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How to buy a good stationary bicycle exercise machine.
APARTMENT LIFE Dec 1979 (v.11#12) pg. 22

Photo shows a child's quilted exercise mat. Can be hung from the wall with drapery rings.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jul 1973 (v.51#7) pg. 78, 102

Photo shows how to make an indoor/outdoor mat from strips of fabric, sewn into tubes and stuffed with polyester batting. Est. cost: $15.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jul 1976 (v.54#7) pg. 60

How to make canvas rugs that double as exercise mats. Finished rug is 36"x54" and is padded with four layers of quilt batting. Est. cost: $43.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jul 1978 (v.56#7) pg. 110, 160

Quilted exercise mat in a sun pattern. Estimated cost: $27.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jul 1981 (v.59#7) pg. 63, 111

Rug or exercise mat is made from 8" squares of old denim material (blue jeans). Dimensions: 40"x64". Est. cost: $18.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Feb 1983 (v.61#2) pg. 39, 49

Exercise box stores small exercise equipment and doubles as a foot holder for situps. Est. cost: $25.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Mar 1986 (v.64#3) pg. 94, 184

What to look for in a treadmill, what to buy and why.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Sep 1999 (v.77#9) pg. 126

Inner tube is simple home gymnasium.
BOYS' LIFE Jan 1963 (v.53#1) pg. 55

Chinning bar builds stomach muscles.
BOYS' LIFE Feb 1963 (v.53#2) pg. 64

Rubber-tube gym. How to use two old bike inner tubes in exercises to duplicate those exercises performed with barbells.
BOYS' LIFE Oct 1970 (v.60#10) pg. 72

How to make a wrist roll pulley for a home gym from two 2x4s, cord, a plastic pail filled with sand and a rolling pin.
BOYS' LIFE Jan 1973 (v.63#1) pg. 67

How to make a doorway gym.
BOYS' LIFE May 1974 (v.64#5) pg. 42

How to build an exercise bench and a 12# set of barbells.
BOYS' LIFE Jan 1975 (v.65#1) pg. 62

How to construct the equipment for a portable obstacle course that sets up easily, indoors or out.
BOYS' LIFE Nov 1976 (v.66#11) pg. 60

How to make a multipurpose muscle builder from 2 old bike inner tubes.
BOYS' LIFE May 1978 (v.68#5) pg. 52

Build this wooden exercise bench. May be used level or on a incline.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Mar 1982 (v.5#6) pg. 34

Planning a basement physical fitness center. Includes instructions for building a press bench and chin-up bar.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Aug 1985 (v.8#11) pg. 14

Exercise mat with matching pillows features a winter scene applique on one side and a summer scene on the other.
CREATIVE CRAFTS & MINIATURES #91 Feb 1983 (v.8#7) pg. 51

Double duty exercise mat and bed headboard. Mat is appliqued with floral pattern and hangs on the wall above a bed when not used as a mat.
DECORATING & CRAFT IDEAS May 1979 (v.10#4) pg. 42

Tip: Use a weight-lifting belt to provide support while exercising and doing strenuous tasks like splitting firewood.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #300 Jul-Aug 1989 (v.39#7) pg. 91

Sliding jig for a router is used to shape a 16-ft. beam into uniform arcs for use as a gymnastic balance beam.
FINE WOODWORKING #56 Jan-Feb 1986 pg. 12

Exercise mat sewn from bands of fabric. Measures 29"x69". Rolls up and becomes its own carrying case.
HANDMADE #12 Jan-Feb 1984 pg. 24

Build a pair of backyard chinning bars that will serve the entire family.
HANDY ANDY May 1979 (v.3#8) pg. 16

Hide your multipurpose fitness machine in this decorative cabinet styled like a tall armoire.
HOMEOWNER Jun 1986 (v.11#5) pg. 52

"Squeeze Meter" made from plastic detergent bottle measures the strength of your hand grip.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #452 Jan 1966 (v.62) pg. 114

One-wheel exercise bicycle with adjustable tension on wheel. Est. cost: $10.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #491 Apr 1969 (v.65) pg. 118

Budget exercise bike is made from an old bike frame and front wheel, mounted on a wood and aluminum stand.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #520 Sep 1971 (v.67) pg. 115

How to make a teeter board, an exercise board to toughen leg muscles and sharpen coordination for skiing, surfing, etc.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #543 Aug 1973 (v.69) pg. 100

Make your own exercise bench with adjustable barbell support, adjustable back board and built-in leg exerciser.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #580 Sep 1976 (v.72) pg. 76

Convert a laundry room into a physical fitness center. Plans included for a storage wall, kneeling bench, mirror with ballet barre and exercise-bicycle stand (which converts an ordinary bicycle into a stationary bicycle).
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #670 Mar 1984 (v.80) pg. 38

Make this easy-to-assemble slant board for doing sit-ups. The board is propped up on one or more steps when exercising.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #677 Sep 1984 (v.80) pg. 20

Make a fitness center of wood. Part 1. Adjustable weight bench and leg curl/extension machine.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #87 May-Jun 1984 pg. 112

Make a fitness center of wood. Part 2. Calf block, "LAT" machine, hyperextension bench, standing calf machine, curling bench, and seated calf machine.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #88 Jul-Aug 1984 pg. 98

Budget barbell is made by filling 2-liter plastic soda bottles with sand and mounting them on each end of a length of electrical conduit.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #94 Jul-Aug 1985 pg. 103

Build a sit-up bench and an inversion machine.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #96 Nov-Dec 1985 pg. 90

Build a wind-load trainer platform that incorporates a 10-speed bicycle. Squirrel cage fan from an auto heater is used rather than a friction device to provide resistance.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #101 Sep-Oct 1986 pg. 94

Indoor gym equipment to build. (1) Stahl bar unit. Est. cost: $70. (2) Sliding board. Est. cost: $70. (3) Slant board. Est. cost: $32.
NEW SHELTER Jan 1982 (v.3#1) pg. 43

Exercise pacer circuit provides evenly spaced "clicks" for keeping pace while using an exercise machine. Also suitable for use as a metronome or audible darkroom timer.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [2] Sep 1990 (v.7#9) pg. 22

Ground-level balance beam.
POPULAR MECHANICS Nov 1964 (v.122#5) pg. 171

Grip tester uses lights to show strength in your hand.
POPULAR MECHANICS Apr 1965 (v.123#4) pg. 184

Simple rack and two casters converts bicycle into exerciser.
POPULAR MECHANICS Oct 1965 (v.124#4) pg. 166

Convert an old bicycle into an exerciser for arms and legs.
POPULAR MECHANICS May 1969 (v.131#5) pg. 181

Build a jogging machine. Foot-operated treadmill with upright post and pedometer includes tension bar for increasing effort. Est. cost: $30.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jun 1969 (v.131#6) pg. 157

Exercise bench made from 2x4s, dowels, and a scrap of plywood. Post at one end has notches for bar bell. Bench is padded with foam rubber.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jul 1969 (v.132#1) pg. 168

Six quick and easy projects. Includes instructions for building a weight bench.
POPULAR MECHANICS Dec 1973 (v.140#6) pg. 150

Bruce Jenner, Olympic decathlon winner, tells how to stay in shape. Plans included for building your own home gymnasium or shape-up room in a 10x15-ft. floor area.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jan 1977 (v.147#1) pg. 50

Three pieces of physical fitness equipment. (1) Stall bars with built-in pulley weights and a chinning bar, (2) rowing machine and, (3) jogger machine (treadmill). Est. cost: $115 for stall bars, $36 for rowing machine and $65 for jogger.
POPULAR MECHANICS Aug 1978 (v.150#2) pg. 62

Build a backyard parcours, a compact substitute for the cross-country stations of an obstacle course. Simple wood frame includes stations for hamstring stretch, heel cord stretch, rope pull, knee-ups, chin-ups, press, back arches, step-ups, dips and push-ups. Unit is 8-ft. tall, 4-ft. wide, and 8-ft. long. Est. cost: $60.
POPULAR MECHANICS Sep 1979 (v.152#3) pg. 116

Keep on pedaling, even when it snows. Bicycle exercise stand lifts the rear wheel off the ground and converts bicycle into an exercise machine. Made from a discarded folding aluminum chair.
POPULAR MECHANICS Oct 1980 (v.154#4) pg. 56

Tiltable book holder fits on an exercise bicycle. Built mostly of wood.
POPULAR MECHANICS Sep 1986 (v.163#9) pg. 96

Keep fit with a man-sized outdoor gym.
POPULAR SCIENCE May 1964 (v.184#5) pg. 155

Bike exerciser you can build. Easily constructed to convert your bicycle to an exerciser. Est. cost: $8.
POPULAR SCIENCE Oct 1967 (v.191#4) pg. 176

Adjustable chinning or exercise bar mounts in a doorway.
POPULAR SCIENCE Feb 1968 (v.192#2) pg. 16

Bicycle stand does three jobs. Stores bike, serves as a repair stand and converts bike into an exercising machine.
POPULAR SCIENCE Dec 1969 (v.195#6) pg. 139

Exercise bench built from 1 sheet of plywood. Winning design in annual plywood contest.
POPULAR SCIENCE Aug 1981 (v.219#2) pg. 72

A slot-together, peg-together exercise bench is easily disassembled for storage. Built from 1 sheet of plywood and dowels.
POPULAR SCIENCE Aug 1983 (v.223#2) pg. 92

Backyard gymnastics equipment you can build. Instructions for building shortened parallel bars, a shortened low balance beam and handstand assists.
SUNSET May 1977 (v.158#5) pg. 110

How to make a sturdy barbell rack and guide from steel shelf brackets.
SUNSET Jul 1977 (v.159#1) pg. 93

How to make an exercise pad for daily calisthenics. Has a removable covering of terrycloth.
SUNSET Nov 1977 (v.159#5) pg. 156

Ribbstol, a Swedish exercise unit, fastens to a wall and is built from dowels set into a 2x6 frame.
SUNSET Aug 1978 (v.161#2) pg. 82B

Build a ribbstol into the bathroom. This wall-mounted exercise unit of 14 rungs set in a frame is used for sit-ups, leg lifts, ballet exercises, etc.
SUNSET Apr 1980 (v.164#4) pg. 166

Make a set of wooden dumbbells from maple.
SUNSET Dec 1984 (v.173#6) pg. 92

Tip: Adjustable exercise bar for the end of a wooden play structure.
SUNSET Mar 1987 (v.178#3) pg. 116

Aerobatic step (platform) is adjustable for three different heights and includes a no-slip surface for maximum traction during use.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1993 (v.17#4) pg. 48

Crocheted exercise ball for limbering up the hands.
WORKBASKET Mar 1982 (v.47#5) pg. 41

Indoor jogger treadmill is easy to build with common lumber. Est. cost: $40.
WORKBENCH Mar-Apr 1985 (v.41#2) pg. 56