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Cam Machine

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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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Gripper Guide Continued

The original Gripper Guide focused on the beginnings of gripper training. In that post I used CoC grippers as my standard gripper (hence the table is based on CoC resistances only) and laid out some suggestions for picking resistances and how to train. The reason I use CoC is simple. They were among the first to take grippers to the next level and they have a very good product. This part of my guide is centered around the very first thing you will do in your grip training. Buying a gripper! I've also got some other training tidbits and advice thrown into the mix.

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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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How To Set Up the Dumbell Bench Press

Injuries and tweaks happen during dumbell bench press at two common instances. Picking the dumbells off the floor or a low rack. And during the setup.

If you get injured just picking up a heavy dumbell in preparation for a bench press then you need more than a short explanation on proper lifting. You need to get back to basics, and if I am to venture a guess, get off the machines. Strong strength trainees don't get bad injuries picking up dumbells. Strength training is supposed to prepare you to pick up heavy things.

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The Crosswise Brick Exercise

When talking about lower arm and hand strength we here at GUS have referred to an exercise known as the "crosswise brick exercise". This is a fantastic exercise for strengthening the wrist and the fingers, the best part being it can be performed with a few bricks!

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The Gripper Guide

As a follow up to my last blog post, and to satisfy my obsession with crushing grip strength, I'm going to lay out a guide for torsion spring grippers. I'll make it as comprehensive as I can and it will contain information for people with and without experience with grippers. See also part two of this post, The Gripper Guide Continued.

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Homemade Medicine Ball Videos

Medicine Ball DIY

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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