In a past entry, I provided a video demonstration of a homemade T-handle. Since posting the video, I’ve received several emails regarding clearance on the bottom of the swing. Some readers mentioned that they cannot swing as low as they’d like without the T-handle brushing the ground. After all, the 12 inch piece of pipe is longer than what you may be accustomed to when swinging a dumbbell or kettlebell.
If you’ve had a similar problem, a simple adjustment can be made by swinging atop blocks. In the image above, I’ve placed two cinder blocks side by side (two on each side). I use two blocks per each side as two offers a much more stable feel when compared to a single block. I don’t want to worry about footing when working with heavy loads.
With these blocks, I can swing heavy loads with no concern over brushing the ground. Personally, I’ve never had a problem hitting the ground, but the blocks allow you to get even lower on the bottom (if you wish), which offers unique benefits as well.
For more information regarding the T-handle (including instructions for building one), please refer to the link below: