DIY Earthquake bar


OK, not really. But it is a DIY Earthquake bar. Why you need a Earthquake bar is almost as easy as making it. Everyone loves to bench and if you are about that garage gym life you love a challenge, this bar gives you both. Lets start with the benefits.

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Oscillating kinetic energy (OKE)

In other words it forces all your stabilizing muscles to work together with the primary muscle movers. OKE also increases blood flow to muscles and joints to maximize recovery and growth.

The earthquake bar is not just for bench.

Use it wherever you need some OKE
Squat,Overhead walks,lunges,curls,overhead press, You get the point.
So that’s the why; now here is the how:

Materials Needed:

10 foot x 1.25 PVC pipe
2 x 1.25 PVC caps
1 x Can of PVC primer
1 x Can of PVC cement.
Sandpaper and a Hacksaw


  1. Cut the PVC tube to 8 feet.
  2. Clean the ends with sandpaper and primer.
  3. Cement on the caps.
  4. Wait 3 minutes and bench.

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  • Flipflop88 April 5, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    How much weight are you able to use with the PVC pipe?

    • John Greaves III April 5, 2018 at 4:11 pm

      PVC isn’t as strong as a factory built bamboo bar but the point isn’t to load it up with weight. Even light loads will challenge your stabilizers. I’d start light and add weight slowly, if you’ve never done this prepare to be humbled!

    • Tom Stone April 6, 2018 at 9:51 am

      John is correct. The most I’ve put on is about 125# but that’s more than enough to reach the desired effect. The effectiveness of the bar is in the use of (OKE) oscillating kinetic energy which forces the recruitment of stabilizer muscles increasing blood flow. I like it best as specialty movement used for recovery or warm up, or a weak out from a meet if you cant just rest all week like me. I also use it a lot for young athletes to develop stabilizing strength (walking overhead or walking overhead lunges are great) I hope this helps, Let us know if you make it and what you think.