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Old 04-13-2008, 09:20 AM   #1
Ian Carver
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Homemade Kettlebell

I've been trying to put this post and pix out for about 8 months, but could not get the picture size reduced enough until now. Nonetheless, here is a homemade KB for those of you out there on the cheap, as I am.

I used galvanized 1/2" pipe for the handle/support. If I remember correctly, the handle and weight bearing arm are 6" in length and the long arm is 8" in length. The KB in the pic is 50 pounds. I can remove the plates if needed to lessen the weight and then put a PVC spacer in their place to take up the slack. I bought used standard weight plates at Play it Again Sports. All told, the total cost was about $20 - the goofy shepherd in the pic is courtesy of the County of Sacramento.

The only caveat to this KB is that it gets a bit unstable going directly overhead as it wants to flop over backwards. This gets dicey at times, so keep that in mind, and it's not ideal for KB snatches. Mine squeaks a bit from the plates spinning on the pipe during swings, but some lube fixes that issue. Other than that, it works great for WOD's with swings. It's been pretty bomb proof thus far, just make sure you torque everything down nice and tight prior to banging out your reps in front of your car.

Hopefully some of you can use the idea if you are doing up your own garage gym. Take care and stay fit!
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Old 04-13-2008, 09:24 AM   #2
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Re: Homemade Kettlebell

Out of curriosity, is there any reason you didn't use another elbow and finish out the rectangle handle? Is that just so it would be easier to remove plates?
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Re: Homemade Kettlebell

Matt,

Yes, you are right on. A full handle would make any weight adjustments harder. No other reason than that, really.
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