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Dumbbells Andrew 05/14/14(Wed)12:56 UTC+1 No.638184 Report

Hi guys,
I would like to do some dumbbells because the ones at the shops are expensive and why not have my customized ones right?

I have the idea of how to do it but I was thinking what material would be the cheapest and use less space? I thought about concrete but I still think they would be too big if I wanted to do let's say 20kg each side.

Has anyone done it before? How did you do it?
Anonymous 05/14/14(Wed)17:06 UTC+1 No.638257 Report

1) buy some free weights on Craigslist. I live in a sparsely populated area and yet I can always find some for fifteen to twenty cents a pound.
2) obtain scrap bars with diameter equal to the holes in the weights you get.
3) weld.

Or, if you're more concerned with space and don't mind adjusting the dumbbells when you use them, get the weights and couple of dumbbell bars (pic related). You should be able to find those on CL as well.

As for concrete, it is cheap but iron is more than three times denser. Your choice.
Anonymous 05/17/14(Sat)04:58 UTC+1 No.639343 Report

im dirt poor. (not op)

Stole some of those big water-cooler bottles, about 20kg each. Then scav'd some timer, used a knife to carve it circular (ish) for my hands. Makes good yo
Anonymous 05/17/14(Sat)06:46 UTC+1 No.639375 Report


put sand in the warter
Anonymous 05/17/14(Sat)09:43 UTC+1 No.639417 Report

Those are walmart weights. I have those exact ones. Just buy one 20lb and do curls with each hand one at a time. Works for me.
Anonymous 05/19/14(Mon)14:00 UTC+1 No.640283 Report

Look at the pictures of various outdoor / ghetto gym's. E.g.:
Usually it's various consumables - car brake discs, tyres, wheels. Large nuts and destroyed bearings. Burned out electric motors. Circular drain covers. Rail fragments.
Some washing machines have iron weights.
Anonymous 05/19/14(Mon)15:14 UTC+1 No.640301 Report

i have a gym made out of buckets

two buckets with wood and concrete to make the squat / bench rack

buckets modified with rope and a metal handle to curl with

it all cost about 25 bucks, its a temp solution until i get my numbers back up to a normal number to justify getting a power cage and proper equipment

also troll craigslist for months and you will find one, also be quick bro
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