DIY Med-Ball

By Aaron Kala

In Equipment

September 09, 2011

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Aaron Kala MacGyvers a wall-ball for about 20 bucks.

Wall-balls are gift and a curse. However, the end result of performing this movement is a massive increase squatting ability, stamina, cardiorespiratory capacity—you name it. The bottom line is that wall-balls are a great exercise.

Upon realizing this truth a few months ago, I decided to buy a medicine ball online.

“Yeah, I’m a broke college student, but this is my fitness we’re talking about, right? I can fit this cost into my budget.”

That foolish thought floated around inside my head for about 30 seconds—the time it took for me to realize that one med-ball costs about as much as 10-15 meals. If you’ve got the money, then by all means make the purchase. If you’d rather spend under $20 and get a sweet piece of homemade gear, then read on.



6 Comments on “DIY Med-Ball”


wrote …

I want to add one thing to this article. Instead of using the filler that was referenced, I filled it with the desired amount of sand and then finished it with expandable foam. I used "Great Stuff" from Lowes. Once it dried it adhered to the inside of the basketball and acted as a filler and as a patch, not allowing any sand to come out.

Great article!


Dustin Kreidler wrote …

@Jason: Does the asymmetrical loading cause you any problems, since one "end/side" of the ball has sand and the other light-weight foam? If its not too bad, that's a genius solution!


wrote …

I made two of these about 6 months apart. The first one always leaked sand into my eyes when i threw it - I used duct tape rather than tire patch method though.

So on the second one, I made a larger cut in the ball and stuffed the end of a tripled up plastic grocery sack into it then as I filled the ball with sand, I actually filled the bag inside of the ball. When the desired weight was reached, I tied the bag off in a knot and stuffed that in the ball. Then packed the remaining space with more plastic bags, and taped over the entry hole with a small piece of tape. This method has so far held together and had no sand leakage at all, has been used in wallball and slamball.


wrote …

Great tip!


the great stuff is a great idea!
thanks and once you are back in the ATL area - let's chat Neuroscience - it's what I teach and do!


wrote …

This is a great article! I love the trade-off reference to meals vs commercial equipment! (Also the 5-fingers reference at the end!)


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