DIY Gains: How to Build Your Own Reverse Hyper Machine for a Home Gym

DIY Gains How to Build Your Own Reverse Hyper Machine for a Home Gym, August 2021

If you weight train, you’ve likely heard about the benefits of having a strong posterior chain to your barbell lifts.

Posterior chain is essentially a fancy term for all of the muscles over the back of your body, including your lats, spinal erectors, glutes, hamstrings, and calves. 

This group of muscles play an integral role in your strength and stability during the big lifts in any weightlifting workout regime. A bulletproof posterior chain can not only improve your overall lift PRs, but can also greatly reduce your risk of injury from poor lifting form under the bar.

One of the most effective workout machines to help strengthen your posterior chain for those big barbell lifts? The reverse hyper machine is where true posterior chain gains can be built. 

However, this is easier said than done. Not only is the reverse hyper machine a lesser known piece of workout equipment, but it is also expensive to purchase. A quick online search will reveal that a durable reverse hyper machine from a well known supplier will cost you at least a grand, not including plates.

And, we all know that this global pandemic has only jacked up the cost of quality gym equipment for your home gym (alongside big supply shortages) which has made it harder for the self-motivated gym builders to get what they need.

So, what do you do? Sit around and wait until you have the money for your very own reverse hyper machine, or roll up your sleeves and build your own DIY reverse hyper machine?

If the latter option sounds more your style, this is the article for you. Today, I am going to go over detailed how-to steps so that you can build your own home reverse hyper machine.

DIY Reverse Hyper Machine: Materials and Tools

DIY Gains How to Build Your Own Reverse Hyper Machine for a Home Gym, August 2021

We have established that the reverse hyper machine is an incredibly effective piece of gym equipment, but buying one new will cost you a small fortune. Luckily, it is easy enough to build your own reverse hyper machine using standard construction materials and tools.

To build your own DIY reverse hyper machine, you will need the following materials and tools before you get started:

Materials Required for DIY Reverse Hyper Machine

Quantity

2 inch by 4 inch by 8 foot Lumber

4

2 inch by 2 foot ¾ Plywood

1

8 inch ¾ Black Iron Pipe

2

10 inch ¾ Black Iron Pipe

2

24 inch ¾ Black Iron Pipe

1

¾ T-Junctions

2

¾ Flanges

2

4 foot 1.25 inch Wood Dowel

1

50 2.5” Pocket Hole Screws

1 Box

Fixed Wheel Casters

2

I was able to find these materials through a mixture of online and in-store shopping at my local hardware store.

After adding up my final costs, I spent a total of $85.00 on my home reverse hyper machine, a huge saving in comparison to the minimum $1000.00 retail cost. 

Tools Required for DIY Reverse Hyper Machine

Circle saw, miter saw, or table saw

Power Drill

Speed Square

Pocket Hole Jig

1 inch Spade Bit

1.25 inch Spade Bit

If you are missing any of the equipment listed about, I recommend inquiring at your local hardware store or checking Amazon for availability.

To build your DIY reverse hyper machine, you will need everything listed above (no cutting corners- save that for the building process!). 

Home Reverse Hyper Machine: Step by Step Instructions to Build Your Own

DIY Gains How to Build Your Own Reverse Hyper Machine for a Home Gym, August 2021

1. Begin by building the pipe arm. This is the swinging arm that holds your weighted plates below your home reverse hyper machine, and creates resistance during the exercise.

  • Get your 24 inch Black Iron Pipe and screw a T-Junction into each end of it.
  • Get your 24 inch Black Iron Pipe and screw a T-Junction into each end of it.
  • In the top T-Junction, screw in two 10 inch pipes.
  • At the bottom, screw in two 8 inch pipes. This is where the flanges will screw in and out, to allow you to load this pipe arm with weights and then tighten the flanges to ensure the weights stay in place during the exercise.
  • Tighten the connections on all pipes and T-Junction to complete your home reverse hyper machine pipe arm.

2. Next comes the side frames that will serve as a stable base for your DIY reverse hyper machine.

Note that you can make modifications to the size of your home reverse hyper machine to suit your individual needs; the dimensions I am sharing with you are standard and meant to suit the majority of gym users. 

3. Once you have the pipe arm and frames assembled, you will build the cross braces for your home reverse hyper machine. 

These go across the front and back of the reverse hyper machine to hold the side frames in place.

  • Change the angle of your saw from 15 degrees to 0 (no angle).
  • Cut your last 2x4 into (4) equal 21” pieces.
  • On both ends of each of these 4 cut pieces, drill two pocket holes
  • Now it is time to drill the holes that the two wooden dowels will sit in as handles on your reverse hyper machine: first, stack two of the cut pieces. Put a 4.5 inch mark from each end of them and on those marks, use the 1.25 inch Spade Bit to drill a hole completely through the top piece, and halfway through the bottom one. 
  • To make the handles, cut your 4 foot 1.25 inch Wood Dowel in half and insert these two pieces into the 1.25 inch Spade Bit holes you made.

4. At this point, you are almost done building your DIY reverse hyper machine. Now, it is time to assemble the individual pieces. 

  • Using your pocket screws, put the side frames upright and attach the first cross brace to the front and bottom of them.
  • Grab the pipe arm and insert its 10” segments into the holes at the top of the frame.
  • The distance between the side frames should be 21 inches. If your side frames are further apart than that, you will want to deepen those holes the pipe arm is sitting in.
  • Add the remaining cross braces.
  • Now you are going to make your 2 inch by 2 foot ¾ Plywood into the top of the reverse hyper machine. You have two options here, depending on how customized your home reverse hyper machine will be: if you want an exact fit on the top of the machine, cut one side of the plywood to 18 inches. If you want the top to be slightly wider than the base, which allows you to add wrap around cushioning to it, cut the plywood to 20 inches.
  • Using screws, secure this plywood top to the reverse hyper machine’s frame.
  • Insert the wood dowel pieces into those front holes as the machine’s handles. A slight tap of a hammer will help ensure they are tight in place.
  • To complete your reverse hyper machine, you will need a foot strap that attaches around the bottom T of the pipe arm. You can buy one, but to make your reverse hyper machine completely DIY, consider using an old dog leash or belt. 

Additional Tips for Home Reverse Hyper Machines

DIY Gains How to Build Your Own Reverse Hyper Machine for a Home Gym, August 2021

Now that you're done assembling your reverse hyper machine, give it a go! 

If you notice the machine feels unstable, go ahead and add more cross braces to hold the side frames together and keep the machine balanced.

Just make sure you don’t block the path of the swinging pipe arm.

I also opted to add a cushioned top using a square of old carpet I had at home to give my reverse hyper machine more comfort and traction while I used it. For an even more convenient experience, add caster wheels to the back of the machine so that you can move it around your home gym with ease.

Closing Thoughts

Not many people immediately think about building their own machines when it comes to setting up a home gym, but it's a solution nonetheless.

A reverse hyper machine is something that can be extremely useful for athletes and lifters looking to improve their accessory muscles and luckily for you, this guide has shown you that it's possible to make your own.

All and all, by following these steps you can have your very own home reverse hyper machine without worrying about shopping, budget-breaking prices, or high shipping costs. Plus, it is completely customizable to suit your personal needs and fitness goals.

Denver Matheson
 

I spend a lot of time at the gym and even more time in the kitchen giving my body what it needs to repair itself and grow stronger. The third most important place for any athlete is their research zone. That's exactly why this site exists, to help me share all of the information I've learned throughout the years just like people did for me in the first place!

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