Many Americans have been turning to their living rooms and online apps to help continue their workout routine while under quarantine. On average, a home gym review will tell you a home gym can cost anywhere from $2,000 and upwards of $10,000. However, you really don’t need to break the bank to get in good home workouts.  

Below are common household items you can use for home workouts to build those muscles.

Spencer Tatum is a Scottsdale resident and founder and performance director of THP (Tatum Human Performance).

Water Bottle Weights

It’s nearly impossible to find dumbbells right now as everyone is rushing to the stores to find workout equipment for their home. Luckily, you can substitute water bottles to use as weights. A gallon weighs around 8 pounds when full of water and you can also fill it with sand to increase the weight.  Try doing water bottle arm swings or using the water bottles as weights while doing lunges.

Backpack for Lifting

Fill your backpack with books, cans and other heavy items to add extra weight to your bodyweight exercises. You can use the backpack while running up and down the stairs in your house or while doing pushups.


Use a chair in your house to do inclined pushups or step-up exercises. A chair can also lend you support if you have any balance issues while doing lunges.


Sledgehammers can range in weight from 4 to 30 pounds. Using them for your workout can help develop strength and power. If you have an old tire lying around, you can hit it with your sledgehammer to build strength.

If you’re looking to elevate your workout routine, you can also join the free #IgniteImmunityChallenge, which was built to inspire those to choose fitness while staying at home. To join, simply download the Teambuildr app and enter the easy join code: SP65 SPCB and password: RAT8ZBFO. You will also have the chance to win prizes.  

Spencer Tatum is the founder and performance director of THP, an individualized training company for clients and coaches. Spencer’s unique approach to fitness, performance training and coaching stems from his experience as an elite college athlete and the pain of injuries.