After the recent collection of homemade equipment was published, my inbox was filled with questions about the T-handle, which I used to perform heavy punches. Many of the questions were identical to those that I saw more than ten years ago when I first demonstrated the T-handle. With that in mind, it's time to publish a short guide for those interested in creating this inexpensive but very effective tool.
Below you will find a short T-handle tutorial that I recently posted on my Instagram page.
To assemble the T-handle, I used a 3/4 inch pipe (inner diameter) the size of a 1-inch dumbbell handle. Therefore, I use standard 1-inch iron plates when doing rocking with a tool. A complete list of details is given below.
- 12 inch pipe nipple
- Floor flange
- Tee Fitting
- Two 3 1/2 inch pipe nipples
- Standard 1-inch dumbbell collar
Olympic Plate Alternative
If you want to use standard Olympic plates, rather than 1-inch plates, there are two options. One of them is to use larger pipes and fittings (for example, an internal diameter of 1.5 inches). Another option is to stick with a 3/4 inch pipe, but add a cap on top and bottom of standard Olympic-sized plates. For example, place a 2.5 pound plate (1 inch) at the bottom, then fold the Olympic plates and add another 2.5 pound plate on top (just below the collar). This will keep the larger Olympic diameter plates in place while you swing the standard size T-handle.
What about Kettlebells
Whenever I mention my T-handle, there is always at least one answer from someone who asks about weights. For starters, I have nothing against the kettlebell. I have some. However, I prefer the T-shaped handle for a swing. I like being able to adjust the load in seconds by adding or removing weight.
For example, in the video above you can see my waving 200 pounds. Realistically, however, I can perform 25, 50, 75, 100, 125, 150, 175 or 200 pound vibrations with these plates. I could also add 2.5, 5, or 10 pound plates if I wanted to make small adjustments. This can be very useful for the first transition to heavier loads. The T-shaped pen gives me such luxury.
Thus, I do not get paid if you go to a household appliance store and buy plumbing supplies for making a T-shaped handle. I have no financial interest in the game. I just recommend a tool that I have used with great success for many years. The T-shaped handle is ridiculously easy to manufacture, and for many years now it has been the main one in my training.
A T-handle swing can be made with lighter loads to develop stamina, or they can be made with heavier loads to create strength and power, especially in the hips and back chain. The learning curve is also almost nothing. The exercise is easy to perform, but very useful for athletes involved in almost any sport.
"To invent, you need a good imagination and a lot of garbage." – Thomas Edison