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15 Household Items that Double as Gym Equipment

The second lockdown has again forced us to get creative with ways to sweat it out at home. With gyms closed and outside exercise permitted to an hour, don’t stress if you didn’t have time to stock up on weights or at-home gym equipment – you will be pleasantly surprised with home many household items can double as gym equipment. Does the classic phrase ‘no gym? No problem!’’ springs to mind? Well, that’s exactly what we are here to prove to you.

So it’s time to pump up that gym playlist and get the heart racing with there our top 15 household items that we found the best to work out with, they are so great that you may even consider cancelling your gym membership!

Hand Towel à  Slider

All you need for this one is two small hand towels so head to the linen closet and dig out an old pair. This exercise works best on a wood or tiled floor, place the towels under your hands or feet to increase the challenge of traditional abs moves like mountain climbers, knee tucks, and pikes.

Laundry Detergent à Kettle Bell

Think about it, when you’re brining in your grocery shopping chances are if you have purchased laundry detergent then those bags equal as weights as you walk from the car to the kitchen. Laundry detergent is the perfect weight and shape to create your own at-home kettle bell exercises including kettle bell swings, squats and so much more.


Chair à Tricep Dips

To perform a triceps dip, start by sitting on the chair, fingers wrapped around the edge of the seat (or leaning on the couch). Extend legs to form a straight line from ankles to hips and lift your torso about 20 centimetres in front of the chair. Slowly lower down until your elbows form a 90-degree angle, then press back to start for 1 rep. Repeat for desired reps.


Backpack à Weighted vest

This one is self-explanatory, find an old backpack and fill it with heavy items such as bricks, sand, or anything from your pantry. Start slow, walking around with the backpack and slowly move your way up to weighted squats, lunges or simply jog on the spot.


Bike pump à Tricep Strength

This one is a fun one, simply place two feet on the pump to keep it steady, then use your arms and core to inflate the tube. See how many you can do without stopping, we can guarantee you will feel sore for days after this one.


Rope à Suspension trainer

Check the shed for that old piece of rope you most likely have lying around. Tie a knot at both ends, find a sturdy tree branch, pole, or anything sturdy in your home, and sling one end of the rope over it. Use the rope to execute moves such as inverted rows or squats.


Soup Cans à Small Weights

Whether you’re a chicken noodle or minestrone fan, soup cans are the ideal size for small hand weights. Use them for low-weight, high-repetition movements such as biceps curl pulses, overhead triceps, and extensions to build upper body muscular endurance.


Basketball à Challenge your push-ups

We only recommend this one for those comfortable with their push up technique but grab a basketball (or any large ball) and challenge yourself. It’s important to start by executing a plank with both hands on the ball. . Then, lower down into a push-up and press back to starting position.


Laundry Basket à Deadlift

Put that laundry to good use and start standing with a micro bend in the knees. Send the hips back to lower down and grab the basket. Engage hamstrings and glutes to press hips forward back to start. Aim for 3 sets of 20 basket deadlifts and feel the burn.


Bag of flour or rice à Heavy Weight

We recommend this one to be an outside exercise to avoid the mess! Alternatively, place the bag of flour or rice in a Ziploc bag before you begin. Then use the heavy weight to make basic bodyweight moves such as squats and lunges more challenging.


Shovel à Unilateral training

Who would have thought that old rusted shovel will come in handy? This one targets all the good areas like your abs, obliques, transverse abdominals, and erector spinae). Grab your shovel and begin unilateral training in the comfort of your back yard.


Wooden Crate à Plyo Box

Flip a sturdy wooden crate upside down and make sure it’s large enough for plyometric work such as box jumps or step-ups. Make sure to test its sturdiness, first stand on top then perform small hops to make sure it can hold up underneath the impact.

Wooden Crate à Plyo Box  

Door frame à Better your burpee

Who else has a love/hate relationship with burpees? They are great for a full body workout. Add extra oomph to a standard burpee by jumping to tap the top of a doorframe between each rep, you will notice a difference in comparison to a standard burpee.


Couch à Glute Bridges

Your couch is your friend and it’s about to help make those glutes burn. Lie faceup on the floor and rest your heels on the edge of your couch. through the glutes and raise your hips, creating a straight line from shoulders to knees. Lower back to start for 1 rep. Repeat.


The Wall à Wall walks and sits

Feel the burn in your glutes and bring back the wall-sits that you used to do in sports class. There’s never been a better time than now to bring them back, challenge yourself to hold it for a minute, then work up for 30 more seconds every day. If you want to take it to the next step than hold something heavy such as a carton of milk of bag of rice.

Got kids? Keep them entertained and use them as a weight vest! We can guarantee they will make a game out of it which will keep them entertained. Alternatively, check out our DIY kid friendly boredom busters to keep the kids busy so you can work out in peace.

The Wall à Wall walks and sits