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?
This is SUCH a great blog - too good not to share! All about home-made crossfit-type gym equipment. Enjoy!
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
That is a link for making clubbells at home. Pretty cheap, check out Scott Sonnon for clubbell work.
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