How to Install the Apollo
Important Safety Instructions
- 2 people are required to install the APOLLO multigym.
- Each person must wear steel toed and steel shank foot wear.
- The person using the hammer drill must wear safety glasses.
- Hammer Drill
- Four 6 ¼” long x ¾” diameter zinc plated wedge anchors or threaded rod &
- Ratcheting Socket Wrench set, Loctite & Level
Concrete Base Requirements
Maximizing space with a small footprint
Built to maximize outdoor fitness opportunities in a small area, our multigyms have an incredibly small footprint, so you can find an endless variety of locations for installation without being obstructive.
Existing Concrete Base
The easiest location for the APOLLO is on a level area where there is an existing 6” of thick concrete slab measuring 14 x 14' that is structurally sound. With this foundation to set up on, and a minimum 16’ x 16’ area of clearance around the machine, all stations on the machine can be easily accessed and operated.
New Concrete Base
If the existing concrete area isn’t available then a 14’ x 14’ concrete pad should be constructed.
Please consult with a concrete expert and landscape expert to verify that these concrete options work for your site.
Constructing a New Concrete Base
14 x 14'
Here are the basic instructions:
- Select a dry level area.
- Measure and stake out a 14’ x 14’ area.
- Remove the ground surface to a depth of at least 14” or to a depth that removes any unstable material.
- Install compacte d gravels up to 8” from the finished grade.
- 2” x 6” boards are placed and secured around the 14’ x 14’ hole to be filled with 4000 psi concrete. The top of the boards should be level with the finished grade.
- 6” x 6” 10 gauge metal mesh is placed in the area and then is covered with 6” of 4000 psi concrete smoothed and levelled with a broom finish.
- The concrete should be allowed to cure for two weeks before installing the APOLLO multigym on the concrete pad.
Installing the HELIOS on a Concrete Base
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When the installation crew is ready to install the multigym transport the pallet of APOLLO component parts to the location of the concrete pad. Place the pallet adjacent to the concrete pad.
Carefully remove from the pallet the smaller component parts other than the main tower and unwrap them. Remove the dip handles, hardware, touch up paint and spare cable from the center of the main tower. The main tower is made up of four vertical structural columns. Carefully remove the flanged bolts and flanged nuts that affix the “V column” to the main tower and set them aside for the re-assembly. Carefully lay the “V column” on the ground.
Carefully remove the flanged bolts and flanged nuts that affix the “weight stack column” to the main tower and set them aside for the re-assembly. Carefully lay the “weight stack column” on the ground.
IMPORTANT: The low pulley aluminum footplate is a non-structural component and is not to be used as the main carrying point for transporting the “weight stack column” on a moving dolly. Until the “weight stack column” is anchored to the column do not remove the weight stack packing straps or the tape that secures the high and low pulley handles.
There are now two columns on the pallet. Remove the pallet anchor bolts holding the “smaller column” to the pallet. When one person is doing this the second person must hold on to the upper part of the column so that the column does not fall over. Once the pallet anchor bolts have been removed lay the column on the ground. Follow the same procedure for the “larger column”.
Take the metal template that is still on the pallet and position it on the center of the concrete pad. This template is to be used to drill the anchor holes in the concrete. There are two ways that the center column can be anchored to the concrete.
- The center column is anchored to the concrete with four 6 ¼” long x ¾” diameter zinc plated wedge anchors placed to a depth of 4 ½”.
- The center column is anchored to the concrete with four 6 ¼” long x ¾” diameter zinc plated threaded rods placed to a depth of 4 ½” and epoxied in place according to the epoxy manufacturer’s instructions.
Lift the “smaller column” and place it on to the location indicated on the template. Install the two washer’s and nylock nuts onto the threaded anchors but do not tighten them until all of the vertical structural columns are in place and have been bolted solidly together.
Lift the “larger column” and place it on to the location indicated on the template. Install the two washer’s and nylock nuts onto the threaded anchors but do not tighten them until all of the vertical structural columns are in place and have been bolted solidly together.
Carefully lift and position the “V column” into the indicated template position and reinstall the flanged bolts and flanged nuts but do not tighten fully yet.
Carefully lift and position the “weight stack column” into the indicated template position and re-install the flanged bolts and flanged nuts but do not tighten fully yet. At this point remove the weight stack packing straps.
Now all the flanged bolts and flanged nuts can be fully tightened on the four vertical columns. Now that the four vertical structural columns have been firmly affixed together the anchor nylock nuts can be firmly tightened down. It’s important that the main tower is perfectly vertical so shim the base if required.
Now install the peripheral bodyweight stations and bolt them on solidly and then apply the included wicking Loctite to the bolts. (Do not put Loctite on the bolts that hold the lever arm assembly on to the center column). The placement of these bodyweight stations is easily determined by matching up the bolt holes of each bodyweight station with the holes in the center column.
Be very careful when installing the 125 pound counterweight for the chin/dip assist station. Temporarily remove the counterweight retaining ring. Use two people to lift and place the counterweight onto the rubber bumper and support plate in the center column base. Re-install the counterweight retaining ring but do not fully tighten it. Bolt the lever arm assembly on to the center column. Before connecting the cable to the top of the counterweight be sure that the assist lever arm is in as far as it will go. Remove the cable block and feed the cable through the top bracket of the counterweight and re-install the cable block locking mechanism. Pull the cable tight so that the lever arm leading age is pulled up as far as it will go. Push down on the lever arm a few times so that the counterweight finds its ideal vertical position. Tighten the retaining ring so that the counterweight goes up and down with minimal contact with the retaining ring.
Place the access hatch in its slot and lock down the unit with the padlock supplied. Test each station to ensure that everything is solidly put together and working properly.
Once this is done the installation is complete. Leave the padlock keys with the owner.