Build a fully functional version of Fitness Anywhere's TRX Suspension Trainer
Update: Better, Stronger, Faster! See the video version of the 5-minute DIY Suspension Trainer
At $150, the TRX Suspension Trainer is cheaper than most gym equipment. Its body weight resistance exercises are challenging enough for elite athletes yet can be regressed to suit even the most deconditioned individuals (See examples at the TRX, ACE, or BodyLev libraries).
There are lots of TRX clones but this design is uniquely inexpensive, strong, and easy to make and use. Best of all, if a component is damaged or wears out, it's a cinch to replace the part instead of the whole device.
I've included simple instructions for an attachment that makes hanging your suspension trainer easy, even for anchor points higher than 9 feet.
1) Two .5" by 4" PVC pipes or sprinkler risers (pre-cut PVC pipe for sprinkler systems) - $0.56 each OR...
2) Two 12' x 1" Lashing straps with cambuckles (sold together for $6.99)
3) One 15' or longer x 1" lashing strap - $3.47
5) (Optional) 30' x 1" webbing to reach extra high anchor points or to replace a worn-out lashing strap (available for as little as $13)
6) (Optional - see last step) Tennis Ball
7) (Optional - see last step) Clip / Carabiner