If you're in the sport performance field, you know that Flywheel training offers a unique training stimulus that can't be achieved via traditional resistance training methods.
In our facility, we strive to give our athletes the best mode of training in order to elicit specific adaptations for performance. The use of a flywheel is a premier tool to elicit a unique eccentric overload stimulus and the literature has shown this to be beneficial for performance and injury reduction.
So when we sought to implement a flywheel into our facility, I was shocked at the prices, typically 2-5K for ONE machine. In our facility it's hard to justify spending that much money on only one piece of equipment, and while the flywheel is great, it has limited
versatility, especially the box/floor models. Compound that with us working with groups of athletes, and it's not logistically a great
After some research and study, I learned the flywheel is actually a simple design and can be pieced together fairly easily with only a $100-$200 dollars and a few hours. And thus was born our DIY Flywheel Manual!
Myself and dozens of others have been on both our DIY flywheel versions and the markets top versions, and it's about 95% the same. It's not quite as smooth, not quite as quiet and less efficient when changing plates, but beyond that, if you closed your eyes and used
both versions, you'd feel the same thing.
So while this manual is about giving you the tools to access the wonderful benefits of a flywheel, it's also about giving it to you in an affordable manner that doesn't handcuff you as a performance gym owner or home gym owner. It's also about empowering you
all to learn the power of investigation and self-experimentation, which is how we discovered how easily a flywheel could be made.
I've spend thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours tinkering with variations of the flywheel, ways to make small upgrades and compiled it into the manual. Inside this manual you'll have 4 variations that best suit your needs and your space. While I may be biased, I do think our work has helped drive Flywheel prices down and pushed them to innovate. We were the first to introduce a rack version that allows for horizontal movements and done so in a manner that easily attaches to a squat rack, so there is no footprint. Since then, other companies have come out with versions of this...
all in all helping you the consumer have access to the best products.
We have sold close to a thousand copies of this manual and users from all over the world have been able to easily build their own flywheel.
That said, this is just a blueprint and you do need some skill in working with wood and metal. We also encourage you all the read through it and seek to make adjustments that you see fit. I'm a coach, NOT an engineer or wood worker or shop expert. I've gotten great feedback from those much more knowledgable and skilled in a shop setting who have made adjustments and upgrades that suit them.
Finally, if you have access and comfort in your funds, I encourage you to buy from the major flywheel companies, such as Exxentic or ProInertia. The do have a wonderful product line with the ability to use metrics for athlete tracking and feedback and have an easier process for switching plate sizes. If you're like me and like to do things yourself, experiment, tinker then this manual is for you.
In this manual you'll receive instructions on the following
Once you’ve completed building your flywheel, be sure to check out our YouTube Channel to make the most of your new training tool: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Enjoy the process, reach out with any questions, and give me feedback on your project!
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