Dumpster UBE Machine

I went for a bike ride today, and, as usual, my legs were completely fried. I often work some reps with light weight to even out the workout, or I do some pullups and dips. This time I tried something different.


I found this bad boy besides a dumpster about five years ago. It actually does have a seat, but it’s a crappy stationary bike.

It does, however, make a sweet UBE machine!

I worked out on it for about 20 minutes after my ride. I’ve seen wrestlers and fighters ripping on the real machines, but I never realized how hard it is! I rotated between three different positions with my “new” toy: standing facing the bike and moving the handlebars and sitting/kneeling behind the bike to turn the pedals in both directions.

My dumpster-issue UBE machine doesn’t have variable resistance. It grinds and whines like the devil. But I am glad I dragged it out of storage to give it a try. I’m sure to be sore tomorrow.

Do you have any good used or repurposed equipment finds to share? Let us know!

About moaimartialarts

Lucky enough to grow up with the martial arts, I have felt their positive influence throughout my life and am especially interested in sharing these experiences with others. I enjoy working with youth and adults to give back some of what I've received. If you would like to learn more about Uechi-Ryu/Shohei-Ryu Karate, or if you want to find people to train with, please contact me. I am the head karate instructor for the Meriden Martial Arts Club.
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1 Response to Dumpster UBE Machine

  1. Sam says:

    Maybe I should pick up a keg, though they are expensive as they are very clean and well sealed vessels, except for the busted ones I guess. Old heavy iron brake discs can make for some interesting weights to use while having various grips on them(know that from working with them in the shop), and you can request the old ones from your own car or truck if you are going in to have them replaced and get them for free as required by law. If you have ever seen METRX Worlds Strongest man you know that getting an old heavy equipment tire for flipping around the yard will give you quite a whole body workout. In fact I would recommend watching the METRX Worlds Strongest Man competition to see all the neat things they repurpose for use in the competition, and it is always fun to root for every one of those guys, they train their butts off to be able to do seemingly superhuman feats of strength.

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