Tim Ferriss had this to say about T-handles in “The 4-Hour Body”:
I have 20 kettlebells of various sizes but still prize my T-handle, as it can be disassembled for travel and packed flat at a weight of less than five pounds. In addition to swings, it can be used for deadlifts, two-arm bent rows, curls, reverse curls, and more. For $10, five minutes of shopping, and less than five minutes of assembly, you have an entire gym.
Dave Draper.com has the full assembly instructions, but here’s the quick-and-dirty:
Go to a hardware store and pick up the following:
- One 3/4" diameter pipe “T” fitting
- One 3/4"diameter X 12” long pipe nipple (a pipe threaded at both ends) for the vertical shaft (Note: if you’re short, get a shorter pipe)
- Two 3/4" X 4” pipe nipples for the handles (Ferriss recommends using electrical or duct tape to cover the outside threads)
- One 3/4"floor flange
- Optional: A spring clamp to keep plates from shifting up / dropping down during swings.
And don’t be a dummy: Use a pipe wrench and some thread locker to be safe, and don't swing above chest-height. (If you really want to do overhead swings, it's best to get yourself an actual kettlebell, you cheap bastard.)
Also, replace your T-handle every few months. It'll cost you less than a cheap pizza.
(Bonus: You can also put together a D-handle for one-handed swings.)