I’ve posted before about how much I love Bodyrock.tv and I’ve had several comments from readers saying that they’re also fans of the short, high-intensity workouts on that site. I’ve been Bodyrocking for 8 months, and I’ve never felt stronger – I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a way to fit exercise into a busy life, and to shake up workout boredom – there’s no such thing with Bodyrock, since the workouts change every day.
One of the things I love about Bodyrock is the emphasis on bodyweight exercises – push ups, squats, lunges, etc. Lots of exercises that you can do anywhere, anytime, without any equipment. That said, they do use some equipment, including this dip stand. I’ve seen it online for anywhere from $79 to $140. I wasn’t going to spend anywhere near that amount of money for one, so I had been keeping an eye out on Craigslist for quite some time, but with no luck.
In the meantime, I’ve been improvising. I use two kitchen chairs as my dip stand, and it works fairly well. For reverse push ups, I put a broom handle across the seats and through the back rails of the chair. That works ok, but the broom handle is only at the height of the chair seats, so my reverse push ups don’t go as high as they would on a dip stand. The backs of the chairs work fine for dips and knee/leg raises, although I’m sure it’s putting some excess strain on the chairs and the sharp wooden edges on the chair backs dig into my palms if I forget to wrap them with a towel first. All in all, my two chair method was working, but wasn’t ideal. But there was no way I was going to spend $80+ on a dip stand.
Then I saw a comment from someone on the Bodyrock site talking about how he bought a walker at Goodwill and uses that as his dip stand. Genius! I can’t believe I hadn’t thought of that. Look at this basic walker and see how structurally similar it is to the dip stand. And although I hadn’t been able to find a used dip stand, used walkers are pretty easy to come by. My parents are out thrift store shopping today, and they just found me a nice sturdy walker (and no wheels or seat or anything that would interfere with using it as a dip stand) for $13. I’m so excited to do my workouts with my new equipment!
I love outside-the-box solutions. Many thanks to the person who originally shared this idea. I thought I’d pass on the favor and share it again here for frugal folks who like bodyweight exercises. And as an extra bonus, you get to repurpose something used instead of buying something new – better for your wallet and better for our world.
Cheers, and happy dipping!