DIY Equipment – T-Handle

I enjoy a good bargain and I also enjoy do it yourself projects.  That has also applied to my fitness equipment.  Most of my equipment has been purchased used and some of it I have made myself.  I am going to discuss one of those home made items today and plan on featuring others items on this blog in the future.

The first item I am going to discuss (as you can tell by the title) is the T-Handle.  This item provides you with an adjustable “kettle-bell” for swings.  It is fairly inexpensive to put together and extremely easy.  I was fortunate to get the weights for free so that also helps with the cost.  As I was driving down the road one day I noticed someone putting out a large amount of items with a free sign at the end of their driveway.  Some of those items were old plastic cement filled weights with three barbells and two dumbbell handles.  I stopped and grabbed them all.

The T-Handle is made from 3/4 inch black pipe and should cost you around $20 or so to make.  Below is a list of the parts needed:

  • 1 3/4 floor flange
  • 1 3/4 T
  • 1 3/4 12″ long pipe nipple
  • 2 3/4 3 or 3 1/2 pipe nipples
    • These are for the handles.  If you have bigger hands you may want to consider 4″.

Optional:

  • Tape for the handles
  • Clamp to keep the weights from moving.  I don’t have one in the picture below but I have used clamps in the past until mine broke.  With the weights I am using they fit fairly tight and don’t move much.

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It is important to make sure that each fitting is tight each time you use this.  I also would caution that the T-Handle is not a replacement for all kettle-bell exercises; only the two handed swing.  It is a great finisher at the end of a strength training workout and an excellent conditioning exercise.