Water Jug Workout

When training at home, it can seem daunting to try to implement a successful workout strategy that doesn’t involve lots of expensive equipment.

However, you don’t need to feel limited by the fact that you might not have a lot to work with at home. The key is to get creative–an everyday object like a jug of water can be a useful workout tool. (A gallon of water weighs 8.35 pounds.)

Using a water jug for resistance training is efficient, practical, and it can also make for a damn good workout!

I recently did a water jug workout with my client Armen at her apartment. She doesn’t have any workout equipment (or a ton of space) but that didn’t stop us from getting it done.

Water is readily available and relatively cheap. After all, it’s the world’s most abundant resource. As a resourceful trainer, I’m happy to take advantage of that fact.

Watch the clip below to see highlights from the workout:

9 thoughts on “Water Jug Workout

  • By phattrainer -

    Armen loves the water!!

  • By Al Kavadlo -
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  • By Chino hills gym -

    Its actually a 8.35 lb weight workout :-p
    Quite interesting though because you can do workout with anything you want even if you are travelling.

  • By cary boot camp -

    This is really awesome. I guess most of the people have water bottles in there fridges. Now is the time to make some more use of it. They can work as dumbbells.

  • By Gail -

    Hi Al! I have been a fan of your blog for ages. This winter I have spent a lot more time inside than I would like. So I picked up a five gallon water jug for leg days and a three gallon jug for upper body days. I just pulled off my first 5 x5 one handed dumbbell press with three gallons and wanted to say thanks for this inspiring blog article! Any tips on weighted pistol squats using water jugs? It’s a bit sloshy and unbalanced so holding it by my side is possible but I am hoping to find the zen to hold the jug in front? Thanks!

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Hey hey hey! Thanks for the comment. If you want to use a water jug during a pistol, I recommend holding the jug in front of your chest with both hands.

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