Tuesday, August 31, 2010

DIY Club exercise Outside in circle

Hey DIY strenghtsters

Glad to hear all the feedback from those that have made their own PVC clubs.  This video shows the opposite direction swing of the inside/ outcast.  Very easy to do when looked at and practiced.  Give it a shot and see how you do.  The more practice, the smoother the movements!

Are you ready to do double club swinging? 


Monday, August 30, 2010

DIY PVC Indian Clubs painted

Hey DIY strengthsters

I hope you have taken the time to make yourself a set of PVC clubs.  They are a lot of fun, easy and give you a taste of the benefits of club swinging.  Last week I showed one exercise to do for starting off your swinging.   Tomorrow I will show you the reverse movement.  Another great exercise.  Now if you have made a set already, you may choose to paint them.  I painted a couple of sets with black paint.  They look really cool and more club looking!  Check out this cool pic. 
The set pictured is using the 3" PVC and are 24" long.  I like the painted look much better than the white PVC look.  What do you think?    If you want a set of DIY PVC clubs but don't want to DIY I've got a link on the main blog page to get them already done and ready to swing. 
Enjoy your Monday!

Friday, August 27, 2010

DIY Club exercise in 3 steps

Hey DIY strengthsters

It's another awesome Friday!  Here is a quick and easy way to learn one of the super club swinging movements.  3 steps and your on your way.  This is an inside to outcast swing.  Learn it light and feel the movement, then add weight as you need.  I'm using my DIY PVC club that I painted black.  Watch the video, make your club and swing!

Keep the requests coming and I'll keep putting out the content! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

DIY Club exercises

Hello DIY strengthsters

This is a short hello and what to look for tomorrow.  I will be posting some club exercises using your own DIYstrength PVC indian clubs.  You'll love em.  These will get you started on your club swinging and health seeking journey.  This was requested, so as you've heard, ask and you shall receive.  Remember I want this blog to be not just mine, but yours and all those that are seeking health.(on a budget)  :)
Till tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Neck Strength

Hey DIY strengthsters

Neck strength training should be a part of every routine.  It's an overlooked area that should be a focus in your training.  A strong neck is good for health and adds to your overall strength.   What to do for your neck?  Neck strap.  You can.  I have a couple.  They are not made for comfort and most people have theirs stashed away collecting dust.  Isometric neck exercises.  They work and are easy to do.  Special neck helmets.  I also have one and they are not for beginners and have a jerky, thud, feeling.  As simple and convenient exercise to strengthen the neck consists of a heavy duty strap, bungee cord and winter hat.  Or cheaper yet, a winter hat and bungee cord.
Put the hat on, use a longer bungee cord and loop it around your forehead above ears.  You'll do this in four directions, right, left, front and back.  The right, left, front can be done with you holding the bungee or exercise band as you do the neck flexion.  You can also attach to a fixed object, power rack, pull up bar, anything that'll allow you to get in position and do the neck flexing.  Do it in a controlled manner and adjust tension by how close have the cord to your head.  It's a nice and easy way to start training your neck.  Start off easy and keep the reps higher(15-20) when beginning.  The neck adapts fast to work and it won't take long to feel the pillar of power holding your noggin up high and proud.   Here's a quick video.


Sunday, August 22, 2010

DIY Big PVC Club

Hey DIY strengthsters.

I love being creative!  I have an artistic streak in me and a crazy imagination. Put that together with a insatiable desire for strength & health.  First I gave you StrongerGrip.com and now DIY Strength.  In this post is the list of goodies you'll need for a PVC Big club.  It has a thick handle, like the other small one. Handle diameter is just under 2"(1.9").   The Big one shown is 19" overall length, you can make it longer by cutting the 3" PVC to a longer size.
All right here is the list.
1) 3" PVC Cleanout Plug       $1.47
2) 3" PVC Cleanout Adapter  $3.14
3) 3" PVC Coupling               $1.69
4) 3" PVC Pipe cut to 5" or whatever you choose. Approx. $.78 a foot  $.32 for a 5" pc.
5) 3" to 1-1/2" PVC Coupling  $2.97
6) 1-1/2" PVC Pipe cut to 10" for handle $.28
7) 1-1/2" PVC Cap               $ .76

And there you have it. $10.63 for components.  With the 3" and 1-1/2" PVC you get that in 10' bars or I did find at Home Depot 2' lengths.
This Big Club at these dimensions weighs 2-1/2 lbs empty and I loaded it up with steel media and it weighed 13 lbs.  With the big handle, it's a nice weight.  Want it heavier? Cut the 3" longer.  As you can see I put a link to cut the chase and buy these complete and shipped to you.  I even let you choose desired length from 18" up to 24".

If you have any questions, let me know.  If you don't like the white PVC plumbing look, I plan on testing some plastic approved paint and see how it works out on them.  And I'll share any tips or helpful suggestions on painting them.  I'll keep the DIY projects coming.

DIY for strength and fun

Hey DIY strengthsters.

Thanks for the feedback on the clubs.  These are a super way to get familiar with circular strength training.  Doing yourself is what got me started making the high quality stuff at StrongerGrip.com
Personal experience with making my own equipment and cutting corners(being cheap) led me to sharing some solid ideas with the world.  Think of the projects that you have made for yourself.  After using them for a while, how long have they held up? How safe are they? Was it worth the hassle and time?  These are questions for you.  I've made some that got me by, I've used them to get familiar with certain types of training.  Then if I liked them alot, I went and bought the real deal.  In my own training I want something to last and have it to be passed down to my kids.  Plus, I want the safety of something made for a purpose and by those that are focused on quality.  

What I want to share here on DIYStrength is the option of making some of your own useful strength tools to get familiar with different types of training.  I want the projects to be easy and safe to do and use.  And another thing I'm going to offer is the ability to go ahead and buy these projects finished or in packages.  Why?  Because, in searching for certain components and parts to do some of these projects, I've had to go to several stores and find the right items.  Some stores carry this and some stores carry something different.  You never know what you'll find.  From the emails I'm getting the possibility to just hit a button and get certain DIY projects delivered to you, no hassle is a huge bonus.  I'll continue to share the parts list, videos on how to put them together and then the link to just buy the project with no time spent getting the parts and putting together.   This will continue to evolve as the feedback comes in. 

Tomorrow the video and parts list for the bigger club will be available.  Sometime next week the links to buy the PVC clubs will be live as requested.   Have fun, stay strong and keep the feedback coming.


Thursday, August 19, 2010

DIY Light Weight Club

Hey DIY strengthsters,

I've got the list of stuff you'll need for a light weight club. If you are new to club swinging, this is a perfect start.  This is a fully FUNctional DIY club that weighs 1 lb empty and will load up to 3 lbs using sand and 6 lbs using steel media.  Probably 8-9 lbs using lead shot.  It gives you a tool to learn the movements and also change weights.                       
Here is the list of goods.
1) 1-1/2" PVC Pipe-10' length-$3.43 Cut to desired length.  The one shown is 16".  Plenty left over!
2) 1-1/2" PVC Cleanout Plug   $.48
3) 1-1/2" PVC Cleanout A       $.72
4) 1-1/2" PVC coupling           $.45
5) PVC Cement Clear           $2.99
Total of $5.85 with PVC cement which will be enough for all the clubs you want to make.  Just for the PVC parts, the cost is $2.86!  Pretty cheap for a club. Make a set and get swinging!

That's it for the light one.  I'll get the list and video for the bigger one next week.  And of course some videos of them in use as well.


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Old School DIY leg press

Hey DIY strengthsters.

There's something about using your imagination to come up with ways to exercise.  Inspiration has to come from somewhere.  Check out this picture out of a 1952 Strength & Health mag.  It was a column by Siegmund(Sig) Klein.  What a brilliant idea.  I can think of many ways to make this possible and better.  If anybody would like to see this, but improved, let me know and I'll make it a DIY project for everyone. 

This is a fun blog for me and the ideas are rolling!


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Get Ready For DIY Strength

Hey DIY strengthsters,

I'm Ryan J Pitts, creator of StrongerGrip.com.  I have a passion for health & strength.  I want people to live life to it's fullest.  Being strong & healthy is one step to this goal.  I've helped many people on their journey with the high quality strength tools at StrongerGrip.com.  I love doing this.  But, I not only want to provide high quality equipment, I also want those who want to get strong & healthy but are on a budget to be able to make some high quality DIY strength tools and take away the excuse  "I can't afford it".  There are other DIY projects out there, some good, some not so good.  I'm taking my experience in the manufacturing and creation of equipment and bringing to the DIY seekers.  I will show you some super projects.  I will give you many options for building them.  Some of you are handy and some of you need step by step help.  I want your interaction with this process.  I want to know what you'd like to DIY.

Here is my vision for this.  On the surface, you will see some fantastic designs that'll spark your imagination.  I see the possibilities of offering step by step plans and videos.  For the ones who know they are not handy but still would like to have the DIY projects, I foresee plans and kits that can be purchased and you'll get a DIY in a box, only need assembly!  This is going to be fun.  Check out the first video of some terrific DIY clubs.

I want to help DIY ers on all levels.  With your input, this will help everyone in their pursuit of health & strength.