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Old 10-26-2010, 10:11 AM   #1
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$100 Dollar Home Gym

I have intermittent free access to a pretty decent gym (missing ropes, sandbags, boxes or other exotic equipment, weights and rower usually have a line, but overall pretty nice); For when I don't have access, however, I want to know what I should get.

For the sake of argument lets say I have about $100 to spend.

Obviously I can do squats, pushups or running anywhere; Also, the underside of my bed is suitable for inverted rows.

I was thinking:
Pullup bar ($20)
Ab Wheel ($10)

And that's about where I am. Making some Parallelettes with PVC (as per beastskills.com) could be an easy and cheap way to help with gymnastics skills.

Buying an adjustable dumbell or a kettlebell is probably out - both because they're expensive and because they're essentially non-portable, while I'm moving around a fair amount.

If you have a particularly awesome dumbell/kettlebell/other weight suggestion though, go for it.

I'm also thinking of resistance bands - what are some good (and fairly intense) ones?

Grip exercisers might also be nice, but the best ones seem to be expensive.

Edit: Does anyone know if I can get things like hollow medicine balls that can be filled with water to add weight?

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Old 10-26-2010, 10:38 AM   #2
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Re: $100 Dollar Home Gym

basketball, sand, duct tape = medicine ball
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Old 10-26-2010, 10:44 AM   #3
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Re: $100 Dollar Home Gym

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basketball, sand, duct tape = medicine ball
So, you like duct tape a bunch of sand to the outside of the basketball? How do you build up a big enough layer for it to be heavy enough?

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Old 10-26-2010, 11:06 AM   #4
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So, you like duct tape a bunch of sand to the outside of the basketball? How do you build up a big enough layer for it to be heavy enough?

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yes - that is exactly what I do.
I can't reveal the how - I would be out of business tomorrow. I will say this, "use heavy sand."
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Old 10-26-2010, 11:15 AM   #5
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Re: $100 Dollar Home Gym

Get two sandbags. Im missing the correct translation, but we have these white plastic ones that are cheap and filled with sand. You can use them for KB-style swings, clean&jerk etc. A little rough, but cheap.
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Old 10-26-2010, 11:26 AM   #6
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yes - that is exactly what I do.
I can't reveal the how - I would be out of business tomorrow. I will say this, "use heavy sand."
Dadgum it. You and your proprietary methods.

Neither Home Depot nor Lowes had "heavy sand." I asked for "heavy duct tape" and got laughed at. It got worse when I asked the guy at Dick's Sporting Goods for "heavy balls."

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Old 10-26-2010, 12:00 PM   #7
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Re: $100 Dollar Home Gym

slosh pipes are fun, and cheap to build..........and you could just as easily fill one with sand.

At our gym we've got the medicine ball from hell, aka a swiss ball filled 100 lbs. of water.......That one cost me a whole 8 bucks, and challenges the best of us.

You can make ghetto rings with tow straps and a piece of PVC for the handles~~$15

jump ropes~~$8

rocks, logs etc, ~~~free

You could get a few hundred pounds of weight and a barbell on craigslist for less than $100 for sure. They wont be bummper plates, but whatever.
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Old 10-26-2010, 12:48 PM   #8
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Re: $100 Dollar Home Gym

A $16 irrigation box is pretty good for box jumps. Its about 17" tall, and with a layer of 2x4's and a piece of rubber on top is easily brought up to 20".
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Re: $100 Dollar Home Gym

make a cheap jump rope from laundry line or some extra speaker wire (that should hurt just about right) or cheap rope by the foot at home depot

another short rope and a dowel or thick broom handle for a pullup bar (hold near roped tie-ins)

duct tape a bunch of river rocks together for a heavy rock ball

bed, couch, coffe table or counter for stepups or box jumps (only if it's not mom's)

home made wood or pvc rings and parallets

2x4s in bucket (held with concrete) for squat stands (you don't really need this, just learn to clean and jerk more)

duffle bag filled with sand for shouldering or thowing (might need more duct tape) and even kettlebags

make your own climbing rope

you'll find instructions on this board with search help for most of these
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Old 10-26-2010, 12:55 PM   #10
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Re: $100 Dollar Home Gym

I've been able to get a standard Olympic set on CraigsList for $75. If you can't find that, I'll agree with the sandbag recommendation. I had to use one when I was living in an apartment and didn't have room for a proper weight set. It worked quite well. Add a pull-up bar and you're set with enough to get you started. You can also start collecting logs, rocks, cinderblocks, tires, etc. to use for various lifts/drags/carries. You can also often find an old basketball that doesn't hold air anymore from friends/neighbors. Ask around with those who have kids. Fill it with sand and cover it with duct tape, as detailed in many threads on these forums.
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