Weight Training at Home on a Budget

Have you been thinking about doing some weight training, but haven’t been able to afford a full set of weights, or pay expensive gym fees? Well, with a bit of imagination and creativity, you can get started right away! There are many household items which you can use and still reap the benefits of weight training.

To get started with weight training, you don’t necessarily need a home gym. If you can afford it, you can buy a pair of dumbbells in the five or ten pound range. This is more than enough to get you started, and in the meantime you can save for heavier weights as you need them.

Weight Training at Home on a Budget

Improvised Weights

If not, you can improvise at home by using several items lying around the house. When beginning weight training you should start with light weights at first. You can easily use cans of food that are in your kitchen cupboards. As you progress you can try small water bottles.

If you have small children, you can practice picking them up and just carrying them around. They will have fun and you will be getting a workout. Get your kid to sit on your feet while doing sit ups.

Other household items that can be substituted for weights are bags of sugar or a bag of potatoes. This weight can really add up and give you some great resistance.

When performing your weight training exercises, you can even make a light weight heavier by slowing your movements down. At the same time, really concentrate on the muscle you are working. This can make a huge difference in your results.

As your need for heavier weights increases, you can fill water jugs with sand for added weight. Do you have an old tire in your garage? This can be a very useful weight training tool – just start moving it around your backyard for a great workout.


An even more practical solution would be to make your own sandbags. This way you can vary the weight by putting more or less sand in them, and you are less likely to hurt yourself or damage something if you drop them.

Body Resistance Training

Another idea for weight training, is to use your own body as resistance. This can be done by doing push ups in different positions. Try using your stairs to do your push ups on. Start with a higher step and really lower your body down to the stair. As this becomes easier, drop down one level until you are on the bottom step. This is also a great method to use if you have trouble doing a full body push up from the start.

So, with a little imagination and resourcefulness, it is still possible to find ways to do weight training while on a budget. If you have any great ideas for working out with weights at home while on a tight budget, we’d love to hear them in the comments below.

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