Monday, October 15, 2012

Agility Ladder


          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. (see picture)




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


Thanks for stopping by! Please post any questions, I will be happy to answer them!


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