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Old 01-29-2007, 11:32 AM   #1
Eugene R. Allen
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http://www.crossfit.com/discus/messages/26/36139.jpg

I used a loading pin, a caribiner and four 45 lb bumper plates to make a big rock.

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It holds together just fine but is clumsy to pick up becuase the whole thing spins. I was able to lap it and get it up to my chest but it is very tricky to hold on to. Rolling Thunder in rock form if you will.

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Here's the bottom of the "rock" the other end just has the caribiner. I try to let it land as squarely as possible when I drop it though when I actually let it go I'm not as particular about how it falls as I sit here thinking about it. I'm thinking that I could get a 2" OD pipe (outer diameter not the color) cut and threaded to fit in such a way that I could screw on a floor flange on each end so nothing sticks out. Or I could make it easier by getting a pipe long enough to put collars on the end so I could vary the weight. That's more practical but it has ends sticking out. Wait a sec...with the ends sticking out and the big fat weights in the middle it would be kinda like log lifting. Any ideas on how to put vertical handles on the ends?. Now that would be a cool field expedient lifting log.

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The plumbing aisle has lots of grip toys. With some various plastic pieces, a u-bolt and a drill you can make all kinds of stuff. Don't throw away your C-2 handle when you upgrade to the nicer one. It will make a fine wrist roller.
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Old 01-29-2007, 12:39 PM   #2
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You clearly missed an opportunity here to entitle this "My Stones" or something similar.

After the whole "My Balls" thread, I'd expect nothing less. The Balls thread almost inspired to post in the nutrition forum on "my nuts".

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Old 01-29-2007, 08:20 PM   #3
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Diesel Crew had something very similar. They removed the end of a threaded oly bar and loaded it w/ bumper plates secured w/ a collar. I have a video of it saved on my computer but can't find it on their website. Anyways, I like your idea better because of the flat bottom on the loading pin.

Pretty cool that two different people could come up with the same idea.

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Old 01-29-2007, 09:01 PM   #4
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You're right Bryan, My Stones would have been a great title for the thread. I should have given that more thought. A missed opportunity. Here's what I came up with for the field expedient log, Bumper Rock mod 1 and an Apollon's Axle on the cheap.

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The Apollon's Axle was the easiest and is just a 1 1/2 inch 6 foot length of plumbing pipe with some collars attached and some athletic tape applied pretending to be knurling and providing landmarks for balanced lifting. I had a 14 1/2" length of 1 1/2" pipe cut (that's about a 1/4" too big as evidenced by the 1/4 lb plate you see on one end of the rock) and used floor flanges to secure the ends. The log is a 24" bar with T-joints as the vertical handles. The third implement is about the same thing as the log but without the handles so you can lift it like a barbell but with the fat middle in the way to make it like a log but with a regular hand position. I'm telling ya, I'm going to have to get some Home Depot stock.
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Old 01-29-2007, 11:23 PM   #5
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Man, Eugene, you have so many bumpers that you need to come up with new designs to use them? How bout sharing with some of us your abundant blessings? haha

Seriously, though, those are some awesome designs. Are most officers quite so creative and handy-man like? I knew the engineering characteristic was common among us firefighters, but I never knew LEOs had it also.
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Old 01-30-2007, 03:23 AM   #6
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Necessity is the mother of invention as they say and though I don't have the very enviable schedule you do Josh I do spend my nights at work driving around looking for trouble and during that time (and pretty much every other waking moment) I think of things to make for my gym and new ways to use ordinary stuff. I'm not terribly handy-man like but my wandering mind is in a constant state of "I wonder if..." where I have this separate program running in the background of my brain all the time working on plumbing aisle creations. I have yellow pads all over the place ready to receive some sudden inspiration that comes to me before I forget about it. The engineering gene is not strong with us, at least not as strong as the shoot guns, chase things that run away and drive fast genes that we all seem to have, but the variety of skills amongst the folks with whom I work is staggering.
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Old 01-30-2007, 08:16 AM   #7
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Absolutely fantastic Eugene. Unreal. You have given me so many ideas for my own home gym. I hope can come through with at least 1/100th of what you've inspired me to build.

All the best,
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Old 01-30-2007, 09:52 AM   #8
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Links to DIY equipment sites that have been around a while and most are probably aware of (W 'n F Safe)

http://www.geocities.com/fightraining/index.htm

http://www.angelfire.com/ny5/shenand...unt/grunt.html

http://www.tc.umn.edu/~keen0018/makeastone.htm

http://www.geocities.com/fightrainin...emadelinks.htm
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Old 01-31-2007, 11:01 AM   #9
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I'm going to experiment with the rock idea. I need to maybe use a collar on pipe, so any thickness could be used?
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Old 02-08-2007, 04:29 AM   #10
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Thats nice eugene.

While hill runs with a sled might be a bit hard on the calves and tendons of the lower legs I bet if you mount a lawn mower handle onto the flanges and push that up a hill you would get a great workout. Careful coming down as it might roll away from you but belaying that would be a great workout as well.

Heck you could even just push the log type thing uphill kind of in a low abwheel position, a 180lbs uphill abwheel workout. Nasty! :g:

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