DIY exercise equipment
The WaPo profiles Hard Training Club in the Adams Morgan district of Washington, D.C., which distinguishes itself from other gyms by the fact that “virtually everything in the place is homemade.” Take, for instance, the multi-purpose monkey bars constructed from salvaged parts, or the 20-lb medicine balls made from old basketballs. After cutting a slot to fill the basketball with sand, it is sealed with Liquid Nails (“It shuts it like a Band-Aid”) and bandaged with Duct Tape.
The end result is an improvement over most commercial brands because they don’t bounce, hence they can be used for an exercise called “slam ball,” which involves smacking a ball to the ground with all of your power, scooping it up and repeating. Plus, medicine balls are the first step toward making tornado balls, another project Schuler hopes to tackle. The idea is to enclose the ball in a basketball net and run a string from one side so you can whip it around.
Read more about workouts with DIY equipment here.