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At Home Workout Equipment Substitutes

With gyms closed and trying to stay fit while at home, you may be thinking I don’t have dumbbells, sliders, or any other gym equipment. How am I supposed to workout at home? Try using these items as substitutes for gym equipment!

Water Jug

Water jugs are a great dumbbell alternative! Fill them up to the weight you want and lift them or lower them for a perfect dumbbell alternative. Use water, sand, or rocks to fill them up and make them the weight you need.

Soup Cans

You most likely have some soup cans in your kitchen somewhere. Grab one and start using them as a small dumbbell alternative!

Laundry Detergent

Laundry detergent can be used as an alternative to a heavier dumbbell. Grab two for a challenging arm workout or farmer carry or use one for goblet squats or tricep extensions.

A Bag of Rice

These make great kettlebell alternatives or good weight for farmer carries! Stick with the woven bags instead of plastic so they don’t burst when you start swinging them around.

Paint Cans

Paint cans can be used instead of dumbbells or kettlebells. The handles make them perfect for weighted lunges, bicep curls, and lateral raises.


Find a sturdy chair and start your tricep dips or incline pushups. If you are comfortable and feel safe enough to use it as a step bench, get those step-ups in.


Want to work out and tone your upper legs? Use the wall and do some wall sits. Try increasing the length of time you hold it for each day!


Need to elevate your leg for some split lunges? Use the couch instead of sitting around on it.


Most likely safe than using a chair, start using your stairs as a chance to get your cardio workout in or for some calf raises.

Towel, Napkins, Paper Plates

Use these on hardwood, laminate, or tile floor to substitute for a slider when working on your abs.

Backpack, Duffle Bag, Reusable Shopping Bag

Done with your textbooks? Throw them into a backpack or duffle bag and use it for various exercises.

Old Tires

If you have an old tire laying around, or maybe your winter or summer set of tires, use them for cardio or leg work outs. Flip the tire or jump in and out of the tire to get fit or stay fit.

Don’t let quarantine stop you from reaching those fitness goals!