If you are a college student (or have been one) you know that at the end of each year you are left with a pile of textbooks that you may never look at again (you may have never looked at them to begin with). Personally, I have stacks of them—old hand me downs and new ones. Regardless, they have served their purpose and I was done with them, so I thought…
Recently I suffered an injury that made me unable to run for a few weeks. Restless from inactivity, I decided to do a workout in my apartment. Sometimes when at the gym, I utilize hand weights during these workouts to make them more challenging. I don’t have hand weights at my apartment so I figured body weight would have to do. But then, when lying on my floor getting ready to begin, I looked and saw the stack of textbooks shoved under my bed. I grabbed the heaviest one (s/o physics) and thought, “well, let’s see how this goes”.
Since that day, I have been utilizing my textbooks to help me work out! It sounds strange, but I promise, they are a good substitute for weights. They don’t work for all exercises, but here are some that I found do work:
(DISCLAIMER: These images are meant as a comedic representation of exercising with textbooks. It is not recommended to stack multiple on top of each other. If you do not know how to PROPERLY do these exercises, please look up an actual tutorial). *I do not own any of these images*
- Squats – hold the textbook in front of your chest with your elbows tucked in as if the textbook were a weighted plate. Proceed with proper squat form. If you want to add a bit extra, lift the textbook up over your head as your rise from your squat. You can also go onto your tip toes for a calf raise as you do this. Remember to squeeze your glutes!
- Lunges – either hold the textbook consistently at chest level or push it above your head as you lunges down as shown below.
- Russian Twists – hold the textbook with two hands and move it side to side as you twist
- Toe Touches – lie on your back and put your legs straight up in the air. Hold the textbook with two hands and reach upwards to try and touch your toes. This should feel like crunches.
- Triceps – hold the textbook with two hands behind your head, keep your elbows in, raise and lower!
- Calf Raises – stand holding as many textbooks as you’d like (make sure you can balance!) raise and lower yourself using your toes
- Bicep curls – hold the textbook and curl!
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