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    Cheap alternatives to gym during Coronavirus pandemic?

    The gyms around me shut down during the Coronavirus pandemic for at least 2-3 weeks, but I still want to workout.
    Thing is my workouts are with heavier weight ( eg.: bench press with 210-240 lbs barbell/dumbells, DLs 350 - 400 lbs , RDLs 315 lbs etc) so suitable weights/dumbbells are too expensive.
    I am fairly heavy tho, 190 lbs.

    What do you recommend me to do? Should I buy a few cheap equipment for bodyweight exercises?
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    i'd like to know the answer as well. just some bodyweight training even though i'm starting my cut very soon, and hope to lose as little muscle as possible?
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    If you do bodyweight training with pushups, dips (using chairs, the kitchen counter, etc), some form of pullups or inverted rows, and bulgarian split squats of different types (front leg far in front, jumping, etc), you will lose very little muscle/strength over 2-3 weeks. You will still need a week or two of workouts to get your neuromuscular efficiency back to where you were but you shouldn't lose much if any muscle if you keep protein intake decent and eat at maintenance calories.
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    Take it as a back off period and use bodyweight exercises as mentioned above.
    I really like TRX type straps(i use life line jungle XL myself).
    You have a lot of options with these and there are many you tube videos.
    Backing off will help with recovery from your heavy training and you should feel refreshed when getting back to your normal training.
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    The absolute cheapest option is self resistance. I don't know how well it works, but I think if you genuinely work hard at it, it will work.
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    lol guys ur funny that you think it will take only 2 weeks lmfao
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    band resistance training will be a great alternative.
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    get or make a sled. Forward, backward, sideways sled pulls. Sled pushes. Find 500 lbs of cheap iron. Make a yoke and carry or rig up for farmer walks and suitcase carries. If you have a beater bar (no rack) you can do deadlifts and floor presses. You can also rig for landmine exercises easy enough.

    Don't want to spend on old, used weights then go to a junk yard and buy some rusted car/truck parts (axles are good). carry that stuff around, press it, drag it, flip it, toss it.
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    Originally Posted by sowilson View Post
    get or make a sled. Forward, backward, sideways sled pulls. Sled pushes. Find 500 lbs of cheap iron. Make a yoke and carry or rig up for farmer walks and suitcase carries. If you have a beater bar (no rack) you can do deadlifts and floor presses. You can also rig for landmine exercises easy enough.

    Don't want to spend on old, used weights then go to a junk yard and buy some rusted car/truck parts (axles are good). carry that stuff around, press it, drag it, flip it, toss it.
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