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Gypsyplumber

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Love the painted mace, where did you get that one? It looks like cast iron, what weight is it?
It’s cast iron. I painted it myself when I got bored lol. It’s 25lbs with a extra long handle for leverage. I love it too. It’s made by onnit. I definitely recommend it.

 

Bret S.

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Certified Instructor
It’s cast iron. I painted it myself when I got bored lol. It’s 25lbs with a extra long handle for leverage. I love it too. It’s made by onnit. I definitely recommend it.

Nice!
I make my own with 2" white bamboo, basketballs and concrete. These ones are 13, 22, 26 and 30lbs, next one will be 34lb.. and maybe a 38 or 40lb. Taped some ankle weights on top of the lightest one, the rest are freshly made.
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John K

Level 7 Valued Member
Nice!
I make my own with 2" white bamboo, basketballs and concrete. These ones are 13, 22, 26 and 30lbs, next one will be 34lb.. and maybe a 38 or 40lb. Taped some ankle weights on top of the lightest one, the rest are freshly made.
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You using youth size and full size basketballs? What’ll be the next ball for the big one?
 

Bret S.

Level 8 Valued Member
Certified Instructor
You using youth size and full size basketballs? What’ll be the next ball for the big one?
I'm using Mikasa BX series basketballs off eBay.
30lb is BX 1010 - 28.5" circumference or size 6
26lb is BX 1008 - 27.5" circumference or size 5
22lb is BX 1006 -25.5" circumference or size 4
The small one is a kid's ball, not sure of the size. It weighs 13lbs, I gave it to my son. It would be good for one hand swings for me.

Next build will be:
BX 1000 - 29.5" circumference (size 7).. It will yield 34-35 lbs actual I believe.
Before building the maces I calculated weight of each one, due to displacement from the handle and flattening of the bottom they ended up lighter than my calculations, I knew this would be the case but was not sure exactly how it was going to translate in the field. What I listed above are the actual weights versus calculated weight, on average the actual weight is three or four pounds lighter IIRC.

The next heavy one after that will contain chopped up pieces of rebar to add extra weight, using steel shot in the mix they can get pretty heavy, for now rebar will be cheap and easy.

Bamboo handles are feather light and most all weight is in the mace head, I'm very happy with these and have put lots of 'miles' on them.
 

Dogchapman7

Level 3 Valued Member
Covid gym closures made me realize I hate public gyms. Other than looking at things I shouldn’t be looking at as a married man lol. So I built a pull up bar and re-did my office (put new floors) to make my little gym. I love waking up at 3:40 am rolling out of bed, grabbing some green tea, and getting right to it. Plus there’s something about being alone with my kettle bells before my whole family wakes up that I love. I also built a pull up bar in my side yard I love that thing too. Some kettlebells, a few maces, a pull up bar, some dumbbell’s , a trx, and a air bike all I need lol

Sometimes I listen to the Joe Rogan Experience in the early hours….sometimes quiet…sometimes old hip hop or country.
I am in the same boat makes you feel ahead of the game getting up early and doing what the rest aint
 

Gypsyplumber

Level 5 Valued Member
Nice!
I make my own with 2" white bamboo, basketballs and concrete. These ones are 13, 22, 26 and 30lbs, next one will be 34lb.. and maybe a 38 or 40lb. Taped some ankle weights on top of the lightest one, the rest are freshly made.
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I attempted to make kettlebells from basketballs and concrete and I failed miserably. I thought they were pretty dangerous lol. But this look solid! I want to eventually buy a custom mace from this guy on instagram but they’re expensive.
 

Bret S.

Level 8 Valued Member
Certified Instructor
I attempted to make kettlebells from basketballs and concrete and I failed miserably. I thought they were pretty dangerous lol. But this look solid! I want to eventually buy a custom mace from this guy on instagram but they’re expensive.
I could see using some pipe stock as a handle kinda working, not ideal though,, as you said.

Mace is easy to do, I used pre-drilled holes and a bunch of zinc screws to keep the bamboo secure in the sphere. I've used them for many thousands of reps and had no problems. Using fine grit sandpaper when the handle surface gets rougher and chalky brings it back nicely. I get the bamboo from a garden supplier in town, about 12.00 for an 8' piece, you have to hand pick straighter material. I have less than 100.00 total invested in 4 maces.
I like the feel of wood or bamboo vs metal for macing, an 1-1/4" wood closet pole works too. I do up to 100 rep sets with little hand problems.
 

Halfakneecap

Level 5 Valued Member
One of my warm ups is overhead squat holds in the bottom position with a pvc pipe. I also have an Olympic barbell I’d like to eventually use for that, but there’s a big difference on weight. So I thought I’d make a small diameter slosh pipe purely for my warm ups and to bridge the gap between the empty pipe ( which weighs nothing ) and my barbell ( 20kg ). It weighs a total of just over 7kg, but feels heavier. It’s 50mm pipe x 2.5m (8’2”?). I wanted to do 9’ but it wouldn’t stand upright in my garage at that length F70D81F4-DC1E-4E53-AD83-2990B9385B83.jpeg
 

Adam R Mundorf

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One of my warm ups is overhead squat holds in the bottom position with a pvc pipe. I also have an Olympic barbell I’d like to eventually use for that, but there’s a big difference on weight. So I thought I’d make a small diameter slosh pipe purely for my warm ups and to bridge the gap between the empty pipe ( which weighs nothing ) and my barbell ( 20kg ). It weighs a total of just over 7kg, but feels heavier. It’s 50mm pipe x 2.5m (8’2”?). I wanted to do 9’ but it wouldn’t stand upright in my garage at that length View attachment 15827
Beautiful stonework!
 

KBrower

Level 3 Valued Member
My home set up. Pic 1 is the garage that houses the bikes (I am a fair weather rider only) and the C2 erg with over 20,000,000 metres on it and still going strong. Pic 2 is where the KB's live when not in use, just beside the sofa so I can stroke them whilst watching TV. Pic 3 is the 'Deck of Gainzzz', i.e: the decking in the back garden. About 50% of my KB training gets done out there in all weathers, but for the extreme conditions (rain, too cold in winter as I am soft or too hot in summer which is the most likely reason for me to avoid it) I do have the rowing club I use which is 5mins down the road in Marlow, with awesome views over the River Thames. And yes I am sad enough that I take my own KB's with me when I go down there, and I pay the membership purely for a) those views and b) a roof over my head to avoid the elements. Pretty sure everyone there thinks I am weird, and they might be right, but I generally use it when it is empty anyway and I am thick skinned.
 

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Bill Hatton

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Sunny Florida sideyard in Daytona.

Horse Stall mat. Pull up bar. Rings. Mace. Heavy club. Indian clubs.

4 double-sets of kettlebells, in 8, 12, 16, and 20 kg. I also have 24s and 28s, but I'm not using them right now.

Modest, but it works most days.
 

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