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Built Any Do-it-Yourself Workout Equipment?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 11, 2010 at 7:15 PM

My wife and I decided to save time and money by working out at home. In the mornings, we do WODs consisting mostly of sets and Tabatas of body weight reps (pushup, pullups, situps, burpees, etc.).

With our $$ savings vs gym membership, we've purchased some equipment like: Kettlebells, a Power Tower (for pullups, knee-ups and dips), and a Roman Chair for doing back raises. I thought these items were a great value (Power Tower: $109, Roman Chair: $79, Kettlebells: 75?? / lb) -- considering how many exercises can be done with them.

But, other items like Plyo boxes and good quality medicine balls seem way over-priced. I went ahead and made my own Plyo boxes. And, I'd like to make other items as well.

Before I start hitting Amazon and Craigslist for more stuff (need some heavy stuff to move around)...

Anyone have any luck building their own equipment? How'd you do it? Also, what are your favorite at-home exercises / WODs?

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on January 14, 2012
at 05:43 AM

pretty heavy too...

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on January 12, 2012
at 03:49 PM

pieces of concrete. ought to be able to find that in the city.

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on January 12, 2012
at 03:48 PM

anything is possible... I think black pipe would be over kill and un needed expense...

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on June 20, 2011
at 01:39 PM

Seriously!! Whoa!

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on April 26, 2011
at 03:37 PM

Yep I have one of those too; it's awesome!

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on April 26, 2011
at 06:37 AM

Ha $10 a month?! Where the heck do YOU live? 1985?

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(5639)

on April 26, 2011
at 02:17 AM

yeah, I'm a city dweller.

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on April 25, 2011
at 08:43 PM

I've been daydreaming about building a squat rack or something similar, and possibly a DIY pullup/dip station too.

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(5639)

on April 22, 2011
at 03:54 PM

YOWCH!!! That's ballsy!

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(5639)

on April 22, 2011
at 03:54 PM

I made some DIY heavy Indian clubs! I love em! I even made some mini ones for my girlfriend. Mine were much cheaper as I used black iron pipe rather than anodized. they ended up being about 13 a piece, pretty cheap. adjustable too!

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on April 22, 2011
at 03:35 PM

Yep. Good pain there.

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on April 22, 2011
at 03:00 PM

I also have a slosh-pipe and hit an old tire we pulled out of a canal with a sledge.

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on April 22, 2011
at 11:52 AM

Oooh, nice. This is gold.

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on February 03, 2011
at 09:34 PM

ghetto fit, lol.

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on September 12, 2010
at 12:24 AM

Hey - no problem! Yeah I was kind of excited to respond, having a perfect link for ya!

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on September 11, 2010
at 11:07 PM

That is a seriously cool blog. Exactly the kind of stuff I'm looking for. It's on my blogroll now -- thanks!

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on September 11, 2010
at 08:21 PM

Awesome parallettes -- PVC is so damn versatile. Good stuff.

B294438548c32ed878905baf6cd1b332

on September 11, 2010
at 08:07 PM

Awesome resource. Thanks, Pieter.

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on September 11, 2010
at 10:28 PM

This is SUCH a great blog - too good not to share! All about home-made crossfit-type gym equipment. Enjoy!

HOBO GYM

Enjoy!


www.Primal-Palate.com

B294438548c32ed878905baf6cd1b332

on September 11, 2010
at 11:07 PM

That is a seriously cool blog. Exactly the kind of stuff I'm looking for. It's on my blogroll now -- thanks!

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on September 12, 2010
at 12:24 AM

Hey - no problem! Yeah I was kind of excited to respond, having a perfect link for ya!

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on September 25, 2010
at 12:16 AM

Not technically workout equipment, but I use a 7-inch diameter sawed-off PVC pipe as a foam roller. Without the foam.

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on April 22, 2011
at 03:35 PM

Yep. Good pain there.

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(5639)

on April 22, 2011
at 03:54 PM

YOWCH!!! That's ballsy!

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on April 26, 2011
at 03:37 PM

Yep I have one of those too; it's awesome!

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on September 26, 2010
at 07:12 PM

Medicine balls are easy and cheap! Cut open a basketball, fill it with sand, and duct tape the crap out of it. Costs like $5, weighs about 20#. Ghetto-fit. :)

Likewise PVC paralettes are cheap and easy, and well worth it! I love mine.

For rings, I went with manufactured. More expensive but I love them.

-Tavis

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on February 03, 2011
at 09:34 PM

ghetto fit, lol.

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on September 11, 2010
at 07:45 PM

I built a set of parallettes (pdf [library.crossfit.com]).

Together with rings, two kettlebells and two medicine balls, it's a very versatile home gym for about 250 euros.

My favorite at-home exercises are:

On rings: regular & weighted pullups (with 16 or 32 kg KB attached), muscleups, dips, front/back levers, support position with rings turned outward

On parallettes: handstand pushups, tucked frogstand, low straddle holds..

B294438548c32ed878905baf6cd1b332

on September 11, 2010
at 08:21 PM

Awesome parallettes -- PVC is so damn versatile. Good stuff.

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on April 22, 2011
at 11:52 AM

Oooh, nice. This is gold.

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on September 11, 2010
at 07:21 PM

In case you didn't know, Ross Enamait has a great website. He talks a lot about home made fitness equipment.

B294438548c32ed878905baf6cd1b332

on September 11, 2010
at 08:07 PM

Awesome resource. Thanks, Pieter.

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on September 15, 2010
at 01:43 PM

One of the first things I made was a couple of different sized sandbags. Quite simple, I used two sturdy woven jute sacks or hessian bags and filled to the required weight with beach sand. They're very useful and hard enough to handle so as to add a degree of difficulty. A big tractor tyre is good for flips. Resistance bands come in many sizes and strengths and are reasonably priced too.

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on September 13, 2010
at 09:09 PM

I've built myself a couple slosh tubes and love them (info on marksdailyapple and/or Youtube search).

I also acquired some old tires that I enjoy hitting with sledge hammers.

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on April 22, 2011
at 03:00 PM

I also have a slosh-pipe and hit an old tire we pulled out of a canal with a sledge.

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on January 11, 2012
at 10:10 PM

I wanted to share 2 clips of me working on a piece of homemade exercise equipment I developed.

The YouTube channel I am on is matthew3689

Thank you for your time.

matthew

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on April 22, 2011
at 04:05 PM

I made myself some heavy Indian clubs out of black iron pipe from Home Depot. They cost about $12-14 each, and they're super fun to swing, and a really good workout. Mine are very adjustable, as empty they weigh about 9#, and I have several different diameters of pipe that I fill the top portion with to make it weigh up to ~11.5#. built-any-do-it-yourself-workout-equipment?

11# is pretty heavy, but I really want to get some lead shot and make 'em REALLY heavy, see if I can still swing 'em. I also made some miniature versions for my girlfriend that weigh ~2.6#! They're fun to warm up with. I also have since wrapped the handles in Gorilla tape, and a layer of sports tape over that for better grip. At some point we're gonna spray paint them fun colors.

Joe, above, posted a link to a video where I got the idea. It was really fun!

I've been thinking about trying to build something like this: built-any-do-it-yourself-workout-equipment?

maybe out of black iron pipe? Wonder what the cost would be, or if it's even possible.

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on January 12, 2012
at 03:48 PM

anything is possible... I think black pipe would be over kill and un needed expense...

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(5639)

on January 14, 2012
at 05:43 AM

pretty heavy too...

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072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

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on April 22, 2011
at 03:37 PM

My group has a tire with a good rope. Wrap that thing around your waist and pull it up and down the street. My guess is your neighbors already think you are weird, so this should be no different. Put a mat in the bottom and add weight as necessary. I fear tire pull days.

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on September 24, 2010
at 10:37 PM

You guys are going to love this

Go over to my blog to see how to make your own Paleo Style Throwing bag!!!!! Loads of fun alone or even better with a partner!!!!!!

The Famous Paleo Guy Throwing Bag!!!

Guy The Healthy Paleo Guy

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on September 15, 2010
at 01:58 PM

The one piece that I made that doesn't get nearly as much use as I wish was a gada. It's an old Indian Wrestling tool that looks like a mace. Pretty simple, take a junior sized basketball (I used a legit ball and that might be why it gets so little use. Ops....) fill it with Quikcrete and put an old wooden shovel handle into it and let it set. Boom done. You use it doing overhead rotation, google gadas or Karl Gotch, he loved that.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQKsyqQPRpc

That is a link for making clubbells at home. Pretty cheap, check out Scott Sonnon for clubbell work.

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on April 22, 2011
at 03:54 PM

I made some DIY heavy Indian clubs! I love em! I even made some mini ones for my girlfriend. Mine were much cheaper as I used black iron pipe rather than anodized. they ended up being about 13 a piece, pretty cheap. adjustable too!

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on September 13, 2010
at 07:13 PM

www.marksdailyapple.com has some cool DIY equipment ideas, like slosh tubes, and I think there are instructions for a homemade medicine ball.

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on September 11, 2010
at 07:44 PM

I've built myself a indoor pullup bar and hung some makeshift gymnastics rings off of it. It's made of galvanized gas piping, and it's not quite sturdy enough for kips and my ceiling isn't quite high enough for muscleups, but it seems to be working for my needs.

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on January 12, 2012
at 12:41 PM

I use a few plastic bottles of various sizes that I load up with sand (sand being heavier than water). I use them for things like weighted pullups.
I didn't want to put a pullup bar in the house so I fixed to large hooks in the veranda rafters, hung two chains from them and attached a length of steel pipe between the two to act as the pullup bar.
A house I used to live at had high garden walls. I laid a length of pipe (found at the dump) diagonally across the corner where two of the walls met and did my pullups on that.

Click here for a great homemade equipment site

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on April 26, 2011
at 03:52 AM

Where I live the gym is only $10/month

where do you live where its so expensive?

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(5639)

on April 26, 2011
at 06:37 AM

Ha $10 a month?! Where the heck do YOU live? 1985?

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on June 20, 2011
at 01:39 PM

Seriously!! Whoa!

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on April 26, 2011
at 01:47 AM

Here's how I build my gym: go look around for some rocks of various weights and shapes. Start lifting them in various ways. Get logs and stuff too.

I don't get it. Why the hell do people spend so much money on barbells, dumbbells, etc when they could just go in their backyard or some local park/trail and gather some rocks and put them somewhere?

How much does it cost to build a gym? NOTHING! All you need are rocks, logs, etc, and those are FREE! This isn't just some ghetto way of doing it either. It's BETTER. You know how machines suck in comparison to free weights because there's a lot less stabilization going on when you're doing the machine? Well, that's why rocks (uneven weight distribution and irregular shape) are EVEN BETTER!

machines < free weights < rocks/logs/etc

Of course this only applies to people who live in a rural enough area to have rocks and stuff lying around, but that should be most of you. If you live deep in a city with no parks at all, this advice is of course useless.

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(5639)

on April 26, 2011
at 02:17 AM

yeah, I'm a city dweller.

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on January 12, 2012
at 03:49 PM

pieces of concrete. ought to be able to find that in the city.

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on April 22, 2011
at 03:05 PM

5 Gallon water jugs are very useful. Full, they weigh in at about 54 Lbs., and most come with handles.

When they are less than full, they provide for an unstable load, so you can fire off a lot of the stabilization muscles. Figure 8.35Lbs/Gal.

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on April 22, 2011
at 03:54 AM

There are a lot of alternatives that we can used when it comes to work out equipment. Just analyze the things and you will know that it is useful and can be used as a nice alternatives.

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