Competition : Home-made Gym Equipment

Always on the lookout.

Explosion. Photo by Joseph P. McClain
Explosion. Photo by Joseph P. McClain.
I've come across some great home-made gym gear over the past few years (check out DIY : Home-made gym equipment I and II), as well as having a go at creating my own. However, I'm always on the lookout for more; and this is where you come in.


Construct something for use in your workouts. It doesn't matter whether it's a sandbag, a squat rack or a full-blown all-in-one machine. The only constraint is that is has to be constructed between now and May 30 2007. No old stuff, please.

To submit it, either :



The prize list includes some great stuff from the guys over at the Diesel Crew (including a t-shirt and their superb ebooks); as well as a couple of mystery items from Straight to the Bar. More details over the next few weeks.


The judging will be done by you, the reader (via a poll). In the case of a tie, I'll cast the deciding vote.


The most important part of this exercise is to enjoy the equipment you've just built. Have fun.

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Scott Andrew Bird is a writer, photographer and a guy who just loves this stuff. He's been at home in front of a computer for more years than he cares to remember (OK, 37) and is now making amends for years of many mistakes noted in the De-constructing Computer Guy articles (part 2) on T-Nation.

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