Matthew is conditioning for pee-wee football this week.
We're always looking for ways to help him train for sports. He's a hard worker and he loves the challenge of doing something new. He also wants to play in the NFL... for his first career.
One of the things we got for him is an RZ Trainer. It's a football with a long elastic cord attached to it. That cord attaches to a belt at the other end. When you're wearing the belt and you throw the ball, it bounces right back to you and you can practice fumble recoveries. It also forces you to throw harder to get the ball to bounce all the way back to you.
We've talked about getting him a running-resistance parachute. It is a small parachute that attaches to a belt and opens behind you as you run to provide some resistance. If you train with the chute on, you will be faster when you run without it on.
These parachutes run in the neighborhood of $40-$60 in the stores, so we didn't just jump up to buy one for a 9 year old. We were discussing that very thing when Hubby came up with an idea. What if we made a parachute and attached it to the belt for the RZ Trainer in place of the football?
I knew I had some rayon in my fabric stash, so I grabbed it. Hubby got some cording from the garage and we were in business!
We tied a length of cord to each of the 4 corners of the fabric, tied the 4 cords to a key ring and clipped the key ring onto the RZ Trainer. It worked just like the store-bought version for a fraction of the cost! I love this because we also get double duty out of the RZ Trainer that we already had!