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Dips and Pull-ups – Homemade Belt

Within the video below, I demonstrate how to build and use an inexpensive, yet strong belt for weighted dips and pull-ups.

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In an entry from 2009, I posted a similar video where an individual had made a belt with pipe insulation.  I used a thicker foam for my belt however to ensure comfort when holding heavy loads.  It took just a few minutes to make and it has comfortably held over 200 pounds.

Close up images are available below for those interested:



For more homemade equipment ideas, please refer to the link below.

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8 Comments so far

  1. Bjorn Granum April 29th, 2011 1:35 pm

    Nice one Ross! I will make one next week. You cut the pool noodle with a knife to fit the chain right? Like a cut along the entire noodle, about half way through? Then just duck tape it right?

    Thanks for your excellent how-to`s!

    Bjorn Granum

  2. Mike Erickson February 5th, 2012 11:58 am

    Hi Ross,
    I really enjoy your website, lots of inspiration and good ideas. I devised a very simple method for adding weight for pull-ups and ring dips using a karate gi belt. I tie it very loosely around my waist with a square knot, push the loop through a bumper plate and use a tennis ball for a stopper. I’ve only used this method for up to about 40 lbs but it feels very secure and I think it would work for a lot more weight. It’s quick to take on and off. Just push the tennis ball out of the loop and the plates fall off into your hands. Thanks again for your great website, I’m off to explore more of it.

  3. Tyciol March 6th, 2012 6:58 am

    Comfort’s really important. That foam stuff looks even nicer than those leather things you get from pros.

  4. Jason April 29th, 2012 1:11 am

    I use these with a length of chain and a quick clip to hold the middle together. super cheap, super durable, and comfortable. i regularly do them with 2+ plates on pullups and dips. working on 3

  5. Ronnie January 4th, 2013 3:48 pm

    Great invention. I was going to buy a regular dip belt here in Houston for $39. I am going to make this tonight and use it.


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    Wow what an innovation, Really great one i never could have thought abt this.Thanks for saving our money.

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