Have you got Resistance Weights in your fridge?

Inspired by the Kitchen Resistance training video I posted a few weeks ago  I have been thinking about how you could get started on resistance weight training if you didn’t happen to have a son who was, 1, into weight training and 2, had left a load of his weights in the barn where you could ‘borrow’ them. MizFit used soup cans – but at the most these weigh-in at only 500g – and as I started with 2 kg* dumbbells, 500g wouldn’t offer much ‘resistance’.  I could go on ‘forever’ with such light weights and the idea is to achieve over 15 repetitions but ‘fail’ (find it too difficult to go on)  at a number that is not so high that it takes much time to reach. (*True, my work that I do with slate means I have quite strong arm muscles to start with, and many would start with a bit lighter.)


I had just come back from the supermarket where I had bought, amongst other things, milk.  Now it is only in the last eighteen months that we have had to actually buy milk. Up until then we kept milking goats – British Saanen. However, home circumstances meant that having to milk every morning was not a viable option anymore so we traded in our milkers and went for Boer Goats instead (more of which elsewhere and later)



Well, having a ready supply of milk encourages you to drink lots of milk and to use lots of milk in culinary ways. So, now I find myself buying what seem to be vast quantities of milk each week. There I was heaving this bag out of the boot of the car. It contained one 6 pint and three four pint plastic bottles. Wow, I thought, these are heavy! And that was when the little light bulb went on.

I went right in and weighed a 4 pint bottle. 2.430 kg. It has a comfortable handle to hold it with and with one in each hand I performed bicep curls, front raises, lateral raises and triceps extensions.  And, I thought to myself, AND  you could start with them half full of water if you weren’t feeling very strong, and as your strength increased you could add more water to suit.

I next weighed the 6 pint bottle, as good mathematicians will have worked out instantly, this weighed in at 3.6 kg and was still comfortable enough to handle. It might be used for the snatch in the early stages, I thought.

Later I took an empty set (one of each) out to the farmyard and filled them each with sand my other half has waiting to do some building work. Now the 4 pint bottle weighed 3.5 kg and the 6 pt over 5.3 (my scales weren’t man enough to give me the correct weight). Certainly a decent weight to start the snatch with !!

So here it is – use the recommended exercises as on Week 3 page, with the video links on Week 5 page to guide you, and use milk bottles filled with water or sand to create your weights! The only tricky one is the wrist-curl – it still works but the weight is unevenly distributed.

If you don’t consume the quantities of milk we do then I am sure there’ll be someone who you can ask to save you some empty* milk bottles to use. *(WELL washed out!!)

If you try this let me (and everyone else) know – I’d love to see how well it works out!

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14 thoughts on “Have you got Resistance Weights in your fridge?

    • Thanks Ellen,
      Not having anyone to compare with I don’t know – but as I pull a narrow flat bar through sheets of slate (to cut them) as part of my slateware business I guess I have a bit more arm muscle than the average woman of my age. That’s why this seemed a good solution – as you can easily add weight (water or sand) until you reach your limits, and it costs zilch, which is great if you are just seeing if it’s the right way exercise for you!

  1. Great solutions, Ann. I am lucky enough to have a variety of weights around the house, but I may try the milk cartons to throw hubby off his game. I LOVE messing with him.

    The dogs? Well, they get their “has she lost her mind?” moments when I do the cha-cha while dusting and wiping down the kitchen. I settle for marching in place while folding laundry.

    My quest in my virtual walk from Texas to Canada (TO) continues with cardio at the gym on a treadmill (steep incline to train for the mountains). My trusty pedometer records mile markers for me. We’re on Route 30 in Arkansas now. WOOT!

    • Hi Gloria – thanks for the comment. The housework cha-cha is geat way to keep it all moving! I have to make sure I don’t dance too much round the dog (large labradoodle) as she jumps up and wants to join in!

      Wow, Texas to Canada! How many miles is that!?! It must give you a great sense of progress rather than just ‘pounding the treadmill’

  2. Yes found it ok.
    Printed out a copy of the weeks exercises and started them yesterday, started at the top of the page, Monday, got up this morning and looked at the next days exercises then thought, its Sunday, so have now gone to the bottom of the page and will have to do Monday again tomorrow as it is………..??

  3. Ah! Nevermind – it won’t matter for once. Gordon made the chart start on a Monday but my weeks go Sunday to Saturday (because of starting on the 1st Jan) so I have to check I’ve looked at the right one too!
    I’ve made a simple chart I print off to write down my number of repetitions (so I have them to add to the drop-down FWT? pages when I put the computer on) I’ll forward it to you in case it is of use for keeping track. (afraid it goes sun to sat though 🙂 )

    • Haha .. would I?
      No .. I do stuff like that myself too often to laugh at anyone else!! Hope the ‘repetitions’ chart came through ok

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