So following her simple instructions, I went off to Lowes to get my materials. I noticed they only had 5' and 10' lengths so I just went with the 4" x 10' pipe. When I got home and went to get started I noticed that it was going to be way to large for me. I took it back to Lowes and exchanged it for a 3" diameter pipe and had the 10' pipe cut down to an 8' length. I kept the extra 2' piece to make a mini slosh pipe for the kiddos. I also bought 2 plastic caps for the ends and 2 rubber caps for the other ends (this makes it easier to change water levels if you need to) and a jar of PVC cement. The whole project came to around $50.
Not intimidating at all...
Once home, I started with the small one and coated the inside of the plastic cap and the outside of the PVC pipe with the PVC cement and slid them together. After I seen that one went well, I did the same to longer pipe. PVC cement is supposed to dry really quickly, but I didn't want to take any chances and let the cement dry overnight to be sure it was set. In the morning I started with the smaller one again and filled it about 1/2-3/4 of the way full with water and some vinegar (the other directions call for bleach, but I found another site that used vinegar and it seemed much more eco friendly to me, so you could use either/or) to keep the water from getting funky. I pulled the rubber cap onto the end and tightened the adjustable steel clamp. I repeated the same thing with the longer pipe, except I actually had to stand on my counter top to finish filling it, lol. Afterwards I weighed both pipes and wrote their weight on the plastic end caps with the kiddos crayons (worked awesome!). The mini slosh pipe came in at 7.5 lbs and the 8 footer came in at 19.5 lbs.
The materials (do not do this project on carpeting!)
My 3 yr old and the Mini
Pressing 7.5 lbs of sloshy goodness!
Killer core/upper body workout :)
So that was my fun, homemade fitness project of the week! As far as how to use them for working out, you can try carrying it as you walk a distance. Trust me, the water sloshing back and forth totally engages your core muscles. Or you can try using it for the same things you'd use a barbell for. Make sure you give yourself plenty of room while using this, lol. It's very easy to lose control of! My next project is either going to be a homemade TRX or a homemade Plyo Box. Not sure which one though. Which one would you rather see??
Have you ever made any of your fitness equipment??