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Let’s face it — we’d most likely all like to have a bangin’, fully-stocked house fitness center. However that requires area and cash, so, as unhappy as it could be, it’s not at all times sensible to purchase (or retailer) all the weights.

Nonetheless, it’s exhausting to get away with only one. In all probability the largest problem I see with my purchasers is that it’s virtually as in case your higher physique and decrease physique require two completely different units of weights, with the higher physique requiring wherever from 5-20lbs and decrease physique needing a heavier and far larger vary of weights. And I’ve additionally run into this problem myself when touring and the resort fitness center has supplied essentially the most random assortment of weights. Typically we simply should make do — and I’ve bought tons of concepts for a way to deal with these situations. Take a look at this put up the place I share a few of these methods.

One in all my favourite methods to get artistic with what you’ve bought useful is to take a free weight (dumbbell or kettlebell) and connect a protracted resistance band to it, which provides extra problem to your workouts. First, the additional resistance makes the load really feel a bit heavier, however there’s one other (sneaky) layer of problem in-built — the load feels even heavier as you progress it additional away from the anchor level of the band.

However I’m getting forward of myself right here — let’s pause and discuss set-up.

It’s fairly simple. Seize your lengthy resistance band and lay it out as proven with the dumbbell on high. Then, take one finish of the band OVER the highest of the deal with of the dumbbell and UNDER the loop within the different finish of the band, pulling it so the loop tightens across the deal with and voila … you’re good to go. You are able to do the identical loop and swoop with the deal with of a kettlebell and a resistance band.

Take a look at this video to see three examples of intelligent methods you need to use this new weight-on-a-band contraption you’ve simply created for (1) kettlebell swings; (2) goblet squats; and (3) deadlifts. And these are just some concepts! The probabilities are infinite.

NOTE: I used the band and a kettlebell for the video however you need to use the dumbbell too.

What can I say? I’m just like the MacGuyver of fitness.

What are a few of the methods you make no matter you’ve bought work as you’re employed in your fitness? —Alison