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Common Household Items You Can Use for Workout Weights

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Sarah Cook
March 18, 2020

If you get creative, any home can become a home gym. Instead of barbells, ropes and dumbbells, turn to every-day household items to add a little weight to your daily workouts. Here’s a handy list of items that you likely already have laying around! Pick these up and work up a sweat. 

Gallon of water or milk

Gallon of Water

Water and milk jugs are great because they have handles — making them easy to grip, curl and swing. These can work as makeshift dumbbells or kettle bells, great for swings and carries! (If you opt for milk, finish the contents before repurposing it so your milk doesn’t spoil! Then, rinse and fill the jug with water.)

Large bottle of laundry detergent

laundry detergent

Laundry detergent bottles can be great kettle bell alternatives. A 72-ounce bottle weighs about 5 pounds. Grab them by the handle and do some curls or use them for squats, overhead lunges and squat thrusters!

Backpack filled with books or cans

backpack

Do you remember lugging around what seemed like 20 pounds of books as a kid? The original weighted vest = a backpack! Fill a sturdy backpack with books or canned foods, strap it on your back and wear it around the house. Body weight exercises like squats, lunges and pushups will be extra tough! You can even take the backpack off and grasp the straps to perform curls, shoulder presses or makeshift kettle bell swings.​

Bag of pet food

bag of pet food

Yes, you read that right — pet food! The average bag of dog food weighs about 40 pounds. If you’re looking for something heftier to lug around, this is a great option. Just make sure it’s unopened!

Standard bag of potatoes

Bag of potatoes

Potatoes are not only great for getting in your daily carbs, they can also sub as some great workout weights! If you need something a little lighter, this is a great option.

Case of La Croix

La Croix

La Croix has been all the rage for several years now. Pick up a box of this colorful faux soda and get to lifting!

Heavy Book

books

Switch out the medicine ball for a book when doing Russian Twists or weighted sit-ups! 

Towel

Need a resistance band? Grab a towel! Roll it up and use it to stretch out your shoulders or anything else that needs a little TLC after your sweat session. 

Paint Cans

paint cans

Those paint cans you have piled high in your garage? They were made for farmer carries! Lift up those bad boys and walk them down your driveway or around the house. 

 

Looking to really ramp-up your home gym? Here are a few products that our coaches love!

All Purpose High Density Non-Slip Exercise Yoga Mat with Carrying Strap

AB Exercise Mat Core Trainer

Speed Jump Rope Tangle-Free with Ball Bearing

Solid Cast Iron Kettlebell

Resistance Loop Exercise Bands

Barbell Coated Dumbbell Weights with Padded Grip

 

Sarah Cook

Sarah oversees social media and internal communication for Iron Tribe Fitness. Her goal is to share the mission of Iron Tribe so others can be transformed by the program, and ultimately become the healthiest version of themselves.