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Heavy lifting at home?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 11, 2013 at 8:32 PM

Since lately I haven't been able to hit the gym as much as i would like to, I was wondering if there were any inexpensive heavy lifting ideas I could do at home. I have sets of 3, 5, and 8 lb Barbie-bells but those don't cut the mustard. What do you suggest I use inetead that would be heavier and that I could do at home?

5f678ffff153bfc8a17ac1ee438c054f

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on April 12, 2013
at 06:23 AM

Yeah! Just use a lot of heavy duty gorilla tape, so the ball won't burst!

33266cca338ab54cee9a2aa160f5bdb6

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on April 12, 2013
at 01:31 AM

The duffel bag works great, I bought a strong army bag($15) from the army surplus store and filled it with sand from a beach.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on April 11, 2013
at 10:16 PM

ooh, i like the basketball idea! we have a bunch of dead balls around here that need a new life...

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on April 11, 2013
at 09:45 PM

If you bump it up to the $50-$70 level, you can get a 30-40lb dumbbell kit with plates. The nice thing with the standard plates (and associated dumbbell bars or barbell bars) is that you can grow your set as you get more fit. :-)

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5f678ffff153bfc8a17ac1ee438c054f

on April 11, 2013
at 10:03 PM

You can definitely fill a duffle bag with sand and do some sandbag cleans and squats. Also, you can get a basketball, cut into it, fill it with sand, and use that just like a medicine ball.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on April 11, 2013
at 10:16 PM

ooh, i like the basketball idea! we have a bunch of dead balls around here that need a new life...

5f678ffff153bfc8a17ac1ee438c054f

(1405)

on April 12, 2013
at 06:23 AM

Yeah! Just use a lot of heavy duty gorilla tape, so the ball won't burst!

33266cca338ab54cee9a2aa160f5bdb6

(502)

on April 12, 2013
at 01:31 AM

The duffel bag works great, I bought a strong army bag($15) from the army surplus store and filled it with sand from a beach.

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6864d23c49952605b2a97d6256af804d

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on April 11, 2013
at 08:40 PM

If you're not into push ups, pull ups, handstand push ups, dips, or doing deadlifts using the rear bumper of a car (ideally not yours), then you can probably find a decent olympic weight set on Craigslist relatively inexpensively.

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32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on April 11, 2013
at 09:10 PM

You can pick up a kettlebell pretty cheap (25lb is $35 at walmart), or even just a weight lifting plate (25lb is $29 at walmart). (I've been thinking of getting a plate myself, just to slide under the couch and have handy.) Kettlebell you can do kb swings, squats, snatches, turkish getup, etc. With the plate you can do squats, thrusters, lunges, etc. Just get on youtube and google "kettlebell" or "weight plate."

If you are looking to not purchase anything, you could use a small child for some of these. :) Or a bag of sand. Jugs of water. Bags of salt.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19160)

on April 11, 2013
at 09:45 PM

If you bump it up to the $50-$70 level, you can get a 30-40lb dumbbell kit with plates. The nice thing with the standard plates (and associated dumbbell bars or barbell bars) is that you can grow your set as you get more fit. :-)

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