Equipment

White Board Weight Selection Guide for BodyPump

We often have people trickling in during the warm up, and then running around getting dumbbells and extra plates at the beginning of each track. I made a magnet board to let them know what to grab. I still queue the weight selection like always, this just helps folks visualize what they need to grab ahead of time.

I shared this on social media and got a ton of folks asking about how they could make their own, so I wrote up some quick instructions!

How to make your own BodyPump magnet board

First, grab the PDF of the labels and weights. The barbell icon was originally from Flaticon.com and used under an attribution license.

Second, find some magnet sheets. I used these 20mil magnet sheets which are available on Amazon in packs of 25 sheets, you may be able to find them in smaller packages as well.

Print out the PDF on paper that is at least 8 x 10 inches (letter or A4 will be fine). I used glossy laser paper to give it a little more of a professional look. Peel back the adhesive on the magnet sheet and carefully place the paper on top (printed side up and away from the adhesive), being careful to line all the images up so they’re on the magnet.

Trim excess paper and then cut the magnets apart. You can use scissors but you’ll get much nicer lines using a ruler and xacto knife.

Use these with an 11 x 14 magnetic white board (I put my instagram name on mine using a Silhouette machine). Voila!

Equipment

DIY Suspension Trainer Plans

Suspension training is an excellent tool for building strength and stability. It can be used by a very wide variety of people and the equipment can be used almost anywhere. While commercial systems like TRX and Monkii Bars are well made and well worth the price they may not be in everyone’s budget. Here are instructions on how to make two different versions of a suspension trainer – one super low budget $15 version and a more luxurious $40 version.

The Cheap Version

5-Minute Suspension Exercise Device at Instructables

This one uses stuff you can find at your local hardware store and should come in under $15. It uses three lashing straps (sometimes called tiedowns) to create the trainer and if you can’t find a good deal locally Amazon has a 4-pack for under $10.

The fancy version

Monkii.co, makers of a very nice portable suspension system, published really thorough instructions for a nice looking DIY kit. It requires more materials, and some sewing skills for the neoprene case, but still clocks in a lot cheaper than buying a commercial system.