Or you can perform an entire workout with one kettle bell on the days you can’t make it to the gym. If you’re just starting out or you don’t have much cash, consider making your own kettle bell with items you might already have at home.
DIY kettle bells are easy and cheap to make, you can purchase everything you need at your nearest home improvement store or online. Well, why do you think dumbbell are called like that? Because they are DUMB (as in stupid) hahaha, sorry, I couldn't resist.
Not only is it inexpensive and quick to make, but it’s a lighter weight which is great for those new to kettle bells. If you are travelling and don’t have exercise equipment or access to a gym, this Milk Jug Kettle bell is a great option.
Order your kayak dry bag Feel it with water and that's it! Depending on the size of the bag you purchase, you could fill it with up to 60-70 pounds of water.
I would suggest buying a high quality Kayak Dry Bag that would last longer. Take a piece of rope and tie to each end of the dumbbell’s handle, that's it.
Choose the thickness of your handle (rope) to suit the grip size of your hand. In some ways, the looseness of the rope mimics the instability of a kettle bell.
A rope end could easily come loose, or the limp handle may cause an injury. Make the handle by securing the two 4” pieces of pipe on either side of the “T” fitting.
Finish your DIY kettle bell by attaching the floor flange. The handle may be uncomfortably wide, especially for shorter people as they swing between their legs.
This DIY kettle bell will be more expensive if you purchase weight plates. Gloves are recommended to protect your hands, however they reduce your contact with the kettle bell and increase the chance of blisters when the material gets pinched.
Check the T-Handle kettle bell frequently for wear and loose parts. The bottom two elbows allow for more contact area to create a stronger bond in the cement.
Cut your ball open with one six inch slit that has small holes on either side big enough for the pipe handle elbows to fit in easily. This DIY kettle bell is a fixed weight and it is determined by the size of the ball you buy.
Heat the PVC pipe in an oven set at 350 °C for a few minutes until it is moldable. Cut into your basketball ball with a utility knife in a capital “I” shape.
Good for long-term use This handle mimics the shape of a real kettle bell and it is smooth on the hands. When heating the PVC pipe handle in the oven, do not leave it unattended.
Now that we’ve looked at several kinds of DIY kettle bells, what it comes down to is personal preference. If you desire a kettle bell that is easily adjustable, you’ll want to stick with the T-handle with the weight plates.
No matter which DIYkettlebell you choose to make, you’ll be saving yourself money while creating an amazing fitness tool. Even if you would be limited to performing only swings with your make-shift kettle bell, you will still be burning fat, strengthening your muscles, and increasing your endurance in just a few short workouts a week.
While looking for ways to change up our current workout program, I came across the Russian Kettle bell. They provide a great, well-rounded workout for strength training as well fat loss.
I have since built 5 Kettle bells of various weights and have been extremely impressed by the durability of the product as well as the options we now have when working out at home. Kettle bell exercises employ a wider range of motion than traditional dumbbells and typically involves swinging and explosive movements that utilize the full body.
Tools: -1 Hacksaw or Jig Saw -1 Heat Gun or Oven -1 Bucket (for mixing) -1 Small Garden Spade or similar tool (for mixing and transferring concrete to the ball) -1 Pair of Scissors The handle used for these Kettle bells is made from PVC pipe which has been heated and bent to form.
I have found that 3/4” PVC (sch 40) has been sufficient for smaller weights (10 – 20 lbs. To save costs on these builds I've begun using PVC Conduit (for electrical installations).
Once packed full, use Duct Tape to seal the other opening of the PVC. Once the PVC has been filled with sand and sealed with Duct tape, it is ready to be heated and formed.
With the oven method, I would wrap the PVC with tin-foil, place it on a baking sheet and heat it at 350F for 10min. Ultimately you want the PVC to be shaped like a triangle with nicely rounded corners.
NOTE: if you are not happy with the shape of the handle, simply use a heat gun to re-heat the area of concern and re-shape it again. The ball is being used as a form for the concrete as well as a nice rubber coating for the finished Kettle bell.
Be sure to insert the handle as a test to ensure the length of the slit is correct. Note: This latest build was for the wife (hence the pink & white ball).
Add just enough water (a little at a time) to the bucket and mix until the concrete mixture is a thick paste. Once your Quite is mixed to the correct consistency, use a small garden spade or similar tool to spoon the concrete mixture into the ball.
Make sure to shake the ball and lightly tap it on the ground to get the concrete settled to the bottom. Once the ball is filled, check that your handle is still at your desired depth and is also nice and straight.
Basketball Cement PCV Pipe Duct Tape Sand Paint (If desired) Remove the PVC Pipe from the oven and carefully bend it to a handle shape that will look appropriate for your basketball.
However, it is important that you are careful while following the instructions, as this method is a little more difficult compared to the others on the list. Make sure that the lid is completely sealed to avoid spills and injuries while working out.
Note: The Kettle bell Milk Jug DIY is one of the best to try because it is very easy to make, and it is the least expensive out of all the options. Since some exercises require a kettle bell, it is easy to make a balanced and matching set as well.
Note: This is one of the easiest ways to get a kettle bell, but it requires you to make a tiny purchase. Make sure that the dry bag that you buy has high quality and decide on the size depending on the weight that you can carry.
In this article, we’ll teach you the different ways on how to make homemade kettle bells. DIY kettle bells are also cheap to make so you won’t have to spend too much and you can even use some materials available at home.
If you have a deflated unused basketball at home, you can use it to make your own homemade kettle bell. Making a kettle bell using basketball may take a bit of time and some materials.
Tools Hacksaw or jigsaw Heat gun or oven Bucket Small garden spade A Pair of scissors Use the hacksaw to cut the PVC to a length you’ll be comfortable to hold as a handle.
Another alternative is to wrap it with tin-foil, place it in a baking sheet, and heat it for 350 F for about 10 minutes. Making the Kettle bell Cut the basketball open in a manner where the handle can fit halfway inside.
You can do this by cutting a slit that will make part of the handle fit inside. Once the ball is almost filled, insert the handle at a depth that you will be comfortable to hold at.
After checking everything, wipe excess concrete with a damp cloth and let your homemade kettle bell dry for 24 hours. After 24 hours, do some finishing touches like spray paint or thorough cleaning and you can now use your homemade kettle bell.
Making a homemade kettle bell using a milk jug will only take up 2 to 3 minutes. MaterialsInstructions Fill the empty milk jug with sand or water to add weight to it.
Using sand is better because you might accidentally drop the homemade kettle bell and probably make less of a mess if you use water. Advantages of Using Milk Jug Kettle bell It’s great for beginners as the weight of a milk jug is light compared to other homemade kettle bell alternatives.
It doesn’t cost money at all to make as long as you have a spare milk jug at home. It’s a convenient option especially if you are traveling and don’t want to spend money at the gym to exercise.
The rope is flexible compared to the rigid handle of a kettle bell so it might cause some accidents. Personally, it’s great for light forms of kettle bell workouts because if you’re not careful and the rope loosens then you might have a destroyed appliance at home.
Remember to prioritize safety when making your own homemade kettle bell. In 2018, he received his Pro Card with the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) in Classic Physique.
Last week, I designed a workout for them that involved kettle bell swings. I knew they did not own a kettlebell, so I recommended using an old milk jug filled with sand or even a laundry detergent canister for the swings.
Strength Secret of The Soviet Supermen, I suggest building the more elaborate homemade KB’s or even purchasing your own. This version is quick, easy and a very cheap way to throw kettle bell swings into your training immediately.
*If you feel this is too wide for your legs, or hands, you can buy smaller pieces for your handles. Use duct tape to widen diameter and dampen the noise.
The “Kettle Bell” or Russian Kettle is a traditional training instrument developed in Russia and made famous by Pavel Tsatsouline and Valery Fedorenko. Basically it's a big, iron ball with a handle that you swing around, lift and juggle.
Essentially, the centered/raised position of the handle allows the main pay-load to swing, which means that you have to use your grip strength much more to control it, and it becomes harder to use natural mechanical advantage to lift the weight. This Instructable involves welding, bending and shaping metal at high temperatures and working with concrete.
Materials: -1 bag quite concrete mix (the “just add water” kind) -1 dollar store inflatable rubber ball (smaller than a basket ball, ideally) -2.5 ft. #8 (1inch diameter) Rebar or steel pipe (with rebar you get extra weight, which means less concrete, which means it's more compact and easier to use. Make sure you cut the ends of the top and side pieces at an angle so that they fit together flush.
If you chose to go with the forge/torch option, basically just make the handle shape in the above proportions by bending a single long section of rebar. If you used steel pipe, you can probably find corner fittings that will do the job and you can just solder them.
No matter what size you decide to make the handle, and of what material, be sure that the side pieces or 'arms' to extend a few extra inches so that they can have some decent depth when you set them in concrete. This is to reinforce the rubber because it will warp significantly when you deflate it and pour in the concrete.
You can also use a slurry of plaster of Paris, or plaster-impregnated gauze strips to coat the outside -- these will be more expensive and time-consuming, but will product much more aesthetically pleasing results. When it's pretty well covered, cut the holes out with a utility knife and connect them with a slit.
Once you have the holes set up and the slit in the middle to pour the concrete in you can fill it with water to figure out exactly how much concrete you'll need to mix, but be careful: the rubber is pretty fragile and even with the tape, it will rip easily. You can also get a slightly less exact measurement by calculating the volume of the ball.
Put the mold in your first bucket and pad it with some newspaper to keep it centered. I just took two long pieces of string and tied them to some ceiling beams in my studio and tied them to the corners of the handle until it hung parallel to the ground with the arms low enough down to sit in the mold in the right place.
Make sure the arms stick far enough down into the mold and that they are not so high up that you have a giant handle. I typically just mix by hand in a big bucket since it's only a small amount.
It doesn't have to be perfect, but the more water you have the weaker it will be when it dries and the harder it will be to work with. You can cut the top off of a wide-mouthed 2 liter bottle and use it as a funnel if you don't want to be messy, or you can just pour it in a scoop it out with your hands.
When the concrete has dried or at least cured to a reasonable strength, you can cut the mold away. The valve pokes out on the inside of the ball and will get stuck in your concrete.