Maxi-Pull: How to Build Your Own Endurance training tool
Essentially, the Maxi-Pull is a sloper hangboard that, because it is comfortable and relatively friendly in terms of your skin, can be used as a highly effective endurance training tool. The Maxi-Pull help to increase endurance and discover the limits of what being pumped. La Fabrique verticale can help you to build your own.
While these are all convincing reasons to give training on a Maxi-Pull a shot, there’s one small problem: the company that manufactured them is no longer in business. Luckily, however, Maxi-Pulls are very simply and easy to build on your own. And La Fabrique verticale is kind enough to share the design for building his own Maxi-Pull.
Building Your Own Maxi-Pull
Building your own Maxi-Pull seems pretty straightforward. But you will definitely need some basic tools and building skills. Here’s the list of everything we used in building ours.
Maxi-Pull Materials and Tools
– 1 2x6x24″
– One 2x4x24″
– 1 2×3/4×24″ Plywood strip. You could use a 1x2x24″
– 3″ Drywall or wood screws
– 1 2x6x24″ PVC Pipe
– Skateboard deck tape. Buy at any skate shop
– Jig Saw
– Cordless Drill
Here’s a testimony of a reader of La Fabrique verticale : « I found a section of PVC pipe. Some stores carry them, some do not. If you can find one, it saves you from having to buy a 10′ section of pipe. I used a 6″ diameter pipe to get more of an open hand grip than a 4″ would give.
I cut off about an 1.5″ deep section of the pipe to give me a 3/4 round pipe. In fact, I did this to give me a fairly positive open hand grip. As I get stronger I can move my hand down the pipe to give me a progressively worse grip. You could cut the pipe in half to get right down to the “business” if you’re strong enough.
Cutting and screwing
Cutting 1.5″ off the diameter of the pipe gave me a 5.5″ opening, perfect for fitting onto the 2×6 (really 1.75″x5.5″). This was dumb luck. A better way to do this would be to measure 5.5″ across the end of the pipe and then make your cuts. I found cutting the pipe the most difficult thing to do. If you have a table saw it would be a breeze. But I finally resorted to using a jig saw after a hand saw failed. Getting a straight cut with the hand saw was fruitless. A jig saw gave me a better cut, not perfect but adequate. Maybe a store would cut the pipe on their wood saw? That would be the easiest solution.
I screwed the 2×6 into the studs over my door using the 3″ screws. In fact, I had two studs to use and screwed the 2×6 on using 3 screws in each stud. Then I screwed the 2×4 to it using 4 screws and the plywood strip to the 2×4 using 5 screws spaced out along the long axis of the strip. I then screwed the pipe to the wood using 5 screws along the long axis. The idea was to support the pipe at its edges and in the middle. It seems to work. In fact, I couldn’t screw the top pipe edge to the 2×6 as it’s too close to the ceiling to use the drill. I could screw the bottom edge but it doesn’t seem to be necessary. »
Thanks for sharing !