Did You Know You Could Switch Weights for These At Home Items?

Home workouts have been all the craze these days! The pandemic has restricted your gym access and has caused long waits and high prices on workout equipment. As a result, finding a way to stay in shape at home is of the utmost importance. Brad Perry from the Daily Mix on AZTV7 invited me on the show to share a few creative ideas for effective exercises that make use of items you might have around your house. 

Here are a few of the tips I shared:

  1. Use a 5-gallon water jug! Each gallon weighs ~8 pounds, so a 5-gallon water jug is ~40 pounds. Substitute this for all your heavier weight needs. You can do squats, lunges, overhead presses, rows, farmers carries, or RDL’s.
  2. Use a 1-gallon water jug. This is great for biceps curls, lateral raises, overhead triceps extensions, or even shoulder shrugs. 
  3. Fill a reusable grocery bag with cans. The best part about this method is the stronger you are the more cans you can add, thus making it truly customizable. Use this for bicep curls or lateral raises. You can even hold it in a goblet position to do squats, lunges, and deadlifts.
  4. A backpack filled with books is another great option. Again, use heavier books/objects as you get stronger over time. This is perfect for weighted pushups but you can also use it for squats, presses, rows, and more! 
  5. Resistance bands are a wonderful addition to your home equipment and they will come in handy at the gym too! They are inexpensive, available almost everywhere (think Walmart, Target, Amazon), and they take up very little space. These are so versatile, you can use them to train pretty much any part of the body!

A few points of interest in the video:

0:35 – 1:03 = Brad pokes fun at me for some of my more “creative” ideas.

1:47 – 2:07 = Demonstrations on using some common household items to work out.

2:16 – 2:36 = Funny banter between Brad and myself as I instructs him on using 1-gallon water jugs.

As you can see, with a little bit of creativity, you can still have a killer workout without buying expensive equipment or leaving your house. If you need a little help putting together an effective at-home workout program be sure to check out my customizable programs HERE. I filmed over 100 exercise videos that make use of cheap equipment and various household items that will keep you making gains even if you can’t make it to the gym. 

Make sure you watch the video embedded above or visit the Daily Mix website to watch the video HERE.

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