Homemade Equipment




How to Build Your Own Medicine Ball Out of Scraps, Sand, and Duct Tape

By now you probably know that med balls are a great tool to use in your workouts. You can do complex training, make bodyweight calisthenics harder, complete intense cardio workouts, and even build awesome athletes with them. So time to get a med ball, right?

Holy cow they can be expensive. And there's a ton to choose from. Regular sized ones (like a basketball). Big ones (like a beach ball). Little ones (like a softball). Ones that bounce. Ones that don't bounce. Light ones (2-3 pounds). Regular weight ones (~10 pounds). Super heavy ones (40-60+ pounds).

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Homemade Equipment - How to Make an Adjustable Slosh Pipe

When I first read about the slosh pipe, I was not that impressed. I figured, how hard can it be to hold 30 or so lbs above my head? Well it turns out it is extremely hard! After making the pipe, I learned that the athletes I train generally have weak stability in their shoulders. The pipe is one of many ways to address and correct this weakness.

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DIY Training Equipment Guide: Building a Hub

In Part 1 and Part 2 I went over the general method of building your own equipment.

In this entry I'll go over the steps to building a hockey puck hub. I'll also include a couple of other ways you can build a hub.

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DIY Series

My collection of DIY training equipment articles, the DIY Series, can be found here.

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DIY Training Equipment Guide: Part 2 - Design and Construction

In Part 1 we talked about planning and material selection, in part 2 we're going to talk about the design and construction aspects.

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DIY Training Equipment Guide: Part 1 - Planning and Material Selection

Recently I've been getting involved in more and more aspects of grip training and strongman training however, these endeavors require specialty equipment at times. Anyone that has ever looked at buying training equipment knows that it can get expensive in a hurry, even for a couple of seemingly small things. The shear cost of equipment, combined with the fact that shipping to Canada can be just as much money as the item you're buying, has sent me into the workshop to build my own equipment. This series of articles will serve as a general overview to building your own equipment. I'll include a basic outline of how to come up with ideas, how to build, tools that you may need, building materials, etc. and I will do my best to make it as comprehensive as possible.

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Make Your Own Dip Belt

I finally made my own Dip Belt today.

I bought a cheap ass leather weightlifting belt for $7 (this is Bombay after all).

I then proceeded to buy a 6 foot long chain from a hardware shop for $2.

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Medicine Ball DIY - Homemade Medicine Ball Videos

Here are some do-it-yourself videos showing how to make your own homemade medicine balls.

This works. I have made medicine balls using methods similar to these and I use them all the time.

These homemade balls, of course, will not bounce, which is a useful function of a medicine ball as well so if you want bouncy ones you will need to buy them. But no need to wait. If you have an old basketball or any other balls of various sizes lying around then it's fairly simple.

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