Strength Training at Home with Homemade Gym Equipment

Gyms around the nation are closing in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

If you’re sitting at home wondering how you can remain active and get your daily workout in without access to your local gym, I’m here to tell you that it is possible.

It’s going to take a little bit of creativity, but I know you’re up to the challenge.

Your first question is going to be:

What activities can I do?

A lot of gyms have stepped up and provided their members with free access to workouts on their apps.

Anytime Fitness, for example, has an app that is loaded with bodyweight training workouts, cardio workouts, picture-by-picture yoga workouts and the list goes on and on. If you are an active member at an Anytime Fitness you can download the app today for free. Access to the app comes with your membership.

But if you’re not a member of Anytime Fitness, there are a ton of apps that are temporarily making their workouts free. It’s worth your time to do some searching to find something that will work for you. Which brings me to your next question.

Where do I work out?

It could be your living room. It could be your rooftop deck (oh, so fancy! If you do, send me your pics. I’d love to see your view. I bet it beats the view inside your gym ANY DAY OF THE WEEK.). It could be your basement. Find space somewhere in your home today that will become your new designated workout area.

If you’re like me, you head to your garage gym. If you’re interested in transforming your garage or even a portion of your garage into a gym, I show you how I did it in an earlier post.

What about equipment?

Another reason you may be hesitant to work out at home is because you feel like you don’t have the right equipment. You might not have a set of dumbbells at home. You probably don’t have an elliptical gathering dust in your garage.

But you might have a jump rope buried in a closet somewhere. You could fill a water bottle with water and use that as a dumbbell substitute.

For more of a challenge you could take an empty jug of milk, fill it with water and use it as a dumbbell.  If you have a duffel bag, throw in a bunch of blankets and books and you can use that as a dumbbell substitute too.

Check out the images below to see my homemade gym equipment in action. That’s me in my garage gym using a filled water bottle to do lateral raises. I also took a photo of me using a weighted duffel bag to do single arm rows. And yes, those are empty storage containers that I’m bracing myself on because I didn’t have a spare chair. Be creative!

On that note, if you do have a spare chair that is a great tool to use for step-ups. You don’t need a fancy box. A stable chair will do the trick.

In a time when there is so much anxiety, I know the calm and comfort that my workout brings me will transfer into the rest of my day.

In a world where a lot of our common activities have been disrupted, it gives me a small amount of peace to know that I can still engage in something familiar. Even if that means I have to be a little bit creative to get the job done. You can do it too!

My hope is that this post has given you the motivation you need to workout today. Our gyms may be closed, but that does not need to stop us from being active.

Right now it is normal to feel an increased sense of isolation. We’re learning to put into practice new terms, like social distancing and some of us are discovering what it means to self-quarantine to protect themselves, family members, friends and their community.

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