Equipment Name:

Bean Bag Wrist Rollers

Materials Needed:

-Bucket w/ or w/o Lid (1-2 Gallon)
-Section of PVC Pipe (1-2 Feet)
-Athletic Tape
-Rope (4-5 Feet)
-Several Bean Bags or similar small Items

Estimated Cost:

Varies

Rationale:

-The primary purpose of the bean bag wrist roller is to improve hand and forearm muscular strength and endurance.

-Bean bag wrist rollers capitalize on teaching by invitation by allowing students to quickly and easily modify resistance by adding or removing small items (e.g., bean bags, baseballs, golf balls) from the bucket.

-The bean bag wrist roller makes a great fitness station.

-Most of the items used to make the bean bag wrist roller can be found at any hardware store.

Directions For Making:

1-Punch two small holes, one in the bottom of the bucket, and on in the buckets lid. This can be done with an electric drill or simply a screwdriver if a drill is not available.
2-Feed the rope through the lid and the bottom of the bucket.
3-Tie a large knot at the end of the rope so that the rope does not slide through the hole in the bottom of the bucket.
4-Punch a hole through the center of the PVC pipe. Do Not go all the way through the pipe. This part will probably require and electric drill.
5-Feed the rope through the drilled hole in the PVC pipe and out one of the sides of the PVC pipe. (Feeding the rope out the side simply gives you access to the end of the rope so that you can tie a knot.)
6-Make a knot at the end of the rope so that the knot gets caught inside of the PVC Pipe. (You should not be able to see the knot.)
7-Wrap the PVC pipe in athletic tape to reduce slippage on the hands.
8-Add or remove bean bags from the bucket to increase or decrease resistance.

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Submitted by Thomas V. Nenos from Ridge, NY. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 3/11/09.