It is hard to believe that I first showed automatic rollers with homemade wheels back in 2005. You can see these old frames here. Fifteen years later, the same wheels are still spinning. Not too shabby for a set of wheels that probably has more mileage than any set of ab wheels in the world! Between me and my athletes, the wheels were beaten week after week for over 15 years and are still good, like new. They are virtually indestructible.
Homemade Wheel Tutorial
I have already published textbooks on wheels, but with the advent of new readers daily, it does not hurt to share others.
Each video consists of the following:
- Two 6-inch tires for lawn mowers
- One 10-inch hex head bolt (1/2 inch thick)
- Three clamps
To assemble the parts, start by fastening one tire on each end of the hex bolt. Use clamps to secure the wheels. Wrap each handle with duct tape to increase its thickness. The 1/2 inch hex bolt per se is too thin.
A more visually appealing model can be made with pipe insulation or PVC around the handle. This past video shows step by step instructions.
Home vs. Commercial
Whenever I discuss homemade equipment, I am always asked about commercial alternatives. For example, a few minutes after the publication of the video above, I saw two questions about these wheels. on amazon. Unfortunately, I am not familiar with the product. When I created my wheels, there were no commercial options. Maybe I should have patented my design!
Apart from all the jokes, I prefer my wheels to the commercial models I saw. The mower tire is designed for use in harsh outdoor conditions. Most commercial rollers are made with cheaper plastic wheels. Such wheels are not so durable and not so smooth on the pavement.
The hex bolts I used are also much stronger than the commercial alternatives. This is especially important for me when doing rollouts with one hand. I need strong equipment to support my weight (and possibly a weighted vest).
Thus, it has nothing to do with my life if you make a set of clips or if you shop on AmazonI'm just sharing what worked well for me and my athletes. And I say this, well aware of the fact that most people are not interested in making home equipment. Good. You don’t have to do your own business to take advantage of the exercises shown above.
Therefore, all that I actually do in this recording is to encourage you to try one-handed commercials (commercial or home-made). My wheels have been the basis of my basic training for many years. In fact, there is no other tool that I would prefer to train. This is how I enjoyed the wheels.
Have a nice ride!
“Greatest ideas are the simplest.” – William Golding
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