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A Key Element for Grip Training That You Can Build Yourself

If you’re interested in Grip Training, you are going to need a Loading Pin.

There’s just about no way around this fact.

These imperative items can be bought on-line easy enough and they will be shipped to your house within a few days.

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But if you are strapped for cash and broke worse than Mike Tyson, then you might need to pursue another option, because these things can be pretty expensive…

Grip Strength Tool: The Loading Pin

One of the tools that many people who train for Grip Strength routinely use is a Loading Pin. This is used in order to put the weight plates on and then it is connected with a carabiner or S-hook to whatever implement it is that you are using for that session.

There are many types of Grip Training Tools that use Loading Pins:

  • Rolling Thunder Handles
  • Hub Lift Devices
  • Vertical Bar Devices
  • Pinch Block Devices
  • One Hand Lift Device

…And the list just goes on and on.

I literally have like 4 loading pins in my gym. Some of them ALWAYS have weight on them because I keep my warm-up weights for certain lifts, like the Rolling Thunder right on them.

Other Loading Pins get used for other specific purposes, such as loading pins of different heights that I use for changing the distance I pull.

Because Loading Pins are so important, I want to show you how to build your own loading pin for NOTHING compared to the prices often seen on-line.

Now, here’s the story behind this Loading Pin.

In March of this year, I released Home Made Strength II: Grip Strength Edition, which shows you exactly how to build your own set of Grip Training tools from scratch, and one of the items was a Loading Pin.

Hundreds of people gobbled up this On-line DVD (you download it to your system, kind of like Netflix, only you keep the video and can watch it whenever you want) and started making their own stuff and saved a bunch of money while also arming themselves with the tools they needed to turn their hands into legal weapons.

One guy who picked up the product and really took action building the stuff was Justin Burns. He went through the list of equipment like a windstorm and built most of it right away.

Then a few days after he bought HMS2, he emailed me and shared with me an even easier way to build your own loading pin.

I asked him if he’d be willing to share the plans with the Diesel Universe, and he wholeheartedly obliged. Check it out…

How to Build a Loading Pin

Equipment Needed to Build a Loading Pin

  • 10 inch nipple (1.5 inches)
  • 1.5inch cap
  • 3/8 eye bolt
  • 1.5 inch floor flange
  • Steel epoxy

Tools Needed to Build a Loading Pin

  • Hand drill
  • 3/8 drill bit
  • Pliers

Procedure for Building a Loading Pin

  • 1)First thing you need to do is take the cap and find the center of it, then using your drill, make a 3/8 hole (if you have a vise this would be the best time to use it)

    Once that is done, take your eye bolt, put some of your steel epoxy on the threads and put the eye bolt through the cap, tightening the nut with your pliers to make the two pieces one unit

  • 2) Take your 10 inch nipple and your floor flange and put the steel epoxy on the threads of the nipple and then twist the floor flange onto the nipple

    When that is done it will look like this:

  • 3) Thread the two assembled components together and you’re done. You have yourself a loading pin no welding needed.

BAM! There you go, DIESELS.

It can’t get much easier than that. Now, if you don’t have a drill, then call around to your friends and find somebody that has one. Think of somebody who’s really handy and builds stuff a lot. This is a snap for them.

Go buy them a beer or bring them those video tapes you borrowed a while back and before you leave ask them if they can help you build a loading pin. Chances are they love building stuff so much they will jump at the ability to pull their tools out.

For more awesome ideas on how to build your own Grip Strength Training Arsenal, check out Home Made Strength 2 – Grip Strength Edition.

All the best in your training,


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5 Responses to “A Key Element for Grip Training That You Can Build Yourself”

  1. Carlos Rodriguez Says:

    That is a really creative way for a loading pin, another way is to remove the sleeve of a barbell an put on an eye bolt. Awesome stuff Jedd!!!!!

  2. Dave Says:

    Just a question, but what sort of eye bolt (not width, but metal type) do you recommend? Since most of the big box stores around here just have zinc/steel ones that have SWL of 100-150#.

  3. Dave Says:

    I was just wondering what sort of eyebolt metal you use. Since the big box stores around here (HD and Lowes) mostly just have the zinc steel versions, which say they have a swl (safe working load, I think) of 100-150# depending on the diameter.

  4. gene pires Says:

    nice one. I made some the same way but for standard plates. Same idea but the pipe is 3/4″ instead of 1.5″. Gorilla glue works too. Important to get the epoxy or glue in the eyebolt threads because when you use it, it has a tendency to unthread the eye bolt.

    Since we are sharing, one loading pin has a T connection on top with 2 short 4″ nipples out for using as a KB swinging implement. I wish I could claim I invented it but I found that design online.

    I made a adjustable plate curl device using a short loading pin (2″ nipple) and a block of 2×8 wood. Wood screw the floor flange to the 2″ side of the wood block. You only get 2 of the holes in the flange into wood but it should hold up unless you are beastly strong. Hose clamps keep the weight from shifting around.

    With creativity. you can make lots of stuff from the pipe and various parts. I made a adj weaver bar and safety bars for squat and benching too. Somewhere online is a huy with many ideas mostly from pipe. He must be a plumber and gets all the stuff for free.

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