. You can attach many additional simulators to them.
- “Corner”. Such shells are ergonomic: with high functionality, they occupy a minimum of space. You can purchase as a ready-made corner version, or combine it from two models.
On simulators of this form, several people can work out at the same time.
According to the installation method allocate:
- Autonomous Swedish walls – free-standing simulators, wall-mounted or installed in a spacer between the floor and ceiling.
- Children’s sports complexes combined with a bunk bed or a loft bed.
This option saves space, but requires close attention when choosing: the load on the Swedish wall will be uneven, therefore, in the first place it will no longer be its functionality, but the strength of the fasteners.
Swedish walls are made of wood and metal or a combination of these materials. Wooden Swedish walls are made of environmentally friendly material – more often it is beech and pine.
Such designs are attractive in appearance and organically fit into the interior of the room. The wood is pleasant to the touch and has a natural anti-slip effect. In addition, impacts against wooden bars are easier to transfer than against steel elements.
But there are also disadvantages:
- The tree is short-lived, it quickly wears out, cracks, cracks, breaks.
- With poor-quality processing of the material, there is a high risk of getting a splinter.
- Wooden ladders are designed for less weight than metal counterparts.
Metal Swedish walls distinguished by strength, durability, the ability to withstand weight up to 200 kilograms.
Such simulators are little affected by adverse environmental factors, so they are often mounted outdoors: in the courtyard of a house or in a country house.
The diameter of the iron crossbars is smaller than the diameter of similar elements of wooden complexes, which makes metal shells more convenient for small children to use.
The disadvantages of products include:
- increased risk of injury compared to wooden stairs;
- cold material;
- sliding surface (conscientious manufacturers level this drawback by applying a special coating).
This characteristic divides sports complexes into 2 types:
- The wall Swedish wall fastens to a wall and occupies a minimum of the place.
- The spacer wall bars are installed at a distance between the floor and the ceiling.
The second option is easy to install. If necessary, the design is easily disassembled and moved to another part of the room or another room. But these complexes are unsuitable for rooms with stretch ceilings.
Wall bars are ergonomic, reliable and stable. They are attached to the load-bearing wall with fasteners. The disadvantage is the relative complexity of the installation and the need to drill holes.
There is also a third, mixed, type – when the structure is first screwed to the wall, and then installed and by surprise. This is the most reliable mount, not available in all cases.
Swedish walls are divided into the following types:
The first option does not provide for the possibility of transformation. These are static models. The only modification method is the hanging-removing of individual elements: ropes, rings, swings, etc.
Wall-transformers – an exit for small-sized rooms. They easily turn into functional sports corners that occupy half the room. At the end of the training, the structures are just as easy to assemble.
- children’s Swedish wall;
- Swedish wall for adults;
- universal Swedish wall.
Children’s sports complexes are designed for less weight than professional models. Most often they are made of wood, but metal options are also popular. Swedish walls for young athletes have an attractive bright design.
Since the leading activity of children is a game, simulators for them are supplied with additional elements: swings, slides, basketball hoops, trampolines.
There are options for the smallest – children from 1.5 to 6-7 years old. These are sports towns in which the dimensions of the simulators are adapted to the growth of young owners.
Adult models are often made of metal, as they are designed for more weight. They have increased strength. Such complexes are suitable for professional activities.
A universal solution is to buy a metal Swedish wall designed for a weight of more than 100 kg, suitable for both children and adults.
For a variety of leisure and activities of the child, it can be supplemented with swings and rings, and for training the muscles of parents – with a board for swinging the press, bars, and a bench for bench press.
Popular functional additions are:
- bars – fastened parallel to each other (and perpendicular to the wall) crossbars, on which you can hang and pull yourself up. Some models suggest the possibility of folding.
- Additional ladder, placed at an angle to the Swedish wall, gives new opportunities for training. Children like to climb from one projectile to another.
- Emphasis for the press – the design is a back with soft upholstery and armrests (and sometimes only armrests) hung on the wall.
Resting your elbows on the bars and pressing your back against the back, you need to pull your knees towards you or raise your straight legs, pumping the abdominal muscles.
- Stationary horizontal bar – this is a crossbar for hanging and pulling up, which is part of the Swedish wall structure and does not imply the possibility of moving (removing). Additional equipment can be hung on such a horizontal bar.
- Reversible horizontal bar – such models involve easy movement and installation at any height, which is important for training with children.
- Trapeze – a crossbar suspended at the desired height on two ropes.
- ruhokhod – a staircase starting from the upper part of the Swedish wall and located parallel to the floor. They move along it, clinging to the crossbars with their hands; more often it is the upper bar of U- and T-shaped complexes.
- Rope – a thick rope made of durable material (cotton or synthetics), usually tied at the bottom with a knot.
- Gymnastic rings – rings on a rope suspension, designed to perform exercises in the “hanging” position.
- Rope-ladder – equipment with wooden crossbars mounted on a suspension.
Climbing up it is not as easy as climbing a static ladder – this is a workout for the muscles of the arms, legs and back, the development of the vestibular apparatus and coordination of movements, foot massage and fun for children.
- gladiatorial net – a wooden frame with a mesh of durable material stretched between the slats. The projectile is designed for climbing.
It develops dexterity and coordination of movements, strengthens arms and legs, is a prop for playing pirates and climbers, and in combination can serve as a football goal in home children’s matches.
- Press bench – a board upholstered with soft material, clinging at one end to any crossbar, and resting on the floor with the other.
The resulting angle is the optimal position for training the press, since not all muscle groups are involved in the “lying on the floor” position.
- bench press – a simulator, which is a folding board for strength exercises, often equipped with barbell holders.
- Punching bag – equipment for handling blows, training the muscles of the arms and back and releasing negative emotions. Gloves are often included.
- Swing – an element indispensable for homes where there are children. Toddlers can swing for hours on a swing, training the vestibular apparatus and leg muscles.
- growth scale – a stadiometer that allows you to track changes in the growth of the child.
- Basketball hoop – projectile for the development of accuracy. Throwing the ball into the basket is a mandatory item in the physical education program; a child who trains at home can easily cope with such tasks in the classroom.
- Pylon – a metal pipe installed at a distance between the floor and the ceiling, designed to perform gymnastic studies. On the simulator you can climb up, training the muscles of the arms and legs and developing coordination of movements.
- Gymnastic bench – a projectile for training the muscles of the feet and developing a sense of balance. Exercises in the “lying” position on a flat, hard bench are good for the spine.
The advantages of the Swedish walls
The advantages of the Swedish walls include the following qualities and effects of the simulator:
- Ergonomics. Even for a small apartment, it is easy to choose a functional complex that will not clutter up an already modest space. Wall models and transformer models are appropriate here.
- Functionality. Additional equipment expands the scope of the complex.
- Durability. Modern simulators are designed for long-term active operation, therefore manufacturers pay close attention to the strength of materials and the reliability of fasteners.
- Availability. On sale you can find both budget options and expensive professional simulators.
- Benefit for the formation of a muscular corset. Strengthening the muscles of the arms, legs and back, giving an aesthetic shape to the buttocks and the press, maintaining the tone of the spine.
- Health promotion. Regular exercise on shells strengthens the immune system and alleviates the course of diseases of the nervous system.
- Cheerfulness. Sports training cheer up, energize, keep in good shape.
- Willpower training. Not all exercises are easy, in order to master some tricks on shells, you have to work hard.
- Ease of use. For classes on the Swedish wall, professional training is not required. A set of simple but effective exercises can be found on the Internet.
In the home gym, you can exercise at a convenient time – immediately after sleep, in the evening, on weekends. This saves hours on the road to the sports complex and back.
There is also a financial benefit – the cost of buying a wall will be less than the monthly expenses for subscriptions to a specialized club.
Another advantage is the absence of prying eyes. Studying at home, you do not have to worry about how you look from the outside.
Swedish wall – an opportunity to organize useful family leisure. It is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle and a way to instill in children the need for adequate exercise from an early age.
The disadvantages of the design include:
- Difficulty of transportation. It is not easy to deliver bulky boxes from the store in a car and place the container in an elevator.
- Difficulty of installation. To assemble the complex, you will have to think: study the scheme, select components.
- Static. Stationary equipment is difficult to move from one room to another or from one corner of the room to another, which creates problems during redevelopment and repair.
- Dissonance with the interior. Most often, a sports corner has to be placed in the living room or nursery, and it does not always fit harmoniously into the environment.
- Injury hazard. In the process of training, falls, hits on the bars and other injuries are not ruled out. Children, especially young children, should not be left alone with the simulator.
- Application restrictions. Before training on a projectile, in some cases it is worth consulting with doctors: if, for example, there are problems with the spine or some developmental features in children, not all exercises on the wall are allowed.
For every minus of the Swedish wall there is a counterargument.
A mat laid on the floor will help to avoid injuries when falling, transformer walls will save space, consultation of a specialist from the exercise therapy room will make the simulator accessible to people with health problems.
How to choose a Swedish wall
When choosing a Swedish wall, it is worth answering the questions:
- What are the dimensions of the room in which the simulator is planned to be placed?
- Who will use the construction – only children or adults too?
- What trainings are planned on the projectile?
- What are the features of the room: stretch ceilings, plasterboard walls, etc.
In a small room, it is better to purchase a compact transformer model, I- or L-shaped design.
The wall exclusively for children’s training can be wooden; in case of purchase for the whole family or for the future, it is better to stay on durable metal models.
Plans for the features of training influence the choice. This applies both to the possibility of completing with additional equipment, and the material: strength exercises, for example, are unacceptable on wooden complexes.
It is worth paying attention to the following details:
- anti-slip coating on the crossbars of metal models;
- soft upholstery on bars, handles, rings;
- careful processing of wooden elements – they must be smooth, excluding the possibility of splintering an arm or leg;
- the presence in the set of reliable mounts and carabiners for hanging equipment.
For a children’s room, environmentally friendly wooden structures are considered the best, it is more appropriate to put metal complexes on the street, it is advisable to choose an overall multifunctional wall in a spacious gym.
In a small room – a transformer or a wall-mounted product without additional equipment.
Which is better
General features that characterize the best wall bars:
- reliability of fasteners;
- lightness with appropriate dimensions;
- strength, allowing high loads;
- the presence of an anti-slip coating on the metal rungs;
- soft upholstery of surfaces that you have to hold on to during training: “horns”, rings, bars;
- lack of sharp corners, protruding bolts and other parts that increase the risk of injury;
- a well-established manufacturer in the market.
How to use
Following the rules for the operation of the Swedish walls will avoid unpleasant consequences in the form of injuries and breakdowns of the simulator:
- Follow the weight regime – on a complex designed for weights up to 80 kg, you should not deal with a person weighing a centner.
- If there are small children in the house who can climb the stairs on their own without adult supervision, you should take care of safety.
Remove some of the top bars or install a special limiter, which can be purchased at sporting goods stores.
- Gymnastic mats will help reduce the risk of injury: for I- and L-shaped structures, you will need one mat, for U- and T-shaped structures, at least 2.
- Before installing the equipment, it is worth briefing the children: talk about the dangers and precautions, explain that several people cannot be on the stairs at the same time, warn about the inadmissibility of pampering during training.
- Children should not be left alone in the sports corner – it is better if classes are held under the supervision of adults.
- You can not train during an exacerbation of diseases.
- Using the projectile for other purposes leads to breakdowns – for example, if you dry laundry on wooden beams, they will quickly dry out, swell and crack.
- Choose exercises for classes in accordance with age, physical fitness and health status.
- Take care of the sports complex: the crossbars should not be sticky, slippery or rough; periodically wipe the parts with a damp cloth, remembering to wipe the surfaces dry afterwards.
Active classes can begin at the age of one and a half years. Helpful for children:
- Hanging on the rings, horizontal bar or crossbar – the exercise aligns the spine, which is necessary for the correct formation of the child’s skeleton, and develops the ligaments of the hands.
- Pull up on the rings and horizontal bar.
- Climb a rope ladder.
- Squat, holding on to the crossbar located at chest level.
- Bend the body forward, standing with your back to the stairs on the lower rung and grabbing the upper beam itself with your hands.
- Hanging on a horizontal bar or crossbar, raise bent at the knees or straight legs.
- Do the “pendulum” exercise: hanging on the crossbar, swing your legs left and right.
- Ride on a rope, and then climb it up to a horizontal bar located under the ceiling.
Before exercising with a child at home, consult a pediatrician. Some conditions and pathologies are contraindications for training.
Sometimes it is more expedient to include elements of exercise therapy in classes, abandoning typical exercises that can harm a child with developmental disabilities.
It is useful for adults to periodically perform both part of the above exercises for children, and to conduct more complex workouts:
- pump the abdominal press on a special board;
- pull up with a different grip, training the biceps and back muscles;
- squat on one leg, placing the second on the lower crossbar and holding hands on one of the upper ones;
- do push-ups on the uneven bars, pumping the chest and arm muscles;
- hanging on the crossbar, spread your legs to the sides and cross.
The warranty period varies from one year to three to five years. During this time, malfunctions due to design imperfections and poor quality materials are eliminated by service centers free of charge.
The costs associated with the delivery of the product to the place of repair are usually not reimbursed. If it turns out that the equipment is out of order due to a violation of the operating rules specified in the product passport, the manufacturer is not responsible for this.
When purchasing a simulator, keep the cash receipt and warranty card, without these documents it is impossible to exercise the right to warranty service.
And the last thing: according to the legislation on the rights of the buyer, the product can be exchanged or returned (in its original packaging and presentation) within 14 days from the date of purchase.
Swedish wall – a simulator designed for active use. In the process of use, breakdowns and malfunctions sometimes occur. Most often, owners of sports corners have to deal with the following troubles:
- The wooden crossbar cracked – for safety reasons, the element should be removed immediately and eventually replaced with a new one.
- Loose fasteners – more often this problem occurs when the weight regime is not observed and is eliminated by tightening the nuts.
- The lining of a bench or a punching bag is torn – you can use the services of an atelier or sew up the hole yourself with a nylon thread.
- The fastenings of additional elements have broken: more often the trouble happens in transforming complexes, in which frequent folding and unfolding of equipment is provided.
In them, the lifting mechanisms of the bench for bench press or rocking the press fail.
There are several options here: cut the thread and strengthen the structure with a nut and washer, or use the services of a welder who will weld the leg to a metal platform on the floor.
Wall bars manufacturers
The following sellers have earned a good reputation in the Russian market:
- Effect-Sport – a store specializing in the sale of wall bars and sports equipment. The philosophy of the brand is attention to quality: cooperation with the best manufacturers, mandatory multi-level pre-sale control.
Buyers here are waiting for affordable prices, a wide range and guarantees.
- Inter Atletika – a seller of equipment of famous brands, providing customers with reasonable prices, discounts and guarantees for sports equipment from one to 10 years.
Here you can find simulators, wall bars, sports nutrition, equipment for the disabled, massage structures.
- Kampfer is a wholesaler of sports and massage equipment of popular brands, offering special conditions to customers: discounts, attractive prices, the possibility of purchasing at retail (for regular customers), various forms of payment.
- Karusel – the company specializes in the sale of equipment for children’s centers and playgrounds (trampolines, labyrinths, attractions).
But the assortment also includes high-quality Swedish walls and sports complexes (priority is given to street structures, there is also home equipment).
- leader – sports complexes of the series are designed primarily for children, although they are designed for a load of up to 100-150 kg. This is a wide range of high-quality safe structures of different sizes, which require additional equipment.
The product can be purchased on the official websites of sports stores.
- Midzumi is a well-established manufacturer of children’s and universal complexes for home and outdoors, the range of which is of high quality and a variety of models. The brand is widely represented in many stores.
- Pioneer – specialization of the manufacturer – supply of manuals and equipment for schools, kindergartens, outdoor playgrounds.
- Romana – a plant for gaming and sports equipment, the range of which includes various models of home sports complexes; products are safe and comply with state standards.
The Swedish wall is a useful acquisition that diversifies leisure and improves the health of all family members. The right equipment will turn a corner of an ordinary apartment into a full-fledged gym and will not cause any inconvenience to the inhabitants of the home.
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