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The poor man's home gym

Posted Aug 25 2008 3:09pm




Sometimes you just don't want to go to the gym, but you know you've got to work out. I haven't been to my gym in 2 months but I am still strong and fit because of my spartan home gym. I don't have a treadmill, a squat rack or a universal gym. I have two kettlebells, a fat bar dumbell, a foam roller, some plates and a towel. Yes, my gym is so pathetic that a towel makes in on the inventory list.

Now when you have such a limited variety of tools you have to learn to get creative. I do a lot of bodyweight movements, kettlebell swings and lifts, and pump some iron with my fat bar dumbell. But in the winter when you train every day indoors it gets repetitive. Today I was staring at my kettlebells and my towel, then back to the bell, then the towel. All of a sudden I put two and two together and decided to loop my towel through my kettlebell!

By griping the towel instead of the bell handle I made it work my grip much more and changed the movement. The same old movements were brand new again. Then I looped the towel through a 25 lbs plate and did all kinds of bodybuilding movements with this crazy towel grip!

The moral of the story is if you want to train at home you can still get results it is possible but you have to be creative. Or is the moral of the story that you should use a towel or a rope to make your dumbells, plates, and kettlebells new again? I'm not sure but I do know that working at home is sweet. Check out this guy's use of ropes:







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