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Old 12-04-2003, 08:11 AM   #1
Jason Lauer
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I saw a picture on one of the WOD's of a guy throwing what they called a ghetto ball (homemade medicine ball). I was wondering if anyone knew how to make one??? Help!!!!!!
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Old 12-04-2003, 08:24 AM   #2
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Jason,
I believe the "ghetto ball" is just an inexpensive playbround ball filled with 20 pounds of sand. From what I gather you just cut a slit in the ball and fill with sand. You then patch the ball using rubber cement and a piece of inner tube as the patch.
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Old 12-04-2003, 10:08 AM   #3
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Jason,

Don't forget to cover the entire ball with copious amounts of duct tape for reinforcement.


Hey Tim,

Long time, no see. How are tings?


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Old 12-07-2003, 03:04 PM   #4
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Hey Ryan,

Things are pretty good. I'm loving crossfit. I've read alot of your posts and learned quite a bit. keep up the good work.
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Old 12-08-2003, 09:08 AM   #5
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I made my own also. basketball and sand...would you believe it took over 1.5 hours to get the sand in the ball? Aand yes..I used a funnel.
It ended up being 22 lbs. A 22lb. weighted Basketball is about $100 Canadian!
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Old 12-08-2003, 06:26 PM   #6
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Jason/Sean,
I have made many sand filled basketballs. The duct tape is a big help. If the ball splits, add more duct tape and it's fixed.
I have an oval shaped stability ball that I filled with water. It weighs in at a whopping 75 lbs. It took over an hour to trickle in the water, but it is well worth it. Although not as strong, a large kids playground ball from walmart can be used if it has a big removeable plug. Just pull the plug out, squeeze the air out, insert a funnel and fill it up.
I don't use it for throwing, I use it for various sandbag lifting exercises, including many W.O.D. workouts. The water moves around a lot, making it difficult. You also develop your grip with it.

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Old 12-09-2003, 08:15 AM   #7
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Tim,

Glad to see you're enjoying Crossfit!


David,

I like the idea of filling a stability ball with water and having it move around while lifting, but I'm still tentative as to putting it in my basement. Have you had any breaks/leaks in it since filling it with water?

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Old 12-09-2003, 09:10 AM   #8
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I've also filled tennis balls with lead shot to have weighted juggling balls. Of course I had access to lead bricks at the time so it was fairly easy to do. I wonder what a ghetto ball filled with lead would weigh...
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Old 12-10-2003, 10:44 AM   #9
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Where do you guys get old basketballs? Sand?
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Old 12-10-2003, 10:53 AM   #10
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Neill,

If you know any gym teachers, you could probably get a basketball from them. Sand can be bought in bags for pretty cheap at any Home Depot. I think it was only about $1.50/bag. If that's still to much, it has not been unheard of for some Crossfitters to accept donations from the beach.

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