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1/22/10 9:57 A

I agree with the recommendation to buy resistance bands. You can find them for cheap at any Walmart, Target, Sears or even TJ Maxx. they do provide a good strength training workout.

Other options for home exercise include shoveling. Shoveling snow is an excellent full body workout. and goodness knows, plenty of areas of the US are covered in snow. I can't tell you how much of a workout I get trying to hack away ice from the sidewalk.

Now, if you are looking for weights, 5-10 pound bags of potatoes work great. Do you have a set of stairs ? Carry a bag or two of potatoes up and down the stairs a few times. great workout.

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1/22/10 9:31 A

I have soup cans in my desk drawer at work that I use

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1/22/10 9:19 A

I use the bands toobut u can use soup cans

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1/22/10 8:04 A

I've gotten a great work out using a sledgehammer.

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1/22/10 7:54 A

I like resistance bands for use at home, but also keep in mind there are exercises you can do simply using your own body weight as resistance. Pushups can be done in a number of configurations just by changing your hand placement or elevating your feet. You can also do dips, squats, or lunges which are all great exercises.

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1/22/10 7:53 A

I like resistance bands for use at home, but also keep in mind there are exercises you can do simply using your own body weight as resistance. Pushups can be done in a number of configurations just by changing your hand placement or elevating your feet. You can also do dips, squats, or lunges which are all great exercises.

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1/22/10 7:44 A

Gallon jugs, detergent, two liter bottles, soup cans, broom, small kids, any thing that adds resistance or difficulty to the exercise.

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1/21/10 10:59 P

I have used 2-cans of chilli beans for dumbells

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1/21/10 10:55 P

I use a length of broom stick with 2 hooks. I have a barrow of sand outside I have two buckets..
I now have a weight bar. If I put the 4 cm round bar across my kitchen boards I can do supine pull ups..
I used detergent bottles with comfortable handles with sand in them. I weighted them out on my bathroom scales.. I have dumbbells in different weights until I purchased a set with removeable discs.. I now can purchase more discs..
I have a flat peice of stone in my back yard to do step ups and a mini stepper that can be pushed under my sofa chair.. I use a exercise ball and my lounge chair as a comfortable workout bench to do reverse crunches.. I have a old piece of rubber mattress to do sit ups on..
All these things except the stone- can be popped under my bed or my sons bed or away without being fallen over.. I live in a 73m2 appartment..
Later I will be investing in some pulleys and heavy cord- I saw on the internet some smart ways to make cable machines for no huge money at all.. I googled this on the internet- I can hang it up on the hooks in my shed and pack it away again within 5 minutes..

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1/21/10 7:38 P

I bought a set of free weight at GNC a couple of years ago. It is one set of dumbbells, and then you have additional weights that you add via a sliding peg. The weights allow you to go up in increments without buying whole new sets each time. It's called a Reebok Speed Pak 25. I really enjoy using them and they are easy to adjust! emoticon

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1/21/10 7:28 P

I agree bands are a great investment for minimal $. If you are dying to get started right awat, like tonight and can't even wait for Target to open tomorrow, almost anything will work. My first "weights" were marble bookends way back when I used to exercise in my bedroom when I was 14.

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1/21/10 7:19 P


Have you consider investing in resistance bands? These offer great strength training options without the space requirements of weights, not to mention Coach Nicole has lots of exercise demonstrations in the fitness center. Just a thought...


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1/21/10 7:17 P

Soup cans are common items, and a good place to start while you learn the correct form. But generally they will be too light for effective resistance for anything after a week or two (except perhaps for tougher exercises after

Milk jugs are a good idea, as their handles make them easier to hold (and you can 'adjust' the weight by how much water you put in them).

But once you get beyond milk jugs, you probably need to be thinking about regular weights. Water and sand are just not dense enough to provide a challenging weight while keeping the size of the object small enough to manage and grip securely.

One very cheap form of strength training equipment is resistance bands - $10-15 and extremely versatile.


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1/21/10 6:49 P

You can use cans of spaghetti sauce (or something else) for 2-lb weights that are primarily just for toning. Getting above that is trickier, and depends what kinds of exercises you're doing. Milk cartons have handles that help, but watch out for your wrists depending on the movement you're doing. Explore your pantry! Also, if you can find any bricks, I've heard of getting an old (big) sock and putting it over the brick so it doesn't irritate your skin or leave any dust in the house.

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1/21/10 6:37 P

a five pound bag of sugar or flour. you could find a decently small sized box, and fill it with rocks! thatd be cool cuz you can start off with less and add more and more

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1/21/10 6:23 P

I remember when I was younger hearing people (it might have come up when I did cheerleading actually? Not sure) talk about using soup cans as weights. But those really don't offer much resistance. Gallong of milk maybe? I'm not really sure of many things that would weight enough but also be easy to hold.
Though buying some weights at meijer or something really aren't that expensive.

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1/21/10 5:52 P

I don't want to spend money on buying weights, I was wondering if anyone could recommend any household items that could be used instead?

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