How to Make Your Own Sit Up Bench

by Mike Johnson
A sit up bench can help keep your abs in great shape.

A sit up bench can help keep your abs in great shape.

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Instead of having to get down on the floor every time you want to work your abdominal muscles, build your own sit up bench for workouts. A properly constructed sit up bench needs an incline surface that remains stable against your back and a place to anchor your feet to ensure the proper form. The sit up bench also needs to be long and wide enough support your body.

Items you will need

  • 2 bent pieces of thinwall electrical conduit
  • 1 straight piece of thinwall electrical conduit
  • Bolts
  • Wooden board
  • Pipe insulation
  • Furniture ends
Step 1

Use two bent pieces of thinwall electrical conduit for the base of the sit up bench. These tubes should be 5 feet long and 1 inch in diameter. The ends of the tubes will form the legs of your bench. The longest leg needs to be 17 inches, bent at a 50-degree arc, while the shortest leg needs to be 12 inches, bent at a 70-degree arc. The shortest legs are where your head will be when doing sit ups.

Step 2

Drill bolts, preferably 1/4-by-2 1/2 inches, through the middle of the legs and the base of the 2 thinwall electrical conduits to hold them together.

Step 3

Place a 20-by-11 1/2-inch wooden board over the center of the tubes so that 4 inches of the end over the board extend past where the shorter legs begin.

Step 4

Drill bolts, preferably 1/4-by-2 inches, through the wooden board and into the tops of the two pipes.

Step 5

Attach a 16-inch piece of thinwall electrical conduit, running perpendicular, about 8 inches up from the bottom of the longest leg. Secure it in place with contact cement and a bolt, if needed.

Step 6

Wrap the ends of the 16-inch pipe with pipe insulation so that it is more comfortable against your ankles when you are performing a sit up. Place furniture tips on the bottom of the legs to keep the bench from sliding.

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