Gymnastics is a sport that doesn’t seem to get enough credit, at least not until the Olympics roll around every 4 years. In order to stay in shape, or even just practice beginner moves, you’ll need a gymnastics bar for yourself. Some people rent out entire gyms with the proper equipment, and others go above and beyond that; building their own gymnastics bar. This article is going to cover how you can make you very own DIY gymnastics bar, in the safest manner possible. Mind you, I’m not a professional; so take my suggestions with a grain of salt!
If you’re the parent of a little gymnast, you know how hard it can be to keep up with their passion and enthusiasm. In order to keep them growing in both potential and strength, it helps to have a homemade gymnastics bar. When you’re looking up information on how to make a gymnastics bar, be sure that you’re capable of using power tools and other kinds of equipment. If you aren’t, odds are this is going to be a relatively frustrating experience and it might be better to get a put together one instead. You owe it to your children to at least try and make it happen!
The cost is important, and needs to be laid out on the line beforehand. A lot of gymnastics practice bars that you can find on the market these days are either cheap in quality, or come off as being too expensive – it seems like there’s no affordable (yet quality) option to purchase out there. That’s why I feel like making one yourself is the best possible outcome, because you not only control the budget, but the manufacturing process as well. A homemade gymnastics bar is just as good, if not better, than one you purchase anyways. There’s no point in wasting $300+ dollars on buying one when you can just make it with your own two hands.
When looking at the cost of materials used in the construction process, it falls to about $50. It’s much cheaper than if you were to buy a bar, and these DIY gymnastics bar setups have the tendency to outlast your little gymnasts (in terms of longevity – build it with the right wood and it’ll never break!). The costs apply to an abundance of different materials, like 2x4s and wood screws. The process of actually putting together the gymnastics bar is a little more technical than most would like. The materials you’ll need are:
∙ Washers (steel)
∙ Wood Glue
∙ 2 x Threaded Pipes (4-inch)
∙ 4 x 3/4-inch Bushings
∙ 1 x 4ft bar (material of choice)
∙ 3 x 8ft 2x4s (material of choice)
∙ 1 x 10ft 2×4 (material of choice)
∙ 2 x 12ft 2x4s (material of choice)
Putting it Together
Cutting the Legs
Cut each of the two 12ft 2x4s into two pieces, which will give you the base board. Grab two of the 6ft pieces left over and screw them together (face to face), by using 2.5” wooden screws and some wood glue. This creates a double 2×4 (or a 4×4), repeat this process with the other two pieces and you’ve got the perfect bar legs!
Take the 10ft 2×4 piece that you’ve got and divide it into 5 individual cuts. This is going to make up the bottom of your homemade gymnastic bar projects legs/feet. You’ll want to locate the longest 8ft board you have, as most will vary when it comes to length, and use it to make your crossboards; set this piece aside for later.
The other two 8ft 2×4 boards that you’ve got need to be cut into 3ft pieces; take the ends down (miter them) to a 45-degree angle and use them as the leg braces. You’ll have a total of 4 leg braces to use, and 2 extra scrap pieces left over.
Putting It All Together
This is the toughest part, as most people have difficulty with not only cutting, but assembly as well. We’ll go step by step, making it easier to follow:
∙ Attach the 5ft boards to the 6ft boards by using 3” screws (through the bottom) – do this for both legs
∙ Attach the mitred 3ft leg brace to either side and repeat it for the alternate side (using 3” screw)
∙ The bar can be placed through the holes on each side if it’s made from wood, using screws for attachment
∙ Metal bars would call for a coupler to be threaded through on each side, as well as washer
∙ The last step includes taking the two crossbars and attaching them for additional security; take the 2×4 board and measure the width between the homemade gymnastic bar projects two legs. Cut to size.
∙ Attach one of these pieces between the two front-facing sides, with one piece going on the back (use 3” inch screws)
There you have it! How to make your very own DIY gymnastic bar for a fraction of the cost you can buy at the store. Hopefully this guide was enough to help you make your own homemade gymnastics bar and I wish you all the best in your future DIY projects/fitness health.