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Old 04-14-2006, 09:07 PM   #1
Steve Johnson
 
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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.

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Old 04-15-2006, 04:24 AM   #2
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For the exercises you have described, a rucksack loaded with plates, sand, small children would work.

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Old 04-15-2006, 05:14 AM   #3
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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 Ironmind.com 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.
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Old 04-15-2006, 05:59 AM   #4
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I got a cheap copy of an assualt vest off ebay for like $25 and filled it with bent nails wrapped into 1kg lumps.

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Old 04-15-2006, 01:38 PM   #5
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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.
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Old 04-15-2006, 02:46 PM   #6
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I have this exact weight vest. It works pretty good. http://store.titleboxing.com/titlebo...hted-vest.html

Only goes up to about 20lbs though.
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Old 04-15-2006, 07:37 PM   #7
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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.

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Old 04-15-2006, 08:04 PM   #8
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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.
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Old 04-15-2006, 08:12 PM   #9
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Good suggestion Yoon, thanks. What are the approximate dimensions of your rucksack? How big of plates can you fit in there and how many?

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Old 04-15-2006, 10:06 PM   #10
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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 www.llbean.com 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.

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