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Old 01-14-2011, 06:56 PM   #1
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Have any of you guys ever made your own foam rollers or boards? If so, how did you make them and can you post details?

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Don't know about boards, but for rolling you can put a couple tennis balls in a sock and you can try to find a "pool noodle" and cut it down.
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I went to Walmart and purchased a pool noodle. Cut to the length I wanted. Cut a dowel and stuck it in the middle. The only draw back is that the 4- 6 inch diameter noodles are hard to find. Mine are about 2-3 inches.

Another thought, oh shoot, Trevor already shared about the Tennis balls and socks.
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For the rollers, you can just use a child's ball, beachball style hard ball; the smaller ones work well for the upper back and neck areas and the larger ones work for every other area.

Or, how about a yoga mat, just leave it rolled and if necessary place some doweling etc in the middle; they're generally made of foam to varying thicknesses.
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I have used phone books for boards for bench press before. Just need some duct tape and make sure they don't get wet

As for home made foam rollers, you can use pvc pipe, its pretty brutal, but if you layered it with a yoga mat or something shouldn't be too pain ful.
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Also I use a rolling pin instead of a travel stick. Its awesome.
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Or, how about a yoga mat, just leave it rolled and if necessary place some doweling etc in the middle; they're generally made of foam to varying thicknesses.
Hmmm, good idea.

Since this thread is Titled- Homemade Fitness Equipment, What are some other pieces people have made?

Excuse the mess in the background, but here is a pic of my homemade reverse hyper table
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Thanks for all the ideas, guys! I tried looking for a PVC pipe today but they were all quite large...I will search around.

In the meantime, has anyone ever used a pinroller (like for baking) in place of a foam roller? LOL I don't know what else to use for the time being.
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