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DIY Beast Mode Gear: How to Build Your Own Barbell

I am living in Japan where heavy lifters are rare and gym equipment is very expensive. So I decided to build my own barbell from scratch. Here’s how I did it, so you can do it too.

There have been plenty of challenges living for the past six years as an American in Japan. First of all, finding shoes my size is a challenge at best and damn near impossible at worst. Finding t-shirts that don’t choke me while not simultaneously being covered in non-sensical (or at least grammatically incorrect) English is another. And let’s not even get into trying to find a decent steak.

 

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