-----1. The broom-----
The broom is definitely one of the
most common items on today's list and there are a number of things
that you can do with it. A lot of exercises that are done standing
up with no equipment involve a lot of balance and I like to use the
broom to keep my posture throughout. Now if you don't have a broom
this can easily be substituted with a hockey stick or even a small rake
Resting the broom on your shoulders
is great to keep your balance during a quat or lunge exercise but my
favorite broom exercise is the standing twist to work the oblique and
surrounding core muscles. You could even use it for a bicep curl or
shoulder press. Now obviously this does not provide a lot of
resistance but if you go through the motion enough times you will see
that eventually it does become difficult creating a nice burn in the
associated muscle group.
Every home has 1 or 2 of these and they make for a great addition to any home gym program. My absolute favorite exercise to do with 2 books is the calf raise. Simply place a 3-inch thick book under the balls of each of your feet and get up onto your tippie toes and then back down again to target the calf muscles! You can also use these as an elevation under your hands to give a new variation on the push-up or even stack up a few of them and they can act as a stand during some other floor exercises.
-----3. Soup cans-----
Some light free-weights are essential
to any home gym as they provide resistance to the working muscles thereby
invoking a stimulus and in return improvements are made. But in the
absence of a few small dumbbells, we can substitute with soup cans!
Of course the contents of the cans do not necessarily have to be soup;
peas, corn or any other canned good will work too! With this in mind,
you have no excuse but to provide your muscles with the stimulus required
to force an adaptation and improvement. Any exercise that you find that
is performed with a dumbbell can automatically be substituted for a
canned good so your options here are endless!
The chair is one thing that no house
can be without and little did you know it was packed with tons of exercise
potential! My favorite exercise involving a chair is by far the dip
which is performed by placing both hands on the edge of the seat with
your feet out in front of you and bending at the elbow. You can
also use it to perform any number of seated exercises. One thing to
note is that I would recommend you use a relatively less expensive chair
as it may get roughed up a bit if you are going to be standing or pushing
it around a bit.
Stairs are one of the most over-looked
pieces of equipment found in any house or building. Right away I know
some of you are snarling at this idea already but honestly, stair climbing
marks one of the best cardiovascular exercises due to its intense nature.
Furthermore, you can do a number of leg exercises involving a lunge-type
movement. Most importantly, during cold/bad weather,it offers the safest
and most intense calorie burning workout that will help to tone and
tighten your muscles at the same time!
Having all of this hidden workout gear is one thing, but knowing what to do with them is a completely different story. You can download a free personalized training program showing you exactly how to integrate these new found pieces of equipment into an organized, efficient manner here: one80.com. Just tell me what pieces of equipment you have available and I will tailor your program accordingly to match your workout needs and goals.