5 Household Items to Use Instead of Dumbbells

If you’ve been working out at home and following fitness influencers, chances are you’ve seen videos that only require dumbbells. But, if you don’t have dumbbells or free weights, what are you supposed to do? Well, you can actually use items you already have in your house as a replacement. Here are five household items you can use instead of dumbbells.


You’ve probably stocked up on cans of beans, vegetables, and fruits, and you can use a 16 ounce can, which equals one pound. They can be used for almost any arm or shoulder exercise.


Bags of Rice

If you’re looking for more of a challenge, try using bags of rice, which are 48 ounces, equivalent to three pounds. Try doing back lunges with them. There are even 20, 30, and 50-pound bags you can do squats with!


Bags of Flour

Almost everyone has bags of flour in their pantry and these weight 80 ounces, or five pounds. They’re perfect for squats, but don’t forget to put them inside a sealed bag to prevent the flour from spilling everywhere.

Jugs of Water

Jugs of water, milk, or orange juice that comes in a gallon jug weighs around 8.4 pounds. These work great for bent-over rows.


Laundry Detergent

Do you need slightly more of a challenge than jugs of water for bent-over rows? A 150-ounce bottle of laundry detergent weight around 9.4 pounds and you probably have a few in your laundry room.