Getting that grip strength down, pushing your heart rate through the roof, and building some nasty traps are some of the major benefits to doing heavy farmers carry. But many of us are limited to our heaviest set of dumbells or kettlebells to run this movement. I personally got tired of stacking 2 or 3 kettlebells in each hand to get to a heavy farmers carry, so I decided to do something about it. I browsed the internet in search of a set of farmers carry handles to stack plates on, but have trouble paying $180 or more for a decent set. So I went ahead and designed my own set for less than $100. Here is what you will need to do the same.
- One 4x4, 8 feet
- Four 1 inch pipe, 8 inches in length, threaded
- Four 1 inch pipe flanges
- Six ¾ inch pipe, 8 inches in length, threaded
- Four ¾ inch pipe flanges
- Four ¾ inch pipe 90 degree elbows
- A box of 2-1/2 inch deck screws
The first thing you will need to do is take the 4x4 and cut it in half. These two 4 foot lengths will be the base of your handles.
For the handles themselves, take your ¾ inch pipe elbows and attach them to each end of an 8 inch threaded pipe piece. Attach the other two 8 inch lengths to the open ends of the elbows. Next attach the flanges to the bottoms. Make sure the flanges are sitting flat on a surface.
Attaching the handles exactly center will take some attention to detail. Place the handle roughly in the center of your 4 foot board. Then measure the distance from each edge of the board and the edge of the pipe flange. Move the handle back and forth until both sides measreu the same distance. For this build it was 17-3/8 inches from both ends. Once you have the correct placement, secure the handles with the 2-1/2 inch screws while making sure you don’t move the handles.
Measure 2-1/2 inches from each edge of the board and make a mark. Align your 1 inch pipe flange edges on this mark and secure with 2-1/2 inch screws. Again, try not to move the flange once you have them placed at the correct distance from the edge.
Now screw the threaded 1 inch pipe into the flanges, stack some weight on, and go. Each handle weighs about 20 pounds.
Written by Steve Pedersen