Picture of The 12 cent Kettlebell for your 4 hour body workout
Most gyms do not have Kettlebells (at least the ones I go to) and to buy them is not cheap! I also would like something I can take with me on business trips and not be faced with upset airport security.

Looking online for DIY Kettlebells brings up the standard pipe fittings 'T' bar handle and it is a great solution but definitely not a solution I can take traveling with me.

Here are two solutions I have come up with that have cost me a total of 12 cents!
Below is the video podcast we have made but the written instructions are on the next few pages

Here is the link to the MechanicalMashup website


Step 1: First the supplies needed

Picture of First the supplies needed

The supplies needed are:

1' of 3/4 sched 40 PVC pluming pipe
2' of rope or tubular webbing with at least 700lb breaking strength
1 Linchpin (preferably 3/8 hairpin version)
Work out plate weights

Drill with 3/8 inch bit (only needed for one of the two builds
PVC cutter or saw
utility knife (or a deburing tool)

That's it!
DanielM592 months ago

Looks cool! I'm not any kind of engineer/mathematician/mythbuster so I'm hoping you can answer this question. The 5" handle seems a little small. I'd like to get two hands across, like a more standard kettlebell. What kind of effect would that have on kettlebell #1? Like, would the rope be in more danger of snapping or something catastrophic like that? How wide could one make the handle safely? Thanks for the tutorial!!

ballardst2 years ago
good thinking. I've been planning to try the second type with some big cement plates I inherited with my apartment. How well does it work?

I plan on using paracord, so hopefully they plates do not twist around too much.

If knots can reduce rope strength by 50%, and the cord is rated for 550lb (and cheap), I should be eadily able to use 4 or more stands, or there is no reason to not use 8. As long as the pvc is sturdy enough that should remove any safety issues as long as the type does not wear down.

I am tempted to wrap the rope in electrical tape wear it would wear down, but that might stop me from seeing damage to the rope.
MechanicalMashup (author) 4 years ago
That sucks... Well at least if you ever need a lighter or heavier one you will know what to do to save some loot...
ataylor264 years ago
Very cool. And here I went out and bought a kettlebell. D'oh.