How to Find Speed Equipment for Football for Cheap


Today I’m going to talk about how you can find speed equipment for football for cheap.
Or free.

Devin Hester ran an impressive 4.27 in the 40 yard dash at his pro day in 2006. (ICON Sports)

I’ve found that a lot of guys feel like they can’t afford all of the stuff they need, when in actuality that isn’t always true.
Here are some things you can get for cheap, or even free.


Tractor Tires

If you Google “(your city) tireyard” or something like that, you should be able to find some tire and junk yards in your area.

Call them, and see if they have any tractor tires they want to get rid of.

The tires I’m talking about are often used for sledgehammer conditioning training (where you beat the hell out of it with a sledgehammer) or for tire-flipping conditioning drill.

You probably can’t find these at regular tire stores.

You might also want to check with places that deal with tractor trailers.

If you live in, or close to a rural area, you might even find a farmer that has one he doesn’t want or something.


Homemade Speed Ladder

If you’re going to be doing ladder drills on a hard surface, you can just make the pattern of a speed latter out of duct tape right there on the floor and leave it there.

Speed ladders are easy and inexpensive to make.

If you’re going to be doing it on grass or on field turf or something, you can stilluse duct tape for the sides of the ladder, and just get some small PVC pipe to lay across it to make the “rungs” in the ladder.

It’s pretty easy to make, actually.

Just roll out the left and right sides of duct tape out so they’re parallel to one another (sticky side up), then you lay the PVC pipe down onto the sticky sides of the tape, to make the rungs.

From there, you can just lay out another layer of duct tape that runs across both sides of the ladder (sticky side down) to lock the PVC pipes in place.


Homemade Speed Sled

I used one of these to train during one of my college off seasons.

I just went to Discount Tire and asked them if they had any used tires I could grab.

They led me to this big pile of used tires in back of the store, and told me to have at it.

Once you get the tire, just get yourself a chain and a strap (a tow rope works wonders) to use as a harness to go around your waist, and wa-lah.



The training ropes are expensive as all get out.  I’ve seen ’em priced from $100 up to $400.


If you plan on including rope training in your workout, you might be able to find extra rope at your local marina.

I’ve also heard of people using used fire hoses, too.  If you wanna go that route, you might wanna contact a local firefighter station or something.


Cheap Kettlebells

I’ve seen kettlebells at pretty cheap prices at WalMart, but they’re of a lesser quality.

If you’re going to be doing some serious training over a long period of time, you may not want to mess with the ones at WalMart, because you’ll probably end up needing to buy some new ones sooner than later.


Homemade Kettlebells

You can also make your own kettlebells made out of dumbbells.

The video below shows you how:



If you’re looking for kegs to train with, reach out to some party stores, beer distributors, restaurants, and bars,  and see if they have any kegs that they want to get rid of or aren’t using.

You might be able to find some for free that way.

If you need more info on how to fill the kegs for training, just search on Google, and you should find plenty of information.


Gym Plates

If you’re willing to search around, you can find a lot of plates at Play It Again Sports and places like that that buy-back and sell used sports equipment.



Most trainers that train for football have their athletes use bands or chains on the barbells when they do lifts like squats and bench presses.

The chains are used to help you build speed.

As you raise the barbell higher in the air, the amount of resistance increases.

You can find chains all over the place.

One good place is a boat yard.

Training ropes are expensive to buy retail, but you can find them for free if you’re willing to search.

Don’t be fooled into thinking you need a special chain for training.  The only thing that matters, is that it’s heavy enough and long enough.


Weight Trees

You can search on Craigslist, or even search around your area for gyms that might be going out of business, and see if they want to just give one away.

Or you could use old barbell poles that you can find for free or cheap on Craigslist, and have a local welder make a tree for you to put your plates on.


Gym Mats

Shout out to Elliott Hulse for putting me up on this tip.

You don’t need “professional floor mats” for your gym.

You can just go to one of the Tractor supply stores, or go to a place that sells farm equipment, and buy horse stall mats, which are  rugged and save you a ton of money.


Plyometric Boxes

If you pay for a “plyometric box” from a retailer, it must be because you just don’t feel like making one.

Plyo boxes can definitely be made yourself; or you could always pay someone to make one for you.


Speed Harness

I’ve seen speed harnesses on eBay for as low as $20.

Actually I just checked and saw one for $19.95 with free shipping.

These aren’t very expensive, actually, even if you buy one retail.

I don’t know if you can buy them together, but you’ll need the cord too, and I’ve seen them on Amazon for as low as $20 or so.


Dot Drill Mat

I used to do the dot drill as part of my warm up routine back in the day. It warms you up, AND it’s good for your footwork.

I’ve seen “dot drill mats” online for like $50 and more.

Buying one of these is an absolute waste of money.

Just get some damned duct tape and make five spots that resemble how the number “5” looks on dice, and you’re all set.

It’s damn near impossible to list all of the equipment you might need for your speed training, but I hope I was able to help you save some money.

Now you have NO excuse to not get out there and git’er done.

Related: How to Get a Faster 40 Time – Part One


Do you have any other tips on how to save money on training equipment? Leave a comment.

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