Looking to make a DIY resistance band bar or DIY X3 Bar? For under $40 we are going to use 3/4″ steel pipe and fittings. For length you can choose 24″ (X3 Bar width) or 30″ if you have wider shoulders. Then use a 3/4″-1/2″ reducer on both ends of the pipe, a 1/2″-1.5″ threaded nipple that will provide the extension for your clip, 1/2″ quick link between the reducer and screw on a 1/2″ cap. Put the resistance bands in the link loops and you’re ready to go!
What You Need:
How to Build a DIY Resistance Band Bar / DIY X3 Bar:
- Use a wrench to screw on the 3/4″-1/2″ reducer to both ends of the pipe.
- Use a wrench to tighten the 1/2″ – 1.5″ nipple into the reducer to make sure they are tight.
- Place one 1/2″ quick link at the end of each side.
- Use your hand to tighten on the end caps. This will ensure that if you need to remove the cap for any reason, loosening the cap won’t also loosen the nipple.
- Use a vinyl tape around the pipe as I show in the pictures. This makes it a little easier on the grip.
- The quick should support up to 3300 pounds, don’t skimp here.
- If you’re worried about weight, you can up-size this entire system in bar thickness.
- Longer pipes will provide a greater initial stretch to bands, giving you even more resistance than the X3 Bar can offer.
This setup should cost under $40 to make! There are plenty of high quality resistance band loop sets you can buy for about $50. So you should be able to make your own X3 bar for under $100.
Thank you to Reddit user rubiks_cuber_12 for the info!