5 Pieces of DIY Equipment to Workout at Home (For Free!)

DIY equipment to workout at home

Want to workout with gym equipment, but don’t want to pay for a gym membership? Here are 5 Pieces of DIY equipment to workout at home that won’t cost you a dime!

Most of the items needed to make this workout equipment are already available in your home. A few additions can be made to your equipment with things outside of your house that are completely free!

Hopefully by the end of this, you will have found a few great items that you can use to continue working out without leaving your house.

Let’s dive in!

Backpack with Books

Any backpack, duffle bag, or laptop bag will do for this DIY equipment to workout at home.

Open your bag and shove as many books as you’d like in there to increase/decrease the weight of the bag.

This is essentially a DIY version of dumbbells that you can use for the following workouts:

  • Bicep curls
  • Bent over back rows
  • Single arm rows
  • Stiff-legged deadlifts
  • Squats and lunges
  • Bench press
  • Step ups

Anything you can imagine yourself doing with dumbbells almost always works with the backpack and books method.

Consider using textbooks or other large books to maximize the amount of weight that will fit in your bag.

If you don’t have enough books, you can get creative by using rice bags, sandbags, or any other heavy items to store inside your bag.

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Chair Against a Bed

Some of the most common items in our house are the ones that can give us the most without workouts.

Something as simple as a chair can add tremendous amounts of benefits with the following workouts:

  • Tricep dips
  • Incline pushups
  • Lying pull ups
  • Pike shoulder push ups

Putting a chair against your bed or other heavy and rigid surfaces allows the chair to stay in place as you perform workouts with it.

A lot of the workouts you try will take a little bit of trial and error to find what’s most comfortable for you.

A workout such as the lying pull ups will require 2 chairs instead of 1. By placing a stick on top of both chairs, you create a low pull up bar.

Nightstands, Drawers, or Wooden Boxes

Nightstands, drawers, and wooden boxes are excellent DIY equipment to workout at home with if done right.

The point of these items is to find a low enough box that you can step on. Usually no taller than 2 feet.

Finding an item like this around your house will allow you to do some of these workouts:

  • Step ups
  • Calf raises
  • Incline and decline pushups
  • Jump Squats
  • Any plyo box workouts

If you can do it with a plyo box, you can certainly do it with a turned over drawer, short nightstand, or a simple wooden box.

If you don’t have any of these items to spare, consider checking sources like Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist to see if anyone is giving out one of these items for free.

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Did you know that you can get sand for free almost anywhere you live?

Yes, it’s actually true! And guess what… sand is heavy!

Sand is so cheap that even the places that sell a 50lb bag of sand sell it for under $3. That’s an absolute steal even if you wanted to pay for it.

Sandbags = Weight = More Ways to Workout

Here are a few workouts you can do with a sandbag:

  • Chest presses
  • Skull crushers
  • Bent over rows
  • Single arm rows
  • Weighted Squats

Clearly, there are plenty of things you can do with something as simple and cheap as a sandbag.

You can get them in different weights, sizes, and containers to maximize your workout efficiency to your liking.


Really, any form of a broomstick, PVC pipe, or wooden stick will do. If you have one lying around, it might be of great use to your workouts.

A stick of some sort will be able to replace a bar that you would normally use at the gym.

These bars are normally used for a bench press or straight bar curls which are basic foundations for large muscle groups.

Here are a few workouts you can do with a broomstick:

  • Straight bar curls
  • Bench presses
  • Shoulder presses
  • Lying pull ups
  • Weighted squats

By removing the stick from the entire broom, you are left with a straight and sturdy bar.

You can attach weights such as heavy bags to each end of the bar and tie the ends with t-shirts to keep them from slipping off.

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Those are 5 amazing pieces of DIY equipment to workout at home that you can start using today without a single dime being spent.

As long as you’re creative, you can find plenty of things around the house to give you a hand in improving your home workouts.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions leave them down below. Thanks for reading!

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