My good friend, Seth Crooks, created two pieces of homemade exercise equipment. In keeping with the mission here, he spent $0 to make both of them. Like most of us, he had scrap materials lying around his house.
The first piece of equipment was a homemade heavy rope, while the other is something I hadn’t seen before. We call it a Heavy Bar.
See, Seth didn’t have a heavy rope just lying around his yard (who does right?). What he did have was a skinny little rope from a playground set or something (I never did ask him where he got it from). To make it heavy, he added small sections (about 3-4 inches) of PVC pipe, interspersed with sections of wood that was duct taped to the rope. It looked like my kids’ beaded necklaces, but it worked perfectly. The PVC withstood the slamming on the ground during the jumping and the wood added the perfect amount of weight.
Seth knows that you have to name your homemade equipment. So the heavy rope is now officially called “Rocky.”
But the highlight of his ingenuity is Rocky’s partner…yep you guessed it…”Apollo.”
Seth had a long section around 8 or 9 feet long of landscape lumber – 3 pieces nailed together to be exact. After shaking out all the bugs and critters living in the creases, he attached two pieces of that rope to some plywood, and then screwed those on to make handles. I know…awesome, right?
But Seth didn’t stop there. He also had to come up with a unique exercise just for his homemade Heavy Bar. There are 2 versions so far. The Wall Touch and the Row Boat Wall Touch. They look easy on the video, but trust me they are not. The wall touch in and of itself takes a lot of strength. To make it more dynamic, we tried to pick a mark high on the wall and touch that for the Row Boat Wall Touch.
And of course there are tons of the usual movements you can do with the Heavy Bar such as a Press, Floor Wipers, etc. Just think of most things you can do with a barbell and you can do it with the Heavy Bar.
Yet, that is still not the end of it. To round things off, Seth came up with his first workout with the Heavy Bar. He named it Apollo 1000. That post will be coming soon!
Now you have to leave a comment about what you think of all of this because it is just so cool. Does it inspire you to go treasure hunting out behind your shed?