crossfit-like exercises

CROSSFIT-LIKE EXERCISES AND
HOMEMADE GYM EQUIPMENT

Do it yourself Gym Equipment

Photo by lululemon athletica

Ever since I can remember, I was intrigued by GREAT STRENGTH AND BIG MUSCLES.  As a kid growing up on a Kansas farm, we made virtually all our own gym equipment.  I built a squat rack out of old wheels and pipe.  I simply welded a piece of pipe to the inside of the wheel and then stuck a second pipe inside of it to make it adjustable.  We made benches, leg machines, lat pulldowns, chinning bars, parallel dipping bars, weight racks, and I don’t even know what else.  None of it looked great, but it was functional.  We even had about 500 lbs of homemade Olympic plates. 

One day (my freshman year in college) I was walking home from class and took a shortcut that happened to take me right by a welding shop.  I noticed that there was a big pile of very heavy, rusty, steel plates behind a fence.  I stopped and inquired about them, and the owner told me that since I did not steal them from him, I could have them.  He even cut out holes to the size that would fit an Olympic bar.  That’s how we did it back in the day. 

That old ‘DIY’ spirit is back in the gym.  Between Crossfit and the dozens of knockoffs, you can figure out how to get an incredible workout with almost no equipment whatsoever.  Or, with a little bit of YouTube know-how, you can build whatever you need.  This is a blog post that I basically created for my son and I to use.  If you can find something useful here, enjoy.  It is something that I will probably add to periodically.

GREAT LINKS TO DO-IT-YOURSELF STRENGTH EQUIPMENT

ROSS TRAINING  (Tons of Homemade Strength Equipment)
SYNERGY  (Homemade Equipment)
DIESEL STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING (More Homemade Equipment)
HOMEMADE GYM EQUIPMENT  (Still more of the same)
DO IT YOURSELF TRAINING GEAR
HOMEMADE GYM EQUIPMENT (From Home Gym Bodybuilding)
GROUND UP STRENGTH
STRAIGHT TO THE BAR — HOMEMADE GYM EQUIPMENT
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