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Old 08-10-2008, 08:02 PM   #1
Patrick Donnelly
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Homemade Iron Cross Trainer

Only got one of the pair done so far, but it's getting there. It's a homemade version of this (WFS) piece of gymnastics equipment. I've got some eye-screws, washers, nuts, and steel cables to insert through the various holes in the wood for difficulty adjustments. Unfortunately, for a tool-inept person like myself, it takes about 2 hours just to make a single one; hopefully the second one will go faster. Specs and dimensions coming in the next 3-5 days, once I finish the other one, and test them out.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3246/...50f5ef765a.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3170/...6bd2e5279d.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3020/...4bbd5450bf.jpg
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In all honesty, you could probably make a decently working thing with a simple plank of wood, with a dowel protruding off of it. I just wanted one that looks nice.

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Old 08-10-2008, 08:49 PM   #2
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Re: Homemade Iron Cross Trainer

Looks to be good stuff; hope it goes well.

The groove you've made for the forearm looks like it could chafe, though. Are you planning on making it more rounded?
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Old 08-10-2008, 09:00 PM   #3
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Re: Homemade Iron Cross Trainer

This is such a great idea...
My first set of rings should arrive sometime this week.

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Old 08-10-2008, 10:19 PM   #4
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Re: Homemade Iron Cross Trainer

Excellent, this should work very well. Are you feeding cables through the holes, or do you have a different plan for making the scaling switches easier?
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Old 08-13-2008, 04:20 PM   #5
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Re: Homemade Iron Cross Trainer

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3260/...0766ccf857.jpg
Cables set on hole #1 of 12, haha.

Specs coming today/tomorrow.

Re: Bonny
I may sand down the edges of the thing a bit, but otherwise, it's fine. It's much nicer than doing any arms-in-straps iron cross work. It also allows for a much better progression in difficulty.

Re: Roger
I've got the cables looped through eye-bolts (with corresponding washers and nuts). It only takes a minute to undo the nuts and change the holes. However, the protruding part of the bolt is very tough on the skin. In my limited testing, I managed to get a few nice cuts on the soft skin near the elbow.
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Old 08-13-2008, 06:13 PM   #6
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Re: Homemade Iron Cross Trainer

Dude that is amazing. I have hoping for something like that. Would you willing sell it and if so how much?
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Old 08-14-2008, 12:58 PM   #7
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Re: Homemade Iron Cross Trainer

Directions for building the iron cross trainer: http://patrickhdonnelly.blogspot.com...s-trainer.html (WFS)
Please direct any questions, comments, etc. to that page. It helps keep things a bit more together and organized.

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You're free to make you own, but these are mine. http://img362.imageshack.us/img362/1...onwackobz7.gif
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Old 08-16-2008, 03:28 PM   #8
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Re: Homemade Iron Cross Trainer

Patrick you always go over the top! You always find a way and never cease to amaze me with your ingenuity. Nicely done.

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Old 08-22-2008, 08:52 PM   #9
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Re: Homemade Iron Cross Trainer

Just as a heads up, I've changed the plans for the cable hookup pretty substantially. Instead of using eye-bolts, I looked through Home Depot and found something called an "anchor shackle." The 3/8" stainless steel one (NOT the zinc plated one) fits perfectly, and also leaves enough room to use a piece of climber's rope for the hookup, rather than steel cable. However, the girth of the shackle screw requires that there be less holes with better spacing. So, there's less adjustability, but you can just do some weighted work to help get you the strength required for the next hold.

The link is still the same: http://patrickhdonnelly.blogspot.com...s-trainer.html (WFS)

Unfortunately, with a dozen 13/32" holes drilled through them, my trainers are now looking like an awful mess. In fact, I'm fairly certain they won't hold up for very long, with all the splintering that occurred when I enlarged the holes. I may just end up remaking them, but with any luck, I could do it much, much, MUCH faster the second time around.

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Thanks.
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Old 08-26-2008, 04:59 AM   #10
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Re: Homemade Iron Cross Trainer

thats crazy-awesome!

but im not getting the picture(??), are there cables suspended from the tree that im not making out in the picture or something, or is this the David Blain version?
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