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Old 09-08-2008, 09:26 PM   #1
Benjamin Herrick
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DIY Question.

This is a question for those on the boards who are DIY'ers. I am in a bit of a financial pinch currently (who isn't) and seeing as how I have less than $100 to my name I can't really go out and purchase an Oly bar and a set of bumpers, but I believe I may have come up with a reasonable stopgap to work with what I have. I was considering the possibility of wrapping my heavier standard plates in bicycle tire with wire mesh reinforced rubber tubing to use as a makeshift bumper on my 50 and 25 lb standard weights? Does this just sound like a terribly bad idea? I've measured the weights and I think the bike tires would be a snug enough fit with the tubing under it, but my main concern is safety. So yes, opinions!



*edit* I was also considering doubling up the tubing to provide extra support if that makes any difference at all.
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Old 09-09-2008, 06:03 AM   #2
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Re: DIY Question.

I would not do this, lots of reasons.

Just find other stuff to do until you have the cash.
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Old 09-09-2008, 06:49 AM   #3
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Re: DIY Question.

I don't have bumper's either, just a bunch of iron. I do plan on getting some but it's not at the top of the list. I don't really find that you need to drop your weights. If you just want to, then I guess that's fine, but a little bit of control on the way down works fine.
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Old 09-09-2008, 07:15 AM   #4
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Re: DIY Question.

If your really worried about dropping the bar then why dont you lay your tyres on the ground, under your discs before you lift....then if you bail the discs will be landing on rubber, similar to a platform. Would probably work better with small dia car tyres tho. This will save the cash cost of a platform and also save you the hassle of the crazy wrap the discs in tyres and tubing idea......even try to get some off cuts of carpet to lay a few under the discs instead of the tyres for a cushioned landing area....

Then you can either put your cash towards something else or stick it in the bank till you've got enough to treat yourself to some bumpers.
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Old 09-09-2008, 07:59 AM   #5
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Re: DIY Question.

I considered the idea of dropping onto tires by actually affixing them to a bar, but then I realized I don't have tires to do that to lying around. I have a makeshift platform I just didn't want to destroy it by dumping weights if I had to.

Control it is!
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Old 09-16-2008, 08:04 PM   #6
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Re: DIY Question.

You can probably get a used oly bar on craigslist for less than $50. If you save for a while you can get a set of 25 lb bumper plates. You don't need a whole set of bumpers to start. With the 25s and a bar you can get alot of the workouts done and you can even add some iron for more weight, as long as you get a decent set of bumpers like Hi-temps and don't put more iron on than rubber. There are a lot worse things that you can invest in.
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Old 09-17-2008, 11:30 AM   #7
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Re: DIY Question.

What Ahmik said.

And FWIW, virtually all the CF mainpage WODs work fine with plain iron. Exceptions are overhead squats and snatches, because you won't want to bail and potentially wreck your bar. But at the moderate fairly weights we use for everything else (including clean and jerk), you'll be able to lower the barbell under control just fine, with some practice.
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Old 09-17-2008, 01:51 PM   #8
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Re: DIY Question.

Hey, i went to college in Binghamton. Anyway...

Before I had bumpers, and sometimes even now for fun, I do the oly lifts outside and dump the weight when needed on the grass. Somehow you can just let loose when you have plenty of space to just dump if the lift goes nutz.
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Old 11-01-2008, 10:40 AM   #9
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Re: DIY Question.

Get a ******* timer. It is great.
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Old 11-01-2008, 10:54 AM   #10
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Re: DIY Question.

If I had less than $100 to my name, working out (much less workout equipment) wouldn't even be on my radar screen.
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