These are the tools of my trade. They don’t look like barbells and weight plates, as a matter of fact they aren’t much like them at all. Nope, these provide a better workout and build more real world strength than the bench press could on its best day. This old tractor tire and this 10 pound sledgehammer (at a total cost of $15; $0 for the tire and $15 for the sledge at Home Depot) provide all the health and strength benefits of chopping wood without the hassle of hunting down wood to chop. Pretty soon this tire will be joined by either a much larger tire to flip or a tire of similar size filled with concrete- at this point the tire itself weighs about 75 pounds.
In addition to these two fitness tools I’ve also managed to acquire a few more workout goodies at a pretty reasonable price- less than $100. I acquired the agility ladder (sitting on top of the free weights) for a few dollars on Amazon.com. The Sandbag was an internet purchase that set me back about $50, but it was worth it. The feel of wrapping your fingers around the cloth and lifting the bag in the air, slamming the bag back onto your shoulder, and then pressing 100 or so pounds of shifting sand over your head is so much better than boring old gym shoulder presses- you won’t believe it until you try it!
But these are only the toys I have thus far acquired, I have a vision for a new fitness apparatus. One that I will build myself.
This picture shows the remains of the climbing wall that the previous owners left behind back in 2005. Five wooden poles buried into the ground about two feet deep and measuring about 12 feet high. What can I do with this? Well, with the addition of some more boards and some metal I can turn this into several different Ninja Warrior obstacles (I am thinking a curtain cling on one side, a peg board, and some bars going across the length of the structure). If you have any suggestions, don’t be afraid to share them.