Thursday, December 20, 2012

Fitness Anchor review


Sunday, March 18, 2012

Battling Hose in place of Ropes

Hey DIY strengthsters

With the mild winter we had here in Iowa, were at the end of March and getting 80 degrees temps.  I love it.  This is letting me get the yard cleaned up a bit early.  In the process of cleaning up, I ran across an old garden hose.  Hmmmmm.  What can I do with that?  In my years of physical training, I've come to the realization that everything comes down to movements.  Not individual exercise machines or specialty equipment, but movements that you do with a given object. Once understanding this, everything is a tool to train with.  How many of you have yourself some battling ropes or other brand of undulating rope?  How many of you don't because you didn't want to spend upwards of $200 for them?  Enter the garden hose.  They are cheap.  For introducing kids and women to the rope movements, the garden hose works great.  If they are to light for you, plug one end, fill with dry sand and plug the other end. A heavier battling hose.  Experiment with it.  It is definitely a DIY project anyone can do with big payoffs in your health.  They roll up and store easy.  As I continue to experiment with it, I'll keep you updated.


Get out there, train and Do It Yourself.
PS.
Firehose works as well.  It may not be as readily available and not as user friendly on the hands.
I have some and will show you what I do with the firehose.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

How to plump up your sandbag

Hey DIY strengthsters

I was talking with a friend yesterday and like always we covered many topics and most of them training. We were talking sandbags and he told me a gem of an idea.  It was so simple and cheap I had to share with you.  In my experience using sandbags, you have one and the more sand you put in the bigger and more full it gets.  Very good, what about when you don't have it filled all the way up, but you still want that full, plump feel to the bag?  Here is what you can do. Pillows.  That's right, pillows, the things you use at night to sleep on.  With all the heads in my house we have tons of pillows, I grabbed one from my sons room and he probably won't even notice.  You can use small pillows, body pillows or regular pillows. Whatever it takes to plump up your sandbag without adding extra weight.


Give it a try and let me know how it feels.

Ryan

Friday, October 7, 2011

Redneck Rebounder

Hey DIY strengthsters,

I just posted this at the SG blog too.  It's simply fun and cheap + great training! The good ole rebounder(mini trampoline) someone threw out and a 16 lb bowling ball.  Add a decline bench in the mix and you have some redneck fitness going on.





This is a blast! Think of the possibilities. 
Enjoy your weekend.
Ryan

Saturday, September 24, 2011

DIY Rebounder and Sandbells

Hey DIY strengthsters

Using the rebounder as a training partner is a blast!  It also gives you fitness in many ways.  Some of the basic exercises you can do.  The overhead slam and catch, the side chop and catch, toss and grab.  The rebounding will really wake up your coordination and reflexes.  The harder you throw against the rebounder the faster it comes back!  In this video 2 of my kids are using their Sandbells to have fun!



Have fun with getting healthy!
Ryan

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Make your own rebounder

Hey DIY strengthsters

Have you heard or seen something called a rebounder?  It's nothing more than a mini trampoline on a metal frame for quite a few green backs.  I'm going to show you a cheap might I say redneck way to build your own for nothing if your resourceful.  Bowling balls, bowling alleys have tons of old ones they'll probably let you have one.  Mini trampolines are cheap, but I've got 2 that I found on peoples curbside a few years back.  Check out the video, it's pretty self explanatory.  If you have questions or would like to see a DIY rebounder frame work kit made available, let me know.  I'm thinking a hardware kit that you would be able to buy and using your own 2x4 and plywood slap together a rebounder frame that would adjust in height and give you more stability.  Shoot me an email with your thoughts. ryanjpitts1@gmail.com


Have fun and be strong.
Ryan

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

PVC clubs

Hey DIY strengthsters,

I'm glad everyone is enjoying their DIY PVC clubs.  They are a great way to get the feel of club swinging at a nice price.  The ones you can get on this site are done with extra care and added bonuses.  First, your PVC parts have knobs, edges and or other protrusions.  I sand them all off for you.  Then I also paint them with a black primer.  Check out the pics.  They are nice and must have if you are new to club swinging. And if your not to handy, I've got ya covered.