If you have a barbell but not quite enough plates, you’ve probably spent this quarantine hanging things off it in extremely sketchy ways. On social media I’ve seen people put weights in tote bags, hang water bottles off their barbell, and more. A lot of these DIY solutions are injuries waiting to happen, but recently I saw a clever solution from u/nachosun on Reddit.

This hack is a simple one: use figure-8 deadlift straps to hang dumbbells off your bar. I tried it, and can report it actually works, and it’s secure if you use appropriately sized dumbbells.

I’ll show you what I mean. This is a figure-8 deadlift strap. If you do strongman events or really heavy rack pulls, you probably already have a pair. They help you hold onto a bar even when a regular set of deadlift straps would come loose. But here, we’re using them in a different way.

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