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How to Work Out at Home WITHOUT a Home Gym Using These 5 Things...

Posted by on Jan. 16, 2014 at 9:59 AM
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5 Things Around the House That REALLY Give You a Good Workout 

by Carly Pizzani

woman doing yoga in living roomHow much does a can of soup weigh? Not enough for it to be a valuable at-home weightlifting prop. Any can in your cupboard is going to be somewhere between 10 and 18 ounces, so you would be roughly lifting a pound. Now, you know I’m not the biggest fan of Tracy Anderson’s style of training, but even she recommends lifting at least three pounds

So forget all those articles you’ve seen on how you can use soup cans or water bottles as weights for your workout in your own living room. Here instead are some household objects that are heavy enough to get a good workout done in your own living room!

Vacuum Cleaner

The average vacuum cleaner weighs somewhere between 12 and 20 pounds. While it might not work for really heavy lifting, your vacuum is a great prop to hold for adding weight to squats or front raises with your arms if you really want a shoulder workout!

A Box of Books

Don't lift just one book -- lift a whole box of them! We all know that moving is hard work. All those boxes are no fun, and you generally feel pretty sore the day after moving, thanks to the box workout! Re-create the experience by packing a moving box with heavy books. You can find one with handles to make picking it up less awkward. Hold the box and do squats, deadlifts, lunges, or step-ups (if you have stairs in your home).

Your Couch

I’m not suggesting you do a strong-man style workout and try to carry a couch on your back. But you can use your couch as a lever weight. Squat down next to one end of the couch, your fingers curled under the end, then lift as you stand up. Take your time lowering back down and ensure you’re using your legs rather than your back for the lift.

Backpack

Backpacks are designed to hold heavy weights, so grab one and load it up with whatever you have around that will add weight. More than ONE soup can is just one idea for you! You can either wear it on your back or your front to do some basic strength training moves in your living room.

Your Child!

Kids make awesome weights. Not only do they just get heavier, they usually think it’s fun to be lifted and swung about! Here’s where your upper body will really benefit, since your little one is the perfect way to get a bench press, overhead press, or mimic a kettlebell swing.

Do you work out at home?

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ceciliam
by Cecilia on Jan. 16, 2014 at 10:48 AM

I do work-out at home.

Some of these are good suggestions but some are not so smart. The vacuum cleaner and couch one I would probably not try because risk of injury is more possible. I couldn't use my vacuum cleaner because it is big and awkward and would just get in the way of proper form, which is very important to avoid injury...same goes for lifting a couch, it would be hard to maintain proper form.

Bmat
by Barb on Jan. 16, 2014 at 3:56 PM

I do. I haven't used these items though. Canned food make easy to hold and good weights. Also bags of beans or rice will fit nicely over the ankle to use as leg weights.

AM-BRAT
by Amber on Jan. 16, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Lol interesting.

I wouldn't do any of these. 

I AM a huge supporter of at home workouts and have been doing them a long time. I hate to leave my house to wo, pay the gym to watch my kids, I end up yappin instead of wo, etc.

I have found tons of variety and success in home wo's and love them.  :) 

This stuff though, just- no. 

emarin77
by Silver Member on Jan. 16, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Yes, I use hand weights 6-8 lbs and bands that I purchased from Target and a hand cycle I purchased from Amazon.  I also walk with my walker.  When my son was a baby I used him as a weight when lifting.

godsgirl26
by Silver Member on Jan. 16, 2014 at 5:46 PM
Yes I do Taebo if that counts lol.
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godsgirl26
by Silver Member on Jan. 16, 2014 at 5:47 PM
Thank for reminding me to get some weights. Everytime I go into target I always come out with everything else but weights lol.

Quoting emarin77:

Yes, I use hand weights 6-8 lbs and bands that I purchased from Target and a hand cycle I purchased from Amazon.  I also walk with my walker.  When my son was a baby I used him as a weight when lifting.

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emarin77
by Silver Member on Jan. 16, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Your welcome. Write it down on your shopping list! 

Quoting godsgirl26: Thank for reminding me to get some weights. Everytime I go into target I always come out with everything else but weights lol.

Quoting emarin77:

Yes, I use hand weights 6-8 lbs and bands that I purchased from Target and a hand cycle I purchased from Amazon.  I also walk with my walker.  When my son was a baby I used him as a weight when lifting.

 

Spoiled_Blonde
by Bronze Member on Jan. 16, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Yes, I do. But I have a home gym... Honestly those all sound pretty pathetic... You need to make sure you have proper form with any exercise you do. And most of those would be way to awkward to have proper form..

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