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Home Built Fitness: Constructing Your Own Dip Station

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It's no secret that one of the best moves for upper body fitness is the dip.  Properly executed dips engage the pecs, triceps, anterior deltoids, and the rhomboid muscles of the back.  Now there are many different means by which to perform dips, from professional equipment to the mundane (two kitchen chairs, for example), and many ways to build your own station from inexpensive parts.  I have seen many ideas for the use of PVC pipe, so I decided to try my hand.  As crashing to the floor would not be a good thing, I have added extra supports to this construct, making it more of a 'dip cage' than anything else.  Aside from stability, I have also made this in such a manner that it can come apart for easier storage.

This unit can be built for under $40.  Store-bought dip bars are usually in the neighborhood of $80 and up.
 
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Step 1:

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Parts include:  Seven 90 degree elbows, one 90 degree street elbows, four tees, two wyes, and three 10-foot pieces of PVC pipe, all 1 1/2 inch diameter.  You will also need some PVC primer and cement.

Necessary tools:  A saw, measuring tape, and marker.

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First of all, you will need to cut your pipe.  Do not forget to mark each one, that you do not get them confused during the gluing process.  You will need:

a) two pieces 24"
b) four pieces 36"
c) two pieces 31"
d) one piece 25.75"
e) one piece 26.75"
f) one piece 32.5"
Trebor15036 months ago

Since your main stress would be on the horizontal bars I would have replaced the PVC with wood rods. I believe you can get them fairly cheaply if you look at either coat closet rod or handrail rod. both would hold the weight well. Cut them to fit and then drive a screw through the side of the PVC elbow to keep it from moving to much.

Another way of decreasing the chance of breaking while keeping the PVC would be to put another vertical support in the center of the horizontal span. I think the PVC verticles would hold up well under the stress but for a larger person (myself) the design would just need the above tweaks.