Hey there, Vic here and I trust your diet and training are going well. Whether you go to the gym or train at home, there are plenty of ways to get in a great fat burning workout. The truth is that you don’t need any equipment to get into great shape. But sometimes having a few tools at hand can make your workouts more fun. But you don’t need to go out and purchase expensive equipment. When I was in the Army, we used what ever was close at hand for fitness equipment. Sometimes that meant sandbags, or five gallon water canisters, or my personal favorite – heavy ammo cans. Now I’m guessing that most of you don’t have cans of ammo laying around your house… so instead, here are five ordinary items that can be used as fitness equipment.
1. Back pack. If those push ups, pull ups, and bodyweight squats are getting too easy, grab a back pack and load it up! You can also hold the back pack for added resistance like in the picture below. The great thing about using a back pack is that you can adjust the weight so that as you get stronger, you can add more weight. Depending on the back pack, you may want to line the side that will be on your back with a towel or other soft material. But after that, load it up with whatever you have on hand that will provide appropriate resistance. Books, canned food, shoes, or what ever else is around will work just fine.
2. Sturdy chair or low table. A sturdy coffee table can be great for step ups. A solid chair works for either increasing the difficulty of the push up (place your feet on the chair) or making the push up easier (place your hands on the chair). What ever you use, be sure that it is stable enough to safely support your weight. Just don’t be like Coda and get lazy on your exercise furniture.
3. Copy paper box. The copy paper box can be cumbersome and awkward to work with – and that’s a good thing. Don’t use the handles, as they will most likely rip. Instead, grab the box from the underside as you lift it. My favorite exercise with the copy paper box is the clean and press. And like the back pack, you can adjust the weight; just remove or add paper reams to make the box your desired weight.
4. Sledgehammer. Ok, you might not want to use this in your living room. But if you have a space outside, sledgehammer swings are great for cranking that heart rate and developing core strength. It’s best if you have an old tire to slam the sledgehammer into, but some soft earth can also work. Start with intervals of 30 seconds of work followed by 30 seconds of rest and see how long you can go. Be sure to switch sides with each work interval.
5. Water Jug. A gallon of water weighs about eight and a half pounds. That may not sound like a lot of weight, but many of you will find it useful for lunges (hold a jug in each hand), goblet squats, and even over head presses.
Having access to a gym full of equipment can be nice, but it is not necessary. If you want to supplement your home workout routine with some equipment but don’t want to acquire any more “stuff”, take a look around and get a little creative with ordinary household items.
What are some other ordinary household items that can be used as fitness equipment? Do you personally use any items around the house for your workouts? Let me know in the comments below.
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