No Weights? No Worries!

I don’t have a gym membership. I don’t even own a set of dumbbells.

Yup…I’m that girl. Fake fitness freak, some might say. But I beg to differ. Some of the most effective exercises can be done in the comfort of your own home, without legit equipment. All you gotta do is improvise (which is particularly convenient for me, since I majored in performing arts)!

Unless a state-of-the-art workout space is your thing, there’s no need to invest in all those “bells and whistles.” Strength training doesn’t require a Nautilus label. As long as you’ve got some resistance, you’re in business.

So, let’s say you’re toning up on a budget, you laugh out loud at the prospect of driving all the way to LA Fitness, or you just find sporting gear intimidating (like, what is a kettleball?!).

No problemo!

The following low-cost, no-fuss tips will maximize your results without forcing you to finance a home-gym.


Instead of Dumbbells:

  • Water Bottles (approximately 1-2 lb. each)
  • Soup Cans (approximately 3-5 lb. each)
  • Family-size shampoo bottle (approximately 6-7 lb. each)
  • Gallon Milk Jugs (approximately 8-10 lb. each)

Instead of Balance Discs:

  • Basketball or football
  • High heeled shoes
  • Skateboard
  • PVC pipe (8″/schedule 120)

Instead of Stability Balls:

  • Couch cushions
  • Stack of 4-5 textbooks
  • Reading Pillow
  • Hiking Backpack

Instead of Yoga Mats:

  • Thick cardboard (approximately 68″ x 24″)
  • Full or Queen-size mattress
  • Non-slip rug (approximately 68″ x 24″)
  • Full or Queen-size Sleeping bag