DIY Dumbbells

If you’d like to work out with something similar to more traditional equipment, you can create your own dumbbells.

You can get empty plastic bottles and fill them with sand or water. If that’s too easy for you, you can fill bigger bottles, such as milk jugs, with water, sand, or rocks. Then, use these bottles as you would ordinary dumbbells.


Sandbags are some of the most versatile pieces of equipment in any home gym; you can do carries, snatches, cleans, and strongman exercises with them. What’s more, they cost next to nothing to make.

An old duffel bag, contractor’s bags, and some pea gravel — these are all the things you need to make your own sandbag. Double-bag the pea gravel in the contractor’s bags and tape them up snug.

Final Thoughts

Creating your own home gym — or at least a few pieces of equipment you’ll add to your home gym — is now within your reach.

The equipment listed above will allow you to perform many exercises that will cover most of the body parts. If you want to take things a bit further and you have a knack for DIY projects, you can get creative and create new pieces of equipment beyond what’s on our list for a more complete workout.

Read more about DIY projects here: DIY Archives

Sources: Shape, Greatist, The Art of Manliness; Pictures: Pixabay

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