This has got to be one of
the quickest and easiest pieces of fitness equipment that I've made.
The tornado ball or rope ball is an effective tool for working your
core... and it's fun to use. Maybe it's a guy thing, but there's
something satisfying about slamming the ball with maximum force
against the ground or side to side : ). You can use it for
overhead chops, standing twists against a brick wall, or a Russian
twist as demonstrated below.
Although you'll find a few
different methods for making a tornado ball, I've found the basketball
net method to be the most sturdy and easy to make (with the exception
of just throwing a med ball in a pillow case).
Here's what you need to make your own.
Take the basketball net out of the package
and lay it out. Weave the shoelace in and out of the
short loops at the one end of the net.
Pull the shoelace tight
and tie a couple knots in it, clipping off the loose ends.
Although not really
necessary, I like to grab the loops of the other end in bunches of 3
and use a little duct tape to bind them together about 1.5" from the
top. This makes it easier when you thread your rope or strap
through which is the final step after you put the ball in.
That's it... swing away!