How to Maintain Strength with No Gym or Equipment
Posted on March 19th, 2020
No gym? No equipment? No space? How do you maintain strength and burn off some stress during this pandemic?
Yesterday, I did some mobility drills at home and then went on a quick 3 mile run. While I felt great and really enjoyed my run, I knew I would have to come up with a long term plan to scratch my itch for moving some weight.
Who knows how long this coronavirus pandemic will last and what if gyms don’t open for a few months, a year, or longer? While the easy solution would be to go and buy workout equipment for my house (I would just need a few kettlebells), I wanted to challenge myself to maintain a minimalist approach. Besides, I was confident that whatever weight/resistance I would be interested in buying could be replaced with something I already have. Furthermore, I wanted to use something that was commonplace in households everywhere.
As I was doing some cleaning and putting stuff away, I looked at my backpack and it clicked. My mind starting racing on all the exercise variations I could do with my bag.
We quickly cleared some space in our warehouse and cut the red tape on the opening of the Pedestal gym. Woo! It’s a mighty 8 X 6 foot space with some turf and great lighting. They say adversity and change sparks creativity.
Next, I grabbed my bag and loaded it to the top with various items. See photo below.
While 30 pounds might not seem like a lot of weight, the awkwardness and size of the bag make holding it more difficult.
Ladies and gentlemen, the first of many full body backpack workouts below!
90/90 Hip Progression with Backpack:
5 Rounds of 5 Each – A, B, C
A) Backpack Reverse Lunge w/ Rotation
B) Half-Kneeling Single-Arm Backpack Press
C) Backpack Plank
There you have it! No gym, no equipment, and hardly any space.
Grab your backpack and share your journey with us!