Wanting to try Indian clubs and not want to spend a lot of money, I made my own adjustable weight Indian clubs. These clubs are not as pretty as the wooden ones, but they work well.
Author's Note: All physical activities are accompanied by risk of injury. Improper form or weight increase the risk. These clubs weigh 2-2.5 lbs. This is a good starting weight to learn proper form. It is being smart, not a wimp!!! I bench over 300 lbs and military press over 200 lbs, and these clubs worked just fine for me to learn. Adding weight makes it really fun.
Step 1: Things You Will Need
1- 4 foot length of ¾ inch inside diameter pipe threaded on both ends
2- ¾ inch end caps
2- large washers that will slip over the pipe
Some scrap steel
About 1 ft of 1 1/4 inch ID PVC pipe (I bought a 2 ft length of scrape for $2)
*I paid about $17 for the materials at the Local Ace Hardware
You will also need weights to add.
Grinder with a grinding disc and a cutting disc
File or deburrer
Note: Use proper safety gear. You are responsible for your own safety!!
Step 2: Cutting
After you cut, grind and debur the cut end.
Note: I am currently looking for a cap or plug for this end.
Step 3: Welding
Step 4: The End Cap
Grind the top of each end cap so that they are flat. Cut two 4 inch long strip of 1/8 X ¾ inch scrap steel. Grind and file the edges so they are not sharp.
Clamp the strip to the top of the cap and weld. Note: due to the thickness of the caps, they will take a while to cool.
Step 5: Adding Spacers and Wieghts
Place the weight(s) on the club and slide it all the way to the washer. Next, screw on the end cap tightly. Now measure. One could use a set of inside/outside calipers, but I just eyeballed it. Mark the PVC pipe, and cut to length. Remove the end cap and weight. Then slide on the spacer, followed by the weigh*t. Finally, screw on the end cap.
*The weights I used are 2.5 lbs. Golds Gym kettle plates. They are a little wide, but work ok. I would rather use normal ones, but thats what I had.
Step 6: Time to Workout
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