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Build your own fitness equipment

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Medicine Ball

What You’ll Need:

  • An old soccer ball, volleyball or basketball
  • Air nozzle to let the air out of the ball
  • Pointy scissors
  • Funnel
  • Enough sand to fi ll the ball
  • Screwdriver
  • Paper towels or old rags
  • Light sandpaper
  • Inner-tube patch kit

What You’ll Do:

1. Let all the air out of the ball. With the scissors, poke a hole in the ball just big enough to fit the funnel in. Pour as much sand into the
ball as you can.


2. Using the screwdriver, poke the paper towels or rags tightly into the ball. This will fill any empty space in the ball.


3. Sand and clean the area around the hole so you can get a strong seal when you apply the rubber patch. Following the directions on the patch kit, cover and seal the hole. You are now ready to toss your medicine ball.


Jump Rope

What You’ll Need:

  • Ten feet of 1⁄4″ or 5⁄16″ polyester rope. You can shorten the rope to fit your height.
  • Two 1⁄2″ x 7″ PVC pipes
  • Two 3⁄8″ non-galvanized washers
  • Electrical tape, to keep the rope ends from unraveling

What You’ll Do:

1. Tightly tape both ends of the rope. Push the rope through the PVC pipes and the washers. Tie a knot on the ends of the rope, and your jump rope is complete.


Wrist Roller

What You’ll Need:

  • 1-gallon milk jug
  • 1″ x 2″ x 16″ board
  • Hand saw
  • Sandpaper
  • 6′ of strong cord

What You’ll Do:

1. Cut the board to size and sand it.


2. Tie the cord to the jug handle and onto the center of the board.


3. Fill the milk jug with water until it is the desired weight. Your wrist roller is complete.


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10 Comments on Build your own fitness equipment

  1. If you have kids using these I wouldn’t use cement. The sand will not hurt nearly as bad if dropped on your foot. I’m still laughing at the “never rotting pumpkin” comment.

  2. smart people here I see

  3. Awesome!!!

  4. U can use ur schl bag filled with books as a weight 4 ur leg workouts as lunges,squats & calf raises !

  5. EG Cub Scout // January 2, 2015 at 11:19 am // Reply

    Cool I’m rating this🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

  6. This is Odom dood

  7. Awsome!!!!!!!👍👍😃😄😄😀😉

  8. First Class Scout, Appalachian Mountain Vampire Bat Patrol, Troop 427 // December 27, 2014 at 5:50 pm // Reply

    These are really great ideas. I took a basketball and filled it with quick drying concrete and cement. Then I took acrylic paint and drew a face on it. I use it as my never rotting leather covered Halloween pumpkin. My never rotting leather covered Halloween Pumpkin weighs about the same as a ten pin bowling ball– about thirty pounds to fifty pounds of concrete and cement. Then, I use a heavy duty commercial grade steel chain link chain and anchor my never rotting pumpkin to my fence post as my Halloween Pumpkin decoration. I use a flood light to make my pumpkin visible during Halloween. It is really great to have a never rotting Halloween pumpkin. I have a second basketball that I filled with quick drying concrete and cement to use as a “boulder style” fitness shot put. My personal best in physical fitness is to throw with one arm a thirty pound basketball (ten pin bowling ball) shot put about twenty-seven (27) feet. These are really great fitness ideas.

  9. First Class Scout, Black and White Orca Patrol, Troop 872 // December 27, 2014 at 4:02 pm // Reply

    These are really great ideas. It is really neat on how to make a homemade shot put out of sand and a deflated leather soccer ball. Instead of using sand, if a person uses quick drying sidewalk cement and puts the cement inside of the leather soccer ball or leather volleyball, a person can make a fitness ball that weighs the same amount as a concrete and cement bowling ball (a fitness ball that weighs between fifteen pounds and fifty pounds). These are really great ideas.

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