Intro: Homemade Leg Press Machine
Hello! This instructable will show how to make a Leg Press exercise machine capable of over 200lb resistance. It is fairly easy and simple to make, not to mention safe tooperate.After getting a herniated disk in my neck from doing the traditional barbell-behind-the-neck squats, I needed something that would allow me to continue working my legswhile not putting any strain on my neck. After searching the net, I found nothing that I could make that would fit the bill. So, after much thought, I designed this machine inAutoCAD, then put it together one weekend in the space of around 4 hours for a total cost of $36.11 (compared with $270 for the dangerous looking Body Solid verticalleg press machine, skipping straight to the $1000-$1500 range for anything better).The machine is designed off of a creeper (flat board on wheels used to work under cars) that is used in a vertical position to allow you to slide up and down a wall, withslots for up to 4 of the 45lb plates (180lb plus weight of machine (32lb) = 212lb). The
give dimensioned drawings of the Leg Press machine, as well asmultiple 3D views.See video below or go to http://youtu.be/EafB3TLPGKc for a demonstration of how the machine works!Ready? Click Step 1 to see what you need to get started...[[Video(http://youtu.be/EafB3TLPGKc) ]]
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Step 1: Parts / tools List
Below is a list of everything you will need to make this project.Notes:A. Unless otherwise noted, all item numbers are from Lowe's. Just got to www.lowes.com and enter the item number in the search bar to see exactly what I am talkingabout.B. The cost estimate of $36.11 does not include the extras (rubber backing, cushioned head rest); I already had that stuff lying about, and did not have to purchase it. It isyour choice if you want to add it.
1. 8-foot 10"x2" board, cut into 2 3.5' sections (with a little left over) (Item #77891, $7.12)2. A 96" long 2"x4" board, cut by your friendly Lowe's representative into the following pieces:(Item #7001, $3.32)a. 4" piece (x2)b. 10" piece (x2)c. 6.24" piece (x2)d. 5.5" piece (x2)e. 10.5" piece (x2)3. 1/2" ID 24" section of pipe (Item #24005, $7.13)4. 2 1/2" pipe clamps (Item #301380, $1.93/pack)5. 2 4" angle brackets (Item #19165, $2.87 each)6. 1" dowel (Item #19425, $4.35)7. 3" screws, approx. 38 (Item #112363; buy from local store where you can buy just what you need by weight)8. 1.25" screws, approx. 28 (Item #227168; same as above)9. Spray paint - optional (Item #'s 99337, 99369, &96394; $3.98 each)10. Rubber sheet,1/4 in thick,24x30 in (From www.zorotools.com, $18.06)11. Orange cloth (from Walmart, Item #16422458, $5.97/2yd)