However as with any business having a budget in mind is prudent. I could have said I needed an open account but instead rose to the challenge of building a dedicated workout space for this business with a budget of $200.00. I was given a challenge of endless possibilities!
Today we went shopping at Home Depot, The Crucible's favorite DYI fitness equipment store. On my way to meet my friend I stopped at the tire store and got two free used light truck tires and tossed them in the back of my truck.
I had a shopping list roughed out on paper and since my friend was familar with the guerilla style of training we do at The Crucible he was able to visualize how it would all come together much better than one who only uses a Globo-Gym or a fitness center for working out.
We bought the following:
(1) 4 inch diameter x 10 ft Corex Solid Drain Tile
(4) 4 inch Solid Corex Caps
(3) 1 inch diameter x 10 ft Schedule 40 pipe
(3) 10.5 foot lengths of chain link fence top rail
(1) 3 inch diameter x 10 foot Schedule 40 PVC pipe
(4) 3 inch PVC caps
(2) 2 inch diameter x 10 foot Schedule 40 PVC pipe
(8) 2 inch PVC caps
(1) 1.25 inch diameter x 10 foot Schedule 40 PVC pipe
(4) 1.25 inch PVC "T's"
(8) 1.25 inch PVC caps
(4) 1.25 inch PVC 90 degree elbows
(2) 8 foot lengths of 5/8 inch polybraid rope
(2) 3/8 x 4 inch eyebolts
(2) 3/8 split ring lockwashers
(2) 3/8 hex nuts
(2) 3/8 flat washers
(6) 8 x8 x16 cinder blocks
(4) 8 x 8 x 8 cinder blocks
(1) 2 ich x 27 foot webbing load tie down strap
(4) Spring Quick Links
200 pounds of sand
(2) rolls of duct tape
(1) box of #10 x 3/4 sheet metal screws
The total bill with tax came to $170.23 !
With it together we made the following:
(2) "Black Mambas" - using the Corex Drainage tile we filled them with sand to weigh 25 pounds each. These are great for carries, squats and much more.
(2) 25 pound PVC tubes using the 3 inch tubes and adding 17.5 pounds of sand.
(4) 2 inch PVC tubes adding sand to create 2 tubes weighing 15 pounds and 2 tubes weighing 10 pounds.
(2) Drag Tires made by drilling a 3/8 hole through the tire, placing the threaded eyebolt through the tire and double nutting in place. The 5/8 polybraid rope was tied in place to the eyebolt. Later my Iron Maiden will cut and sew three harness loops using the web load binder. Two of the spring clips will be used to secure the harness to the tire.
Partially done. You can see how the eyebolts are placed in the tires. The paralettes sit to the right of the tires and the top rail bars to the right of the paralettes.Some of the work sits in front of their paper and cardboard recycling bins. This company impresses me with its' true green approach. They have an indoor bike rack, there were a least 8 bikes racked there today, people heading out for lunch time rides and able to return for a shower, a very organized recycling system and a refrigerator filled with healthy snacks.
(1) pair of PVC paralettes using the 1.25 inch length of PVC, elbows, caps and tees.
(6) 1 inch 5 foot PVC movement and warm-up bars for practice and skill development.
(6) bars made by cutting the top rail in half. These bars can be used for warm-up, skill development and to hold cinder blocks for weight work. Full cinder blocks weigh 29 pounds, half blocks weigh 14 pounds. One can also use the 2 inch PVC as a bar if desired.
(2) 10 pound medicine "balls". These balls were made by putting 10 pounds of sand in a 1 gallon Zip-Loc bag, then placing in the empty bags from the sand we used to fill the tubes. Duct tape was used to wrap the sand into "balls".
Two of my three assistants take a moment from cleaning up to stand with their new "crucible" as they await our first workout of The Free Fitness Movement. The medicine "balls" sit in the foreground. They are good up to speeds of 250 mph.
Over the next few weeks I will be taking The Free Fitness Movement on the road, teaching classes, showing people that fitness need not be expensive, complicated or confusing, more importantly showing people that "fitness is the ability to engage in the day to day activities that bring one joy and happiness". What better way than to workout with everyday items one might have at home or have made themselves.
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Find your crucible!