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« on: December 20, 2009 08:01:42 PM »

Once upon a time, I bought a rather large number of dumbbells (in sizes 2,3,4,5,8,10 and 15 pounds, in pairs, of course).  I very rarely use them, but I've read that kettlebell exercises are great for getting in shape because they swing (adding a bit of variability to the load that your muscles carry).  I have the hex kind ( example from amazon.com), and the neoprene covered ones ( another example from amazon.com. My current best idea is to use something like rope to make a handle that fits over each end, something like this wonderful paint picture:


I know how to crochet and knit, and did macrame in the 1970's when I was about 10 years old.  Are there any suggestions for how to go about this (technique, best angles for strength, explanations why this is a really bad idea, etc.)?  I'd greatly appreciate some input before I step blindly into the project (though I'd intended to do tests with lighter weight dumbbells in an unoccupied room to prevent large holes in walls or people).

Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2009 09:35:54 PM »

It seems like a decent idea, and a good re-use idea. Your macrame skills will come in handy. I would also advise you checking the wear of the cords on a regular basis... Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2009 12:41:39 PM »

You might also want to consider wrapping with leather strips instead.  It's just a little bit more durable, and will also feel better in your hands.
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