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How to lift heavy things for free?

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Created June 10, 2012 at 5:33 AM

I want to lift heavy things, press heavy things, move heavy things. I also have a very limited budget and live in NYC. Any suggestions/inspiration/ideas for free/cheap/DIY heavy thing activities and/or regimens that can be done outside/in a small amount of space?

F8f38dfefde197df8ac1782ab6e65a60

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on June 13, 2012
at 01:47 AM

Yeah i know ha ha. I used to do mine at a park but now in privacy! It is true, some of the best $20 you can spend on fitness, its so convenient .

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on June 10, 2012
at 04:53 PM

I so did this when I was out of work for a while. Manual labor will certainly result in some positive strength/muscle gains. Just be sure to bring some food/water along with you and be prepared to sweat up a storm in this weather.

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on June 10, 2012
at 04:34 PM

This was going to be my suggestion too--improve your body and your wallet by working in your off hours as a mover!!!

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on June 10, 2012
at 04:29 PM

Yeah, I think I need to get over the fact that I may look/feel foolish for a while. If you see a girl desperately tossing a kettleball around, please introduce yourself!

Bd271299b2d4d9b2e3da9c252fef058c

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on June 10, 2012
at 04:26 PM

Thanks everybody! It suddenly seems much more do-able... I think I'll start with Al Kavaldo's body weight regimen and turn to DIY sandbags/medicine balls anon. Musclz hooah!

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on June 10, 2012
at 01:15 PM

+1 for lugging kettlebells into central park! I do that too :)

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on June 10, 2012
at 01:06 PM

Yeah I'm in Brooklyn but I see folks doing the same thing all the time. Tons of people workout on the street around here.

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on June 10, 2012
at 01:05 PM

Excellent recommendation. I herniated my L4/5 and during three months of recovery all I did was pull ups with a no-screw bar I ordered off amazon for like 29$. Best $29 I spent in a while. Nice being able to work the pull up in private since it sometimes gets embarrassing failing to do many in front of masses of people

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on June 10, 2012
at 05:50 AM

I was going to say you could come here and haul my groceries for me...

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on June 10, 2012
at 10:26 AM

Get on craigslist, and you'll find lots of ads from people looking for help to move heavy things (e.g., furniture, piano, etc). You might even be able to make a buck or two while you're at it. Just shy away from the ones that pay in pizza instead of money.

Only concern is perhaps this might often end up being more aerobic than anaerobic, but maybe in a big city there would be enough to choose from that you could be picky.

892d177f50b16f118152219229870e4e

(776)

on June 10, 2012
at 04:53 PM

I so did this when I was out of work for a while. Manual labor will certainly result in some positive strength/muscle gains. Just be sure to bring some food/water along with you and be prepared to sweat up a storm in this weather.

Ca1150430b1904659742ce2cad621c7d

(12540)

on June 10, 2012
at 04:34 PM

This was going to be my suggestion too--improve your body and your wallet by working in your off hours as a mover!!!

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on June 10, 2012
at 08:26 AM

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread34079.html D.I.Y medicine Balls.

Buy 2 20 litre water containers (flat low style ones, not tall jerry can ones) fill them with water and do squats with them.

Lift children if have them. (you are playing and working out ot the same time)

Where in NYC? if you are near Tompkins square park, they have great bars to work out on, its where Al Kavadlo trains and shoots his tutorials. http://www.alkavadlo.com/

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617c8dea1732cdda4699a04ae7de617d

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on June 10, 2012
at 06:04 AM

I workout in Central Park all the time with a jump rope and use a bench for step ups and dips. Sometimes I bring my kettlebell or medicine ball as well.

D826ee7c5f65d509348f7fe8aeeafdd4

(368)

on June 10, 2012
at 01:15 PM

+1 for lugging kettlebells into central park! I do that too :)

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 10, 2012
at 01:06 PM

Yeah I'm in Brooklyn but I see folks doing the same thing all the time. Tons of people workout on the street around here.

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on June 10, 2012
at 11:23 AM

You could fill an old duffle bag with smaller garbage bags filled with sand for a DIY sand bag. It's a good idea to double or triple bag the sand and secure the bags with some duct tape for extra reinforcement. Changing the weight of the bag is easy by adding or removing bags. There are lots of examples of sandbag workouts if you google them.

You can also do body weight exercises wearing a backpack filled with books, weights or sandbags.

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F8f38dfefde197df8ac1782ab6e65a60

on June 10, 2012
at 07:52 AM

You can get a door pull up bar for like $20, then just do some push ups etc

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 10, 2012
at 01:05 PM

Excellent recommendation. I herniated my L4/5 and during three months of recovery all I did was pull ups with a no-screw bar I ordered off amazon for like 29$. Best $29 I spent in a while. Nice being able to work the pull up in private since it sometimes gets embarrassing failing to do many in front of masses of people

F8f38dfefde197df8ac1782ab6e65a60

(220)

on June 13, 2012
at 01:47 AM

Yeah i know ha ha. I used to do mine at a park but now in privacy! It is true, some of the best $20 you can spend on fitness, its so convenient .

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on June 10, 2012
at 02:38 PM

Check out Al Kavadlo's website.

Lots of free videos showing Al & his buff bro working out outside in parks & on the streets all over NYC!

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535fafe8afe6923870905c707c4f4454

on June 10, 2012
at 06:17 AM

If you can find an overhanging ledge or a good tree branch or some play equipment in a park - pull-ups are king! You get to lift your full body weight and it's a pretty natural movement (pulling yourself up over obstacles)

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1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

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on June 10, 2012
at 05:56 AM

Body weight exercises such as burpees.

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667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on June 10, 2012
at 12:30 PM

I'm in NYC, too. I've found the YMCA is the cheapest, though perhaps still too much for you. No one uses the squat rack there.

For actually lifting heavy things you're screwed if you don't become a member of a gym.

Of course we're surrounded by parks here so you can do calisthenics and bodyweight stuff all day. I don't know if it's going to have the same benefits of actually lifting heavy things, but you'll still at least stay fit, prolly even get stronger.

You might invest in a kettlebell. With that, though I find it becomes a pain to actually travel around with it, you could go to a park and play with it like mad, dropping it right in the grass when you have to.

Bd271299b2d4d9b2e3da9c252fef058c

(2854)

on June 10, 2012
at 04:29 PM

Yeah, I think I need to get over the fact that I may look/feel foolish for a while. If you see a girl desperately tossing a kettleball around, please introduce yourself!

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6a26f2ca2cd1c5c5afcda9276b309a9c

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on June 10, 2012
at 06:19 AM

I agree with body weight exercises. I read convict conditioning and was very impressed. I've been doing that program since then.

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617c8dea1732cdda4699a04ae7de617d

(30)

on June 10, 2012
at 05:59 AM

why not use your own body? body weight exercises or lift phone books?

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