Gymnastics Bar

16 Jan

We looked online for a gymnastics bar to buy for the girls.  These are some that we found:

Olympia 45 Inch Adjustable Gymnastics High BarAai Junior Training Bar

The first one was $285 plus $49.66 for shipping, a total of 334.66.  The second bar cost $440 including shipping.

So Jared decided to make one for a fraction of the price.  The paint cost $10 and we have plenty left , and the wood cost $20.  The bar was something we had been hanging our clothes off of in the basement of our previous house.  The total price of the homemade gymnastics bar was $30.00.

My dad even got in the act and helped with the painting.  We brought Aleah to the hardware store and let her pick the colors herself.  But she did not know what the colors were for because we wanted her to be surprised on Christmas morning.

This is Aleah running to her gymnastics bar.

They love it and hang off it for at least an hour every day.

Such a great outlet for their never ending supply of energy.  Thanks Jared!

Look ahead to the February 8th post for great instructions.

18 Responses to “Gymnastics Bar”

  1. Jill Eddy January 29, 2012 at 9:29 pm #

    How did you attach the bar to the supports? If you could email me it would be totally awesome!

    • Caitlyn January 30, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

      I will have Jared e-mail you about the bar support. It will probably be next week sometime, thanks for the interest

    • Paula meyers November 30, 2013 at 11:52 am #

      I would like all the details how to secure the pole and type of pole he used? I have looked every where on this site and can not see your directions that was posted Feb. 8th

      • Caitlyn December 3, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

        I used a strong, wooden dowel rod, which is great because the wood flexes a little like a real gymnastics bar. Just makes sure it’s strong enough to hold whoever will be using it. To attach it into the vertical supports, i drilled holes with a spade bit, large enough in diameter for the dowel rod to fit into. I then screwed through the support and dowel rod for extra security.

  2. Nichole February 2, 2012 at 1:16 am #

    What a great idea! Love it 🙂

    How did he attach the bar at the top? Was it just screwed in at the side?
    Also, was the bar similar to a closet rod?

    Thank you so much and for the inspiration!
    My daughters will be SO happy if my and my hubby can pull this off! 🙂

  3. Karrie Carlson April 16, 2012 at 7:40 pm #

    Can you inbox me the directions for this? Super idea!

    • Caitlyn April 16, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

      All the instructions you need are on the Feb 8th post, hope that helps and good luck!

  4. gymnastics fan 5040 August 20, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

    good job!! wow!!!!

    • gymnastics fan 5040 August 20, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

      if u still have the bar how much money is it??
      thanks from aneska

      • Caitlyn August 21, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

        the bar cost around $21.00
        most items were second hand- the bar was found at a garage sale for $1 and the paint was leftover from other house projects. The biggest purchase was in buying the wood which cost around $20.
        So as you can see this is a ton cheaper than buying a new gymnastics bar online for $250 or whatever. If you try and make your own, good luck- I am sure you will love it! (sorry it took so long to reply to your comment)

  5. abby August 2, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

    hi! can you please email me the directions on how to put the bar to the vertical supports? your idea is amazing! do you think this would rock with my level 4, 85 lb daughter? thanks in advance!

  6. Patty kenney August 12, 2014 at 2:17 pm #

    Wow what a great looking gym bar your husband and grandad did an excellent job! Could you please email me the directions that your husband followed to make this gym bar. My granddaughter wants one and her grandfather is going to try and make it if we have directions.Thank you very much!

  7. Natalie walie August 25, 2014 at 3:10 pm #

    I want one

  8. Natalie walie August 25, 2014 at 3:13 pm #

    Hi can it at least hold a sixty one pound girl because we have been looking for a gym bar all over the place at it is sooooo expensive the cheapest I found beside this is 250 which is still not cheap

    • Caitlyn September 16, 2014 at 8:51 pm #

      the bar can hold my husband who weighs WAY more than a 60 pound girl =) happy building!

  9. Ida Bottoms May 13, 2016 at 2:41 pm #

    Great job,thanks for sharing, I think this will make my grand daughters happy.

  10. Josie October 31, 2016 at 9:45 am #

    In the process of making this. so far so cool. finished daughters balance beam and it is awesome. saved hundreds of dollars and it has been a fun project for me(mom)

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