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Do-It-Yourself Fitness Equipment

Working out doesn’t mean you have to spend money on expensive gear or a gym membership. Here are a couple of easy-to-make, affordable equipment pieces:

Hand Weights

Fill 1/2- or 1-gallon milk jugs with water, sand or gravel. The stronger you get, the more you can put in the jugs.

Resistance Bands

Stretch an old bicycle inner tube or bungee cords to work different muscle sets.


Comments about “Do-It-Yourself Fitness Equipment”

  1. why, comatose, why??? says:

    I am so going to try this! It looks AWESOME!

  2. StarScout223 says:

    What is that song? Where can I get it?

  3. the joester says:

    Some of that must be hard.

  4. volt volt says:

    that song has been stuck in my head for about three weeks/

  5. pedro on a tuesday says:

    Ya the bicycle inner tube thing is cool until it snaps and hits you in the face.

  6. dtr2003 says:


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  • Here's a simple dumbbell-based program to get you started.

    Work the first circuit, with one minute rest between exercises. Then rest for a couple minutes -- however long it takes to get your heart back to a normal, resting rhythm -- and complete the second circuit. Start with one set of 10 repetitions each per circuit and gradually improve until you can do three sets of each circuit.

    First circuit:
    Reverse Lunge
    One-Arm Shoulder Press
    One-Arm Lat Row
    One-Leg Calf Extension
    Biceps Flexion (Curl)

    Second circuit:
    Wide Squat
    Chest Press
    Rear Delt Row
    Narrow Squat
    Triceps Extension
    One-Leg Raise
    Trunk Flex

    To make sure you're progressing to your goals, record in a training log the number of sets, repetitions and resistance for each exercise in a training session.

    The log will help you figure out if you're doing the right thing and when you're ready to increase resistance. It'll also help you remember the order of exercises and how to do them.

    >> Download a training log