What if you like to workout with weights but the gym is closed? Here are some great hacks to add some decent weight to your squats, shoulder press, or bench press.
Use a child. With homeschooling, they are ALL getting on our bloody nerves by now. Put them to use. It’s the least they can do! Depending on the size of the child you could either:
- Pretend to hug them and knock out a few sets of front squats. They will probably think you are being extra nice.
- Put a child on your shoulders. You will need to have your form down for this one to avoid the child face planting the floor. My kids tell me that hurts!
- Give them a piggy back, and squat away.
- Wrap them in a blanket, secure them with lots of duct tape and then do the full deadlift to shoulder press move. For them, it’s like being on a rollercoaster!
- Use even more duct tape to create handles. You got it. It's time for some bicep curls. They will LOVE it!
What to do if your child is too small to be effective? Or….god forbid…..a TEENAGER, agile, nimble, and hard to catch? Or worse, impossible to pry off the couch? Have no fear.
Rucksack hack. Fill up a rucksack with all those books you thought you would read, but continue to collect dust on the shelf. Congratulations, you now have a big, heavy, bundle of squattage! Another bonus, maybe training with books will be a reminder to start reading them!
The rucksack can be used for legs, shoulders, chest, and even for some weighted sit ups! Hardcore? Try wearing it while doing dips and pull ups! The beauty of using the rucksack over swinging a child around is that it is adjustable (and doesn’t scream).
Water bottles aren't just for drinking. If you need lighter weights for the smaller muscles, a full water bottle comes in handy for keeping those biceps and triceps in shape while we ride out this pandemic.
Keep training everyone. It’s past time to get creative and use whatever we have available!
By: Scott Burns // Kenzai Trainer