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    Anyone out there building their own DIY exercise equipment?

    My wife and two sons are moving out of apartment living, and finally getting a house (albeit still renting). I am pretty excited, particularly about the fact that I have a basement, with a separate room big enough for an exercise room!

    My wife is post-natal and is hoping to get back into more serious fitness after some time away. I was thinking as a Christmas present to build her a ballet bar in the exercise room. Pretty basic really, just needs a 4 inch dowling and some brackets (plus some paint).

    I was checking it out and saw a design for a balance beam (for artistic gymnastics) which doesn't seem so complicated either. Also I have seen some more basic stuff like building step/jumping boxes.

    Anyone have any other similar projects on the go? Or in the plans?

    I am trying to think if there is anything else to build in. It would be cool to have a full workout studio down there.

    #2
    I've added stall bars to my gym. Easy to do and along the lines of what you are already doing. There are several DIY pages that show how to build them.

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      #3
      Here is my homemade gear. No projects atm.

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        #4
        Cool stuff, my problem is that I don't know the exact dimensions of the house that I am moving into.

        I am pretty sure I could do a chin up bar in the basement, but not so sure about other climbing stuff. I might try to building a wall outside eventually.

        A peg board would be neat though.

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          #5
          CaptainCanuck this DIY gym equipment playlist may help. It's from the B.U.F.F Dudes. LINK
          Hope these help.

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            #6
            Kakarot Thanks for the link, I saw their video for box jumps and plan to make one down the road. The other stuff looks good too.

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              #7
              It depends on whether you plan to do calisthenics or weightlifting.
              Calisthenics is pretty easy:
              -Puzzle piece foam mats
              -Jump rope
              - Pull up bar
              -Any other misc exercise equipment you find useful like a box or weight vest
              Weightlifting generally you’ll additionally want at minimum:
              -Adjustable dumbbells (in 5lb increments up to whatever weight you can do)
              -Adjustable bench
              Olympic style weightlifting you’ll additionally want at minimum:
              -5-7ft barbell (2in barbells can take more weight)
              -Squat Rack
              -Horse stall mats (nobody wants to fix chipped floors)
              -Weight plates in the following quantities:
              -45lb x4
              -25lb x2
              -10lb x2
              -5lb x4
              -2.5 x2 (optional)
              -Clips to keep the plates on
              -Flat or adjustable bench

              Make sure you measure your space before you order something. I’ve seen plenty of horror stories of people knocking a hole in a wall by accident. Also weigh your plates before use. I nearly screwed up my back because 5 of my 45lb plates are actually 46lb and one is actually 44.
              Edit: Buy used equipment unless it shows excessive wear. You shouldn’t pay >$1 per lb for plates.

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                #8
                I made my own bench for step ups and some dumbbell work out of old 2x4's and 2x6's I had laying around.

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                  #9
                  This guy made his own suspension trainer and chest expander and also will make them for you . . .



                  He's made a lot for his friends and has a very good rep . . .



                  He makes this in his basement in Texas.

                  And there's this guy . . .


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                    #10
                    I used a gallon of water for a kettlebell and did the K-Sculpt workout. It worked super well. I'm so sore! It's slightly over 8 lbs and does great if u don't have room for kettlebells. Obviously you can vary the weight too if u want less than 8 lbs. I'm also postnatal (9 weeks) and this hack worked great.

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                      #11
                      I made a 5lb thick-grip sword some years back for my tai chi sword practice, which I also mirror with left side. My regular sword is 2.5lbs, you can see my DIY sword in this photo . . .

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                        #12
                        airman.pankdawg I was going to do the same, but I was looking at one size up for the jugs. Unfortunately they are all filled with juices that I don't want to drink.

                        thinman Very cool

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                          #13
                          After my visit earlier this month to the obstacle course gym, and with melting snow in the backyard finally revealing a yard (it has been covered in snow since we moved in) I was thinking of making an obstacle course wall.

                          My idea is to created the two side supports with slots so that I could slide down 2x4s from the top, thus adjusting the height of the wall between 1.3 to 2 meters. The problem would be how to secure these from the top so that they don't move around too much. I also might need to use 4x4s, because 2x4s might not be sturdy enough.

                          Also ideally it would be something not dug into the ground, as I would not want tear it out of the ground when we move and also store it for winter.

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                            #14
                            Making a mace similar to this one - a bit smaller though.
                            https://www.indianclubs.com.au/gada-...pot-gada-mace/
                            And I want to build these so bad my teeth hurt. I may have to use the hardware store exemption for the Stay Home order in Houston to buy the concrete, forms, wood, pipe and tools
                            https://gmb.io/gymnastic-rings-frame/

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                              #15
                              Leave some space for a couch dude. You need to do a good cool down in your training area while looking at your diy equipment..

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