I recently had a client come to me that
didn't have a lot of money to spend, didn't have access to a gym,
but really wanted to get back into weight training at home.
Well, if you've been reading my newsletter for a while, or checked
out my website, that's right up my ally!
The program that I put together for
her included a circuit of bodyweight exercises, mixed in with
dumbbell/kettlebell type exercises. I didn't expect her to go
out and pick up a bunch of dumbbells or kettlebells, but I did want
her to understand how important the function of the equipment is, as
opposed to the price.
So when my client showed up for her
first workout, here is one of the dumbbells that I had her workout
What? Cheezy? Hey, 15 lbs
is still 15 lbs! You don't have to spend a lot of cash if you
don't have a lot of cash. Just take a simple gallon jug like
this one, add some pea gravel, sand, and/or water, and you have a
homemade "jug bell". I also recommend a little duct tape to
secure the cap to the jug... especially if you are using water.
I like the Tropicana 1 gallon jug... it is sturdy enough with a nice
grip, but I'm sure that you can find some alternatives that work for
Here are a few exercise examples to
try out with your jug bell...
Jug Bell Swings
1 Arm Rows
Of course, 2 jug bells are better
than one if you'd like to add some lateral raises, hammer curls,
rear delts, or plenty of other 2 handed exercises.
So in conclusion, feel free to spend
the money if you have it, but don't let the cost of equipment be
among the list of your excuses for why you can't start TODAY!