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They already have fake styrofoam weights but they're
very light. The idea is to make them very heavy, 250 to
300 pounds. This way they'd be huge and impressive.
Say you bench press 250 pounds. The
in those weight plates would take up about a half cubic
foot. To build a barbell weight
out of styrofoam it would
be about 100 times larger. That's a big set of weights.
I'm guessing the entire barbell arrangement, bar, foam
plates and any necessary support cables to keep it stiff
would be over 100 feet long. That's a big barbell.
Of course, smaller versions, 60 pounds or so could be fun
for beginners as they begin their exercise program on
one by lifting a barbell with the volume of a small car.
Hey, it's exercise right? The world record for a bench
press is about a thousand pounds. Put that guy on one of
these and he'd be pressing a weight set the size of a
Now THAT would be something to see.
Addendum: Make other heavy objects out of foam,
houses, locomotives, 50 foot tall fake boulders and have
contestants on a TV show lift, manipulate, throw them
for points in a competition.
Big, very heavy foam dumbbells
Though made out of foam, this barbell might still be 800 pounds. [doctorremulac3, Feb 19 2019, last modified Feb 20 2019]
The house throwing segment.
[doctorremulac3, Feb 19 2019]
The Atlas toss...
...you get the idea. [doctorremulac3, Feb 19 2019]
Leafcutter ants can carry twenty times their body weight. [8th of 7, Feb 20 2019]
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||OK. Rather than being big, it's hella huge because to
achcieve this weight you'd need a metric shit ton of
||Use of the metric system is a yardstick for a nation's
||That's funny. I would say abandoning the metric
system is an even bigger sign of any one's
development. It's feet, inches, quarts, gallons,
miles, pints, acres, fathoms, pounds, ounces and
tons for me. Even horses are measured in hands.
||//I would say abandoning the metric system is an even
bigger sign of any one's development.//
||An indication that it's time to go into a home? Makes sense.
||If the bench were high enough, these could be perfectly
proportional with a smaller handles recessed into the bar.
||Seriously (semi) this might make for an interesting tv
one of those Ninja Warrior deals where they run through
obstacle course. Expanding beyond barbells for instance,
putting the 300 pound, 2 foot
wide rock on pedestal, they put a 300 pound foam two
their back and carry it 20 yards.
||It'd look kind of like the ant Olympics.
||Re: the addendum, I think the danger of lifting and
manipulating heavy stuff
for competition is somewhat mitigated by the fact that if
the person drops a 500 pound foam house on his foot, it
wouldn't cause any damage. If you've ever seen one of
those strong man competitions where they collapse under
the weight of the massive rock they're trying to heft it's
not entertaining, it's very painful to watch. No matter
how well built you are a 500 pound boulder lands on your
chest you're gonna have a bad day.
||Here you get the spectacle of the strength competition,
enhanced by the visual aid of comically huge heavy foam
objects without the horror of seeing a man's life
destroyed because he misjudged his ability to put a rock
on a shelf.
||Addendum #2: it occurred to me you'd have to have some
stiff bits to hold to lift these, like mentioned in the
barbell design, so that would have to be designed so it
wouldn't hurt you if you dropped in. But as these are
mostly cables under tension and support rods the hard
bits would be distributed pretty evenly throughout the
foam piece. So basically you'd have handles that you'd
stay away from if you dropped it. They'd also be situated
away from the body so you'd just get hit with foam if you
dropped the 4 story Atlas globe piece on your head.
||Could add another element of excitement. "He's dropped
it folks!! Is he OK?" A few seconds later he pulls himself
out from under the actual size foam Lincoln from the
Lincoln Memorial and everybody cheers.
||Can we use balsa wood impregnated with metal balls? That would provide structure with the weight.
||Absolutely, this could
become a competition for makers, sculpture artists and
||So you'd get people, maybe set designers or makeup
special effects artists making a 500 pound life sized
Godzilla. Then you'd get some guy trying to hoist it on his
back and run 1,000 yards.
||The challenge to the makers would be to make it as huge
and light as
possible. Only rules would be it couldn't be inflatable.
that, it's just got to be awesome.
||Then you've got to find a place with absolutely zero wind
to do this. Like... zero.
||Hang on just a cotton pickin' moment. The title says
"incredibly massive", but the whole point is that the weights
are enormous _without_ being incredibly massive.
||Size massive, not mass massive.
||//Size massive, not mass massive// Ah, I think you mean
"sizeive", then. Massive means "having great mass". But I
note the title amendation. Your scolpenity does you credit,
||Uhh.. thanks? Although it's probably unwise to
thank somebody for a compliment you don't
||Re: Ant links. That was the inspiration but they
don't carry big stuff as impressively as I had
thought they did. Also had a hard time finding
pictures of men holding up stuff 1,000 times their
size. Even all the Superman pictures showed him
holding up a car or something unimpressive.
||Note how Superman grimaces no matter what he's
picking anything up, whether it be a locomotive or
something tens of thousand times heavier like
a pyramid in Egypt.
||Usual barbells with 1) magnifying lenses in front of
them or 2) managed heat shimmer to provide lensing
effect by two small propane burners + propane tank.
||Getting a little complex there.