Monday, October 15, 2012

Homemade Agility Ladder


         
            So this past weekend I had some help from my girlfriend aka the CraftyRN to make a homemade agility ladder. I looked at buying one but some were very costly and I figured it would be more fun to make my own and customize it to the dimensions I wanted. Below is a post from her crafts/DIY blog (http://craftybridge.blogspot.com/2012/10/agility-ladder.html).


           Joe has been thinking about making an agility ladder for a little while now. So we brainstormed some simple, cheap options for materials and I helped him come up with a plan for making it. He ordered some inexpensive nylon webbing ($27 for two 30ft rolls, found at countrybrookdesign.com), and it came in the mail yesterday!
           If you are into crossfit training, working out in your own backyard, or just love the idea of making your own equipment and saving a bunch of cash, read on! And take a trip to my DIY/Tutorials page for more workout equipment, or visit Instinctual Running for more ideas.

Agility Ladder
30 feet of one color Nylon Webbing ( this will be for the length of your ladder (totaling 15 feet  with one half on each side… feel free to make longer or shorter to your liking)
17 feet of another color Nylon Webbing ( we just bought two rolls of 30ft with extra to spare… this will be for the rungs on the ladder)
The Usual Suspects: thread of color choice, sewing machine, pins, scissors



Step 1: Cut all of your pieces. Cut your 30ft  piece of nylon webbing in half to make the sides of the ladder. Cut 11 18inch strips of the other nylon webbing to make your ladder rungs.
                ** If you want to make a different length ladder, you can measure out how many rungs to make by dividing the total length of the ladder by 18inches, which is how far apart we spaced our rungs.**




Step 2: Pin your rungs onto the side strips by measuring 18inches apart. We chose to use a chalk and mark 18inches all the way down the strips first, but it is not necessary.



Step 3: Once your rungs are pinned onto both sides of the ladder, head to the sewing machine. I sewed two lines parallel to the length of the ladder by sewing, backsewing, and sewing forward again, making three passes. I did this to ensure a strong seam. I probably could have used a better stitch, but it came out very strong.
                **Tip: do your best to keep the rung perpendicular to the ladder side when sewing, to make sure the rung is straight when laid out. The easiest way to do this is to just line the bottom edge of the rung with the webbing.













Step 4: Once all rungs are sewn on, lay out your agility ladder and admire your work!!


Thanks to Bridget once again for her amazing sewing skills. Pretty soon I'll have a mobile gym in the back of my car!!!


3 comments:

  1. lol the full picture of the ladder makes our apartment look atrocious. That's probably the worst it's been in a long time. womp.

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  2. awesome, i looked everywhere on the actual spacing and length and had trouble finding it all in one build...thanks!

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  3. so it is an 18" X 18" ladder. thanks man...

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