A leg-stretch machine can prevent athletic injuries and enhance your flexibility. Some gyms have these for members to use, but having one in your home allows you to work on your flexibility whenever you please. If you have basic knowledge of pipe construction and building tools, it is easy to make your own homemade leg stretch machine.
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Things you need
- PVC pipes
- Eight curve joints
- Four T-joints
- PVC glue
- Two 1-inch solid-wood 1.5-foot-by-1.5-foot squares
- Eight roller wheels with mounts
- Roll of two-inch foam
- Roll of vinyl
- Electric drill
- 1/2-inch wood screws
- Staple gun
Cut four 3-foot pieces out of your PVC pipe, two 2-foot pieces and two 1-foot pieces. The excess pipe will be used for your machine handles.
Attach one 3-foot piece of pipe to one 2-foot piece with one T-joint. Place another T-joint at one end of the 2-foot piece, then another T-joint should be placed at the end of a 3-foot piece.The T-joints should face upward. Now you have one 8-foot pipe with two T-joints sticking up. Repeat this process again so that you have two.
Lay the pipes parallel and glue a curve joint to both ends of the pipes. Next, insert and glue a 1-foot pipe to each joint so the two 8-foot pipes are connected. Now you have your rectangular frame.
Cut the PVC pipe into two 2-foot pieces and four 1-foot pieces for the leg stretch machine pads and frames.
Glue a 1-foot pipe into each T-joint and glue a curve joint atop each 1 foot pipe. Insert a 2-foot pipe into each curve joint to create a 2-foot handle. Repeat the process on the other side.
Grab both pieces of 1.5-foot squares of wood and cut the 2-inch foam so it fits in the wood. Cut the vinyl material so it covers the foam and wood entirely and staple the vinyl underneath.
Mount and screw a concave roller wheel with 1/2-inch wood screws with your electric drill on the bottom of each corner of wood. Then, set your roller pads between the frames with the wheels atop the pipes on the frame.
Stretch out your legs by standing on the stretcher with ankles extended downward. The angle created will give you an effective hamstring and calf stretch. This piece of equipment allows you to experiment with other postures and stretch different parts of your legs.
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