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    I was scrounging for something....anything! to use last night for my LHT since we were in the midst of a snowstorm, I had a sick kid, and need to do something besides sit on my ass and rock. I've been lusting after kettlebells, but a)I'm a tightass and b) I'm broke since my roomie is moving out, so cheap of the week is in.

    What did I find?

    I found a jug of kitty litter. In a plastic 'jug' with a tight fitting lid and a handle. Weighed in at 18 pounds. (I had a cat, once upon a time, but she became coyote poo about a year ago.)

    I decided that the kitty litter bottle is awesome. (One could also use sand, but I had none. So "clumping, deodorized clay' it was).

    "Kettlebell swings", squats, and circles, all 'tabata'd', and I was a drippy, sweaty, jello-y mess. I figured I could use it for a week, get all my sets in, add two cups of water (= one pound) and give it a good slosh to combine, and gradually increase the weight. It'll soak up a serious amount of water, and I can add/remove weight as needed when I get to that point.

    I suspect it could be used for a quasi-medicine ball as well. Going to give that a run tonight and see how it works, after I swing past Follets for some hockey tape (or anything else I can find for some grip).
    Chief cook & bottle washer for one kid, a dog, 6 hens, 2 surprise! roosters, two horses, and a random 'herd' of quail.

    ~The ultimate ignorance is the rejection of something one knows nothing about and refuses to investigate~

  • #2
    That's a fantastic idea!

    Also, I made a 25lb medicine ball out of a basketball, sand and gorilla tape.

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    • #3
      I've used gallon milk jugs and clay before, when I didn't have any weights
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      • #4
        Now, THAT is resourcefulness!

        I use a 16-pound bag of cat food as a "carcass" to drag about and carry and toss. (This is a heavy, challenging weight for me.) The bag material is sort of thick nylon-ish, so it holds up well to being dragged.
        "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." -- Hippocrates

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        • #5
          I had the same thought when I went out to feed the horse last night, and lugged a 40 pound bag of timothy pellets in and dumped it.

          "I wonder how long it would take for the guys in white coats to come get me if I packed THAT down the street on my walk with the dog?"

          LOL.

          I may have to test that theory come spring.

          Diana-A medicine ball is next on my list if the kitty litter jug (that still makes me snicker...but hey, better than just tossing it!) doesn't work out. I made a 'weenie ball' out of an empty plastic coffee can and lid and-ahem, wet kitty litter It's 'setting' a bit to dry right now, but til I can scrounge a BB, it'll have to do. In the meantime, I can build some strength and whatnot.


          TL-I think I'm going to spring on that. Cheap cat food is uber cheap, and being used as a sand bag is the best use FOR the stuff.

          However, I'm pretty sure my son thinks I've flipped my lid. He told my mom I was in my room playing with cat litter.

          Chief cook & bottle washer for one kid, a dog, 6 hens, 2 surprise! roosters, two horses, and a random 'herd' of quail.

          ~The ultimate ignorance is the rejection of something one knows nothing about and refuses to investigate~

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          • #6
            Originally posted by naiadknight View Post
            I've used gallon milk jugs and clay before, when I didn't have any weights
            That was my first thought, but since I can't do dairy, all my milk jugs are long gone! I do have a nearly empty gallon vinegar jug that I'm going to use, as soon as I can find a smaller jar for the AVC.
            Chief cook & bottle washer for one kid, a dog, 6 hens, 2 surprise! roosters, two horses, and a random 'herd' of quail.

            ~The ultimate ignorance is the rejection of something one knows nothing about and refuses to investigate~

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            • #7
              Being a student I have tons of old textbooks that aren't worth it to sell. I put as many of these suckers as I could fit in a duffel bag and use that for weights. It's pretty heavy, but I've got no idea how much it actually weighs.

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              • #8
                I love it! I was also looking for kettlebells but I am also a tightass and spent enough on groceries yesterday to curb my spending needs. Resourcefullness is a great thing!

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                • #9
                  OMG, this is briliant!!!! I am going to have to try this now!
                  Georgette

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                  • #10
                    When training for a certification hike for Search, I used to hike with a 20 pound bag of dog food and 2 10 pound barbell plates in my pack.
                    Christine
                    Wag more, bark less

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                    • #11
                      Now I'm wondering if I could build a 'log' for flipping out of sonotube and sackrete.

                      Anyone tried that? It wouldn't matter if the tube got rained on, you could take three/four pieces of rebar and reinforce it so it wouldn't shatter with repeated flips...trouble is the sonotubes are only four feet long, but four feet of solid cement would be heavy as hell too, IDK.

                      Thoughts?
                      Chief cook & bottle washer for one kid, a dog, 6 hens, 2 surprise! roosters, two horses, and a random 'herd' of quail.

                      ~The ultimate ignorance is the rejection of something one knows nothing about and refuses to investigate~

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                      • #12
                        And for those of you who don't drink milk but want a milk jug just ask at a coffee shop! We are a relatively low volume place and we still go through several gallons a day! Bet they'd save you a couple. I know I have saved a few for folks! (not for weights though!)

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                        • #13
                          Rosstraining.com has a whole section on homemade equipment. Good stuff.

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                          • #14
                            Eklecktika: I have a support beam/post in my basement that is basically a cement filled metal tube. It is narrow but at 7 feet, I am hoping it will do the trick when I get up to the WOW.

                            Arthurb999: thanks for the site, I'll have to check it out

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                            • #15
                              how much does the sick kid weigh? (:

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