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3 & 5 Lb. Weights



Does anybody have any ideas of things around the house that might weigh 3 or 5 pounds to use for weights? I simply don't have the money to buy them and I want to keep up the regimen I started in PT. Thanks in advance. emoticon emoticon

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    A small bag of sugar also will work for 5 lbs. weight. Wrap in a plastic bag and make a handle using duct tape, to prevent any spills.

    Also check out Goodwill stores, etc... I found 3 lb weights there for $1. - by MFETTERS
  • JJ66_SP
    #1) One gallon of water weighs about 8&1/3 lbs. A one gallon jug filled with:
    5&3/4 cups of water = 2.98 lbs.
    9&3/4 cups of water = 5.06 lbs.
    but, depending on the exercise, it may be a bit uncomfortable to have the liquid sloshing around. It might be better to use a full 1/2 gallon (and unopened to help prevent any accidents).

    A 1/2 gallon of water is a little over 4 lbs. (close to 4 1/6 lbs.). Milk is a bit denser and heavier, one gallon is about 8.6 lbs. and a 1/2 gallon is almost 4&1/3 lbs.

    #2) As I typed the above, I thought of another idea, but I already typed it, so I'm leaving it. This idea is similar to KATPRIEBE's above, but instead of using cans, you can use raw rice or dry beans. Wrap in plastic bags, socks or both; you could even wrap the entire thing in duct tape and even make "handles" with the tape. - by JJ66_SP
  • I have found several hand weights at thrift stores (for a buck or two). Stop in!
    You never know what you might find... - by GOOSIEMOON
    I always assumed a gallon of milk weighed less than a pound since a pint of water weighs a pound and fat weighs less. Guess milk has enough dissolved solids to weight it down more than the fat makes it lighter. - by GIANT-STEPS
  • What I have to suggest if sort of like what has been mentioned only with slight variation. Instead of trying to make handles try this: Fill long tube sock with needed amount of dry rice or beans than add needed length of a wooden dalrod or cut off piece of a broom or mop handle...something that feels right when you grip it...and stick it inside down the center. Holding open end closed with one hand use other hand to squish rice approx. equal amounts to either side of hand to get a good tight "fit" and note where you need to knot the top of the sock. Rice will need to be moved back to the ends when ready to use each time, but still provide a good snug fit. If sock becomes streched out later just untie and retie the knot. - by CHOCOHOLICLADY
  • I use plastic water bottles that I fill to the max and recap. I weighed mine and they are a bit over 3 pounds. They work great as far as I'm concerned. - by FLORIDAGHOST
  • Cans of vegetables or tomato sauce. 16z = 1 pound. Add up the oz of the cans for what you need. Put in tube socks or double plastic bags. - by KATPRIEBE

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