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New product development: Part 1

So the first blog on here was going to be about the short history of Travail Fitness (why? when? ethos, mission etc) and that still going to happen, but probably best written when I haven't been at it all day in the workshop, which as it turns out segues nicely into todays topic, new product development.

We are pleased to announce that our Farmers Carry/Walks (can never decide on which is the best term for them) are all fabricated and ready for powder coating (as soon as our next batch of weighted vest plates gets in from the laser cutters, next week fingers crossed)

100 x 50 x 6mm box section

We started off with the strongest base possible, we want these to be the last pair you'll never have to buy (plus these are covered in our life time guarantee), for this we opted for 100mm x 50mm x 6mm box section which gives them enormous amount of strength! These can take a whopping 350kg/772lb each, easily!

Cutting the handle sections.

Once all the other parts were cut, we cap the ends (see above) on all of the box section, there's nothing worse than exposed box section on exercise equipment (come on guys that's just lazy!), the only open section on these are the round handles, and that's because the powder coaters need somewhere good and strong to hang them (these things are fairly heavy, but we'll touch on that later...) but in that case we have machined the edges both inside and out to give the best finish possible.

All the parts are then carefully assembled, checked, and then checked again for accuracy, coming from an aerospace background this has become second nature.

All our welding is to BS EN ISO 9606-1:2013 standard, just another reason we are so confident in our products, which means you can be too

We have 320mm of machined loadable section (same as an Olympic barbell) with an O.D of 48mm to allow clearance.

There's little finishing touches like a machined groove to let you know where the centre of gravity is and as you can see in the next photo, they are perfectly balanced

Yep, that's right, these are suspended in the air! Perfectly balanced (and 23.5kg/52lb, was aiming for 25kg/55lb so not bad for the first off, with some bigger end caps that will be easily achieved)

Handles are 15"/381mm high to comply with competition regulations (yes I know I'm holding the ruler a little wonky, it was late, and I didn't realize till I'd left the workshop)

We will also be offering a 12"/305mm version for those who like things a little harder.

They are also raised up 50mm from the floor to save you from inadvertently squashing your toes, or at least helping to limit it as much as possible...


Length: 1250mm/49"

Height: 425mm/16.7"

Handle height: 381mm/15"

Loadable collars: 320mm

Load rating: 350kg/772lb

Weight: 23.5kg/52lb (each)

So here you are, Travail Fitness heavyweight Farmers Walks/Carry's (a name will be decided on) are now officially in production, prices to follow shortly.

Also currently in production are plywood plyometric boxes, yokes and some of our bespoke gym storage solutions, so keep them peeled for incoming updates.

As always, thank you for your support!


Here's a short time lapse video of the fabrication and assembly