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Not everyone can afford to have an in-home gym. In fact, many people cannot afford (or do not have the room for) even a simple weight bench and weights. Don't let this stop you though, there are some surprisingly simple ways that you can make homemade weights for weight training and building strength.
One of the best ways to exercise at home is by using two empty gallon milk jugs as free weights. Fill these with water and use them as you would any other weights. You can also add other items to your milk jugs if you're worried about leakages, such as marbles, sand and coins.
Using canned vegetables as weights to exercise and build muscle works just as well. This way you can workout while you cook! Large cans of vegetables or soup have quite a bit of weight to them, and they can work great in an improvised home exercise routine.
A final option is to by a couple of cheap, small sandbags (the kind commonly sold at art stores) and strap them to your arms or legs as you clean the house. You'll burn far more calories as you'll have much more weight to move as you clean. You'll be surprised at how quickly you'll see toning results with this method!
While you will not reach bodybuilder status using gallons of water or bags of flour as weights, lightweight exercise tools can help you tone up, burn a good number of calories and get into better shape. It's certainly a better option than not exercising at all, and it's extremely affordable for any household.
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One of Richmond's premiere health clubs, the Richmond Athletic Club (RAC), has been keeping Richmond fit for over 15 years. The RAC is well-known for its local flavor and its friendly and helpful staff. One long-standing RAC member compared the RAC to "Cheers" -- where everyone knows your name. Plus, the RAC's fitness staff is among the most qualified in Richmond. Whether you are just starting to exercise or are an exercise enthusiast, the RAC's highly qualified Fitness Specialists can customize an efficient exercise program to help you achieve your personal goals with the least amount of time and effort. The RAC's staff excels at providing personal service and guidance to all members. Need help? Just go to the RAC's Service Desk and they'll find a RAC Fitness Specialist to help you. Want exciting exercise options? The RAC is a full-service health club with a wide array of fun and exciting exercise options, including: o Spacious Cardio Center with over 50 pieces of cardio equipment including treadmills, ellipticals, cross-trainers, lifecycles, recumbent bikes, stepmills, steppers, Concept II rowers, and VersaClimbers o 50+ Life Fitness Weight Machines o Over 30 Group Exercise Classes Per Week -- all included with the normal monthly dues! Classes include Yoga, Tai Chi, Cardio Kickboxing, Group Weights, Indoor Cycling, etc. o 30 Minute Express Exercise Options including a simple 30 minute "Express Lane" weight training circuit that provides a total body workout in 30 minutes or less! o One of the largest Free Weight Rooms in Richmond (2,500 sq. ft.) o Indoor Basketball with scheduled times for pick-up games o Racquetball, free lessons, & leagues o Cycle Reebok -- Indoor Cycling Studio with 15 bikes & colorful murals o Whirlpool, steam room, and sauna o Child Care on-site o Full-equipped locker rooms with lots of amenities that are not offered at most clubs, including FREE towel service. In addition, soaps, lotions, deodorant, and shaving cream are provided free-of-charge. o Private tanning beds in each locker room
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