How to Build a Dip Bar

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People like the flexibility of being able to work out at home, but exercise equipment is often expensive. But you can make a set of home dip bars, which offer an economical alternative to pricey gym gear and give you a great workout because they work the triceps, shoulders and chest in one motion.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 2 wooden or hard plastic collapsible sawhorses
  • 4 1 ¼-inch eye screws
  • 2 1-inch iron or steel pipes, 5-feet long
  • 2-foot piece of 1-inch pipe insulator foam
  • Drill with 1 ¼-inch bit
  • Light coloured marker
  • Athletic tape
  • Duct tape
  • Knife

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  1. 1

    Stand the sawhorses parallel to each other with their "feet" touching. Stand between them, perpendicular, with your arms about 6 inches from your sides. This is where you'll want the bars.

  2. 2

    Lay the two pipes perpendicular on the top surfaces of the sawhorses and place them 6 inches from your sides. Remove the pipes, mark the position of each pipe and drill.

  3. 3

    Screw in the eye screws until no threaded area is visible. This may take some adjusting to ensure uniform straightness. Slide the pipes into the eye screw heads and cut the insulator into four 3-inch pieces and two 6-inch pieces.

  4. 4

    Slit open each 3-inch piece length wise and slide over the pipe sections on either side of the eye screw heads. Wrap the 3-inch pieces generously with duct tape. This will help the bars from shifting forward or backward.

  5. 5

    Wrap the middle 8-inch section of each bar in duct tape, and then use the 6-inch foam pieces to cover the taped section. Wrap the foam generously in duct tape to create non-sliding comfort grips on the bars.

Tips and warnings

  • Your own body weight keeps the sawhorses stable when doing the downward dipping motion.
  • For additional stability, place breeze blocks or sandbags behind each leg of the sawhorse.

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