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Steve Johnson 04-14-2006 09:07 PM

I'd like to do weighted pull ups, dips and pushups. What inexpensive, flexible and practical solution can you recommend. I really don't want to spend $100+. I just want something that allows me to change weights as I see fit and doesn't cost a lot.


Chris Kemp 04-15-2006 04:24 AM

For the exercises you have described, a rucksack loaded with plates, sand, small children would work.

Cheers, kempie

Ken Thynes 04-15-2006 05:14 AM

Steve, I second the rucksack. When I'm at home I use either my small camelbak ruck with some dumbbell plates or my plate carrier with SAPI plates (I've found it easier to kip out a couple last reps with a pack than a belt). I imagine you should be able to get a lifting belt from a sporting goods store for under $100, but I haven't looked, so I might be wrong. If you check play-it-again sports or a like chain store, or for their De Rigeur Dipping Belt (54.95 less shipping), you should be able to find a weight belt. The Ironmind products I've bought have been bombproof, and I highly recommend them. Their shipping is also very fast.

Don Stevenson 04-15-2006 05:59 AM

I got a cheap copy of an assualt vest off ebay for like $25 and filled it with bent nails wrapped into 1kg lumps.

Kevin Valov 04-15-2006 01:38 PM

Steve, I would recommend a web belt that you can find at an army/navy surplus store. They are made with small gromet-like holes that are great for threading a line of your choice through. I use a snap ring (similar to the end of a dog's leash) and a ring. It makes for easy changing of weight. If you want to use this for kipping please be careful.
Good luck and do let us know what you end up with.

Brian McCarrie 04-15-2006 02:46 PM

I have this exact weight vest. It works pretty good.

Only goes up to about 20lbs though.

Steve Johnson 04-15-2006 07:37 PM

I have to admit, I didn't even know what a rucksack was. I had to look it up. It seems like there's a lot of choice. Should I be narrowing it down to something more specific? Aside from that, this seems a very sensible solution.


Yoon Sohn 04-15-2006 08:04 PM

Hi Steve,
I use a rucksack that has an adjustable chest strap connecting the two shoulder straps. This really helps keep the pack from slipping while doing tabata squats, dips, etc.

Steve Johnson 04-15-2006 08:12 PM

Good suggestion Yoon, thanks. What are the approximate dimensions of your rucksack? How big of plates can you fit in there and how many?


Yoon Sohn 04-15-2006 10:06 PM

Hi Steve,
My pack is about 20" high, 15" wide, 6" deep. Using the weights at my gym, I'm guessing I could fit 2 25 pound plates or around 10-12 10 pound plates. However, being that I'm kind of weak, I'm not 100% sure what the max. load is :wink:

I'd give you a brand name, but it's just some random pack I picked up while on vacation in Asia. But I think any technical/outdoors-type pack would do...good padding on the shoulder straps, a padded back, and rugged construction. Maybe try or ebay for good deals.

FYI: my biggest complaint is that with weighted pushups, the weight tends to shift quite a bit and the distribution of weight tends to fall uncomfortably on the lower back.

Hope this helps.

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