Gyms have closed down to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Here, fitness expert Sam Wood reveals which everyday objects you can use for a fat-burning workout.
Whilst I can completely understand that there’s no real substitute for a fully functional gym, there are plenty of every day household objects that can be used to create an effective workout. You just have to get creative.
1. Wine Bottles
Social distancing might make you want to crack open a bottle of red more than usual but put the bottles to better use as a substitute for hand weights and prepare to curl that pinot!
Just be careful not to drop them.. or drink mid set.
2. Soup cans/tinned beans
Canned foods are the perfect substitute for hand weights. Feel the burn with high-reps of exercises like bicep curls, shoulder press, tricep kickbacks and hammer curls.
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3. A full backpack or carry-on suitcase
With travel plans out the window, put the bags to good use by doing all of your strength lifts with a packed backpack or carry on suitcase. Squats, deadlifts, pressed and even rows holding the handle can all be done with a backpack or roll on bag.
Chances are your couch will be getting quite the workout if you’re self-isolating so you may as well use it for a real workout too. Glute bridges, couch squats, tricep dips and decline push-ups can all be done with nothing but a couch.
5. Paper Plates
No sliders? No worries. Paper plates reduce the friction between the floor and your foot so a standard lunge can be made even more difficult if you slide forward into lunge and slide, slow and controlled to return to standing. They can also be used for mountain climbers, pikes, single leg knee tucks and single arm wheelbarrows- just to name a few! If these aren’t sturdy enough, go for a good Tupperware lid.
6. Coffee-table book
Russian twists, weighted sit-ups, leg lowers with book held above your head… put those books purposely bought for decoration to good use by incorporating them into your workout.
If you fall in love with home training like so many people do, of course it’s great to make a very small investment in some dumbbells and bands. But if you want to test out training at home with zero spend, these recommendations are a great place to start.
Sam Wood is a fitness expert and founder of 28 by Sam Wood.