Previously, I talked about 5 gym equipment you should invest in for your home workouts. It’s a lengthy list, but I sure hope you learned something from it! If you haven’t read it yet, you can check it out here. Now you might be looking at it and shaking your head. “No, that’s not what I really need. Any other options for me?” Well, you’re in luck because I do.
While those are already the most basic gym equipment you can get, you still might not be satisfied. I take the challenge.
While I know you can always work out at home, I know there are also limits to buying gym equipment. Let me write down the reasons I can think of right now:
- Tight budget (some equipment can be expensive, true)
- Can’t find the time yet (I can’t buy until this weekend, but I want to workout, so what can I use NOW?)
- Can’t find the right weight for you (some stores sell a limited number of weights and in weird weight intervals)
If you have any of these reasons right now, then hold on, because there’s still a way. This might sound corny but you can actually use household things to do your workout. “No way!” Uhm, actually it’s a yes way! So, yeah, let me count the ways.
You don’t need a stair climber to do your cardio. You really don’t. In fact, you only need your body. But if your house has stairs, then take advantage of that. Even one step higher can be of help already! You know, when the floor is not level and you have to step one stair up to get to the other room? It sort of requires a “step up” movement? I’m talking about that. Do alternating steps for 20-30 minutes and that’s considered cardio.
For the stairs, you can walk back and forth a couple of times, rest for 1 minute, and get back to it again. The recommended time for cardio is 20 to 30 minutes. If walking up one flight of stairs is enough to have you heaving and puffing, imagine what 20 minutes straight of stair climbing can do!
Feel like challenging yourself? Go jog! Or carry a sack of rice on your back while at it. I did that before and I tell you, it’s no joke. I was carrying probably 1/3 of my own weight and running, not walking, four flights of stairs non-stop. Of course, if you’re planning to do something this extreme, just 3-4 sets would do. You have to jog/walk up and down the stairs for ONE SET. Going just up or down is only HALF of one set. Don’t cheat!
Take a 1.5-liter bottle, fill it with water or until you feel it’s heavy enough, and start lifting. It can be as simple as that. If you’re not very meticulous with your workout equipment (read: You don’t need a pink dumbbell), and you just really want to sweat it off, then this should do. Not comfortable with something that big? Go lighter. Find a water bottle that fits in your hand nicely. Your grip should be the least of your worries while working out; you should be focusing on your form and performance! Water not enough? Put sand in your water bottle instead!
Try this: Easy Workout At Home With Water Bottles
No, we’re not going to hit anyone. We’re also not going to spank a random child for misbehaving. This is still for your home workout. You can use a thin PVC pipe to mimic a barbell. Use this PVC pipe to do your squats or to stretch your back. To do this, put the pipe on your shoulder, stretch out your arms, hold the ends, and then start stretching side to side. I always see people in my gym do this before working out. You can also do this at home. You can even attach weighted objects (like cans) on both ends of the pipe to have a DIY barbell.
I love, love, love working with tires just because they’re really challenging. I love challenges when it comes to testing my physical strength. I like pushing beyond the boundaries I set in my head and seeing how actually more capable I am.
There are so many exercises you can do with a tire. One popular move is the Tire Flip. Basically, you just flip it back and forth for a number of times, say 10 times, per set and do 3-4 sets in total. You can also do something more strenuous. For example, double-jump over the tire (once inside and once outside towards the other side), and pull the tire towards you TWICE.
Related: Finding The Right Tire For You
Before you pull, do a backward frog jump to put enough space between you and the tire, and then pull. This exercise poses a mix of cardio and strength training. You can also literally pull a tire with a rope, which you can do in a number of ways. 1) Pull forward (face away from the tire), 2) Pull backward (facing the tire), and 3) Pull while doing bear crawls on the floor.
There are loads more movements you can incorporate with a tire – you just need to be resourceful!
Try this: 13 Tire-Based Exercises
Any Hard, Low Bench
Have any low bench in your house? Then start doing those inclined push ups or triceps dips! You only need a stable surface and your body for exercises like these so any hard bench would do. Emphasize on “low” because this is the ideal height for gym exercises. If you have a dumbbell or kettlebell lying around, you can do so much more when you pair it with your bench. You can do back rows, triceps kickbacks, bicep curls, triceps overhead extension, and any other exercise that involves sitting or kneeling on a low bench.
And that ends my list. 🙂 As usual, I hope you learned something from this blog post. I like talking about fitness in general, but do make your own research for better material and knowledge. These are only personal stuff I share with you and I’m not an expert in any way.
What about you: Do you have any gym equipment alternative you’d like to share?
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