Don’t Have Dumbbells?—These 5 Household Items Can Be Used Instead

Have you been watching tons of fitness videos on YouTube, but been unable to do them because you didn’t have dumbbells? Actually, you can find tons of alternatives items around your house than can be used instead of dumbbells. These are the five we suggest.


Chances are you’re pretty well stocked on canned goods and one 16 ounce can, equals one pound, which works out great for any arm or shoulder exercise.

Bags of Rice

Another staple item you’ve probably stocked up on, rice is 48 ounces, which equals three pounds and works well for back lunges. Bags of rice also come in 20, 30, and 50 pounds which are great for squats, deadlifts, and lunges.

Bags of Flour

We’re sure you have some flour in your pantry, but before you use it, put it in a sealable bag so you can prevent the nightmare of it spilling everywhere. A bag of flour weighs 80 ounces or five pounds.

Jugs of Water

You can use water, milk, or juices that come in gallon size and they weigh around 8.4 pounds. They work great for bent-over rows, shoulder exercises, and lunges.

Laundry Detergent

If water jugs are slightly too easy for you, challenge yourself with laundry detergent which weighs around 9.4 pounds.