You need to hit you workouts like Rocky the gym – he had only one thing on his mind – the result. He didn’t care that two kids punched his stomach while he did sit ups. He didn’t care that his gym had rats and cockroaches. He just trained because he wanted to beat that Apollo!
You need to be like Rocky. Make the most of your scenario and don’t go out into that shed unless you are going to give it everything you got. There is no one else around to pick you up.
What Equipment Your Backyard Shed Needs
Now my backyard shed did not have much but it did have a few things. I worked with what I had and made the most of it and I am going to encourage you to do the same. However, without a few basic pieces of equipment training is going to be very hard.
Some basics you need include:
– Some dumbbells
There is a lot you can do with just your body weight alone but without a few dumbbells you are really making things hard for yourself. Even if you just pick up one 15 kilo dumbbell from someone’s hard rubbish collection you are going to be able to make your workout that much better. If you don’t have any and really can’t find any, don’t panic.
– A chin up bar
This is an absolute must. A lot of the muscle gains you make are going to be based around that bar. It doesn’t have to be a bar though. In high school I used a branch on a fig tree at my dad’s house! It wasn’t perfect (or straight) but it did the job. Don’t be picky.
– A barbell or equivalent
Getting a barbell with some weight discs is a great asset. However, if you can’t manage that try to cook up a safe alternative like a heavy steel bar with some buckets filled with sand on the end. Something long and heavy (like a barbell) will really assist your muscle growth.
– Some random heavy things
Make sure you have a few heavy things handy. They should be of a variety of weights. I have a few different weighted medicine balls, an empty beer keg, a sack full of sand and some other things like that. This will come in handy but again are not essential.
Other than this all you need are your arms, legs and a floor to stand on.
Coming up in this series…
The future posts in this series will be looking at all the different ways you can train at home and still achieve amazing size and strength. There are going to be well–known exercises, lesser known exercises and some that are going to make you think I am crazy.