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DIY Wrist Roller

Homemade wrist rollers are fairly common and an excellent way to target the forearms.  Hand held versions are limited however, as you can only roll as much weight as you can hold.  If you wish to roll more weight, an axle mounted version is an inexpensive option (assuming you have somewhere to mount it).  Instructions for this simple piece of equipment can be found below:

Axle Mounted Wrist Roller

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Homemade wrist roller

I recently got around to building one of these wrist rollers.  The project was perhaps the easiest and least expensive  do-it-yourself job that I’ve tackled.  I already had the rope and spring clip so I only had to purchase a short piece of PVC tubing and a hose clamp to secure the rope.  My cost was less than $5.


I began by cutting the PVC tubing to fit my power rack.  I then secured a piece of rope with the hose clamp (as seen below).

Homemade wrist roller instructions


Next, I wrapped the hose clamp with duct tape.  This step was done to prevent the jagged edge of the clamp from digging into the rope.

Homemade wrist roller instructions


Lastly, I tied the end of the rope to a spring clip.  The clip is used to keep the weight plates in place.  Feed it through the weights and then clip it around the rope (as seen below).

Homemade wrist roller instructions


In summary, if you have a power rack, this DIY project will cost a few dollars and a few minutes of your time.  It’s a great piece of equipment that will allow you focus solely on rolling heavier weights.  I’ve only had it for a few days and I’m already quite pleased with the end product.  I highly recommend it.

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17 Comments so far

  1. Jake May 24th, 2010 3:14 am

    i like the hose clamp n sring lock never seen that b4 thats brilliant

  2. Seburo May 24th, 2010 6:09 am

    I don’t do wrist curls, so i don’t know how much weight you use, but this could be done off a pullup bar too.

  3. Administrator May 24th, 2010 12:18 pm

    @Seburo – The power rack is particularly convenient however as PVC simply slides over the rack bars (they come out, so the PVC can be quickly removed). You can also adjust the height of the apparatus and the rack will hold as much weight as you can roll. You’ll never outgrow it.

  4. AJ May 25th, 2010 7:07 pm

    This is really cool! I do a lot of grip strength training as a newbie female power lifter- just making sure that my weak grip doesn’t dictate what I’m able to pull. This is a whole different level though. I’m going to try to have to rig something up.

    I’m also tracking my progress at my new blog if you’re interested:

    I hope to see you there!

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  8. Tyciol July 8th, 2010 7:41 pm

    Dang, this is so simple and yet… not obvious. pretty cool too how it allows a much wider bar and stuff.

    Actually… if you wanted to grip the middle couldn’t you have a couple ropes and a plate on either side if it was wide enough?

    Could easily do things like wrapping in a towel for thicker grip without worrying about dropping the contraption too.

    Since it spins independently, if you let go it will spin and the plate will lower as opposed to the whole doing going bang.

    Actually, if the fall is decelerated, does that mean that this has more of a concentric than an eccentric component?

    *tries to figure what it would look like doing these with a pronated grip to build thumb and wrist extensors*

  9. Marco January 3rd, 2011 4:34 am

    Hi Ross,//HAVE A VERY NICE YEAR// first time with comments , but Im a big fan about your site, training methods and the mental factor from couple years ago , so the forearms are very important to me because mine are long and need to put effort with my conditioning, so this is good material, I hope upload a picture of my ” home wristroller “looks like HR. Giger (you got the picture right…)so thank you very much, FOCUS its my keyword.

  10. Marco January 3rd, 2011 4:37 am

    sorry , this is my right email, see ya.

  11. Blog March 22nd, 2011 12:12 pm

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  12. Matt August 16th, 2011 7:00 pm

    This is great man. I’d not even thought of using PVC. Thanks for the this, the inspirational videos, everything you do.

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  17. dmitry July 3rd, 2014 7:19 pm

    I hope I am not late to try this wrist roller project! thanks Ross.

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