I'm in a anti-gym phase right now, even though I belong to one steps away from the condo and I'm there several times a week. I rationalize that I'm only there for the Brazilian Jujitsu Classes, with some yoga snuck in when I'm able.
Anyway I've been studying a very interesting book on body-weight conditioning, Never Gymless, The vast majority of the exercises are done with no equipment at all but there are a couple of "gadgets" he recommends. One being a very "simple" abdominal wheel, a single wheel, maybe 6" in diameter with a handle on each side.
I don't do simple real well, and why one wheel when four would be four times the fun.
FYI, we're still very much at simple and had I stopped here, I would have more than enough equipment for my immediate goals.
In my endless search for perfection and an addiction to on-line browsing, I came across the perfect "non-gym" gym, the Monkey Bar Gymnasium. It's like a playground for adults. They had an ab-wheel that looked way cooler than the "simple" one in the book, but $60? I can make it way cheaper than that.
In the video tutorials, he talks about how advanced exercises with this wheel are, but hey I do circus and my core is pretty strong, "Go ahead, throw advanced at me."
After strapping this thing to my feet, I quickly realized how serious he was when he said advanced.
For the time being, I'll be sticking to four wheels, but I will master the "Power Wheel" someday.
But wait there's more.....
At circus class they have these really fun balance boards and they look really easy to build. I've been eying them for weeks now and finally have gotten around to making one....or two.
This very simple design was easy a piece of wood, some non-slip grip tape and a board. And lots of fun. It has a very different ride than the one's at our class which has a track and stops at the end of the board. This one could have and should have been sufficed.
But I don't do simple.
Made the guide and the stops, so far so good.
The first wheel I cut, I didn't realize the jigsaw was in a bevel mode, I thought this wouldn't matter too much.
II was wrong, and it only went downhill from there.
Sometimes you've got to kiss a few frogs as they say
The one positive development from the hoop day fiasco was that I have finally been able to replicate the connection for a portable hula hoop. The store bought version is the lower one. Because my hoop is smaller and lighter, I had to use a smaller button which wasn't working until I used two of them which required some tinkering. I have been finagling with this for months.
Success at last!