How to Make Your Own Concrete Weights

If you do not want to spend your money on expensive cost of visiting modern fitness center, you can always create your very own concrete weights at your house to be used as your daily workout routine. Just by creating a set of dumb bells you would be able to perform lots of exercise routine in order to make yourself fit without spending much out of your pocket money. For example, you can easily make concrete weight dumb bells from plastic jugs and with this simple way you would be able to improve on your physical fitness.

To make your own concrete weights, you need:

  • Quick-drying concrete
  • Wheel barrow or 5-gallon bucket
  • Shovel
  • Funnel
  • 4 plastic milk jugs or cat litter jugs with lids
  • Admix
  • Concrete mix
  • Release agent
  • Utility paintbrush
  • Sponge

Making your own concrete weights


How to Make your Own Concrete Weights

  • The first thing that you need to do is to use an empty one-gallon of plastic milk jugs or even plastic cat litter jugs and rinse them out.
    • Using a cat litter jugs is highly recommended because it have a larger openings making it easier for you to pour your concrete into it and allowing the jugs to dry.

Concrete weights do have certain advantages if your compared to metal alloy or cast iron because concrete weights is inexpensive to make and it also do not rust in a long period.

  • Next step is for you to mix a bag of your concrete using the right amount of water as per the instruction advised by its manufacturer on the label of the product.
    • Then, you have to mix the concrete either inside a wheel barrow or just by using a large bucket.

It is easy to create a sand casting mold and you can make the casting according to any size that you like. Apart from that, using concrete topping mix enables you to make smooth finish while adding concrete with pea gravel can also help creates a much textured finish.

  • After that, you can pour the concrete into two of your cat litter jugs.
    • Fill them up until it is completely full and try to use a funnel if it is necessary.
    • Then, wipe off any excess concrete found at the opening of your jugs before it started to dries off.
    • Once finished, you need to allow the concrete to dry thoroughly and place the lids on the jugs.
  • Next, you need to take the other two plastic jugs and fill them up with the concrete only at the halfway level.
    • Once finished, you need to allow the concrete to dry before you place the lids on top of the jugs.
    • The reason for filling both of the jugs with half the weigh than the first two jugs which are completely full is for you to have different choice of weights when you do your workouts.
  • To use your very own concrete jugs is quite easy, you just need to hold the jugs by its handles and pick them up. Use them just like you use your normal dumb bell weights.

    Always remember that whenever you want to make your own concrete weights

    • You should plan and determine the circumference and depth of the casting that you want to use.
    • If you do not have any experience, you can simply consult your nearby building materials store in order to know the type of admix and release agent which is the most suitable to be used for casting weights. You must always add concrete coloring onto the mix before you can start pouring the cast.
    • If you want to create a larger or heavier weight on the end of your weight pipe, you have to adjust the size of your sand circle according to the size of your preferred choice.
    • It is recommended that you use a release agent so that your wet concrete does not bond together with the casting. You need to add a concrete admix in order make your mix stronger and also reduce chipping whenever you are using your concrete dumb bells.

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