Core Strength Training on a Budget

by Mackenzie M. | February 28th, 2013 | Core, Strength Training

jumpNot everyone has the time or the finances to invest in expensive weights and exercise training equipment. While the machines and accessories may be successful in building your core muscles if used regularly, frankly, they are just an unnecessary financial expense. Workout equipment that is just as effective can be made out of every day items in your own home. Before making any expensive purchases on strength training equipment, look around the house and read the list of in home equipment below.

In Home Weights. Rather than spend $100+ on an expensive weight set, get your arm muscles in shape by lifting things like full soup cans or full water bottles. Some full soup cans can weight up to a pound, and they are great for light upper body exercises. If those are too light, full 33 ounce water bottles can provide about two pounds of weight. Water bottles can also be filled with sand, rocks, or coins to add a little more weight and resistance. Think about the heavy computer or work bag you carry around all day. That bag may actually weigh up to ten pounds and can double as weights for things like bicep curls, lateral raises, and more. In fact, duffle bags with handles can even be filled with heavy objects for squats, lunges, and lifts. Many materials found around your home can double as cheap and effective weights for building up core and arm strength.

Child’s Play. Sometimes the best exercise equipment is the cheapest, and it can even be found in your child’s toy box. For example, a cheap plastic hula hoop can be a great way to exercise and gain core strength. Inexpensive jump ropes can also provide hours of core strength training. Even the plastic bat and balls that come in a child’s tee-ball set are great for a family game, along with a core strength workout. Even running and sliding down a slip and slide with kids is an ab and arm workout. Always think outside of the box when it comes to household items used for exercise. The possibilities are endless.

Used Equipment. While some people find purchasing used exercise equipment taboo, friends and family often have high quality equipment sitting around that can be of great use to others looking to build core strength. For example, my grandparents had a treadmill for that sat unused for years. They gave it to my family for free, and it has been a great tool for running and building up strength. Although this may not be made from something around the house, it is still a cheap way to exercise in the home without the purchase of new equipment.

Do you have any suggestions for other in home strength training equipment?

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