Quote from Tony Dziepak
If you have old hurdles, salvage the weight bars in the base of the hurdles, but be careful about sharp edges where the screw dug into the center of the bar--file down if necessary to avoid skin cuts. These weight bars can be used for discus throws.
If you have old inner tubes, fill with sand to make throwing tubes. Use an old wheelbarrow tire tube or cut or fold over a mountain bike inner tube. I would not use lead shot for homemade tubes because you don't want to expose your athletes to lead (whether HS or college), and if the tube busts open, you have a persistent lead contamination at your athletic field. Also lead-filled indoor shots and weights should only be used indoors for the same reason--if they bust open, the lead is contained inside and can be swept up and remaining dust may be vacuumed.
We also made a variable-weight, variable-length weight implement by salvaging a 7/8" or 1" diameter cast aluminum eye bolt and two huge nuts and washers to fit. We loaded #10 and #5 CAP-style weight plates, We had enough room to add up to #70.
We also made weights out of one side of an old broken solid dumbbell. For example a broken #60 dumbbell makes a weight that is approximately #30. Weld a loop to the side of the bell half.
Also if you find a #7.5 CAP barbell weight plate, that's nice for a heavy discus implement. #10 is a little heavy. #5 the diameter is a little too small.
Also don't forget the tire throw.
published at Feb 17th 2012 6:51am on http://www.effortlessthrow.org/
Quote from DangerousDan
I like to use lengths of chain link for discus training attached to a hammer handle with a quick link carabiner. Its nice because you can quickly and easily adjust the weight and it doesn't leave an impact crater on your field. Also in very wet climates it can be easier to hold onto.
published at Feb 17th 2012 7:20am on http://www.effortlessthrow.org/