Alright T-Nation. I am spending the next month in Africa and need to come up with some weights so I can keep training. I have heard filling milk jugs with sand but they can only get so heavy, what do you think are good solutions?
He has some other articles about less than perfect workout locales also.
If you are spending a month there, you can also up your conditioning and do bodyweight stuff to maintain strength. I am sure you can find a tree to do pull ups and you can practice one leg squats almost anywhere. If you have a buddy, pick up him in a fireman’s carry and squat with him. You could also just take the month off and totally recuperate and stoke your fires to workout.
Buy some blast straps or TRX stuff to hang from something.
Depending on where you are staying, I am sure you can find something heavy to pick up ala strongman. Make a sandbag while you are there. You are only limited by your creativity.
To give you an idea of what you can do with some tires and hanging stuff (I’ve used jugs of water many times) off a bar, look at this (shitty form) deadlift video at the bottom of this page: http://tnation.T-Nation.com/free_online_forum/blog_sports_body_training_performance_bodybuilding_log/hastalless_log
Rocks and logs are great. If you’re in an area of Africa with trees, you could find a big log and deadlift one end of it. And then you could “clean” and press the end of a smaller log. (though it would end up being a sort of an incline press…) Big rock deadlift and smaller rock clean and press would be even better IMO. You can add weight in the form of smaller rocks or sticks lashed to the rock or log you’re using. (this is pretty awkward, but you’ll figure it out.)
Try some plyometrics stuff. You can progress pushups, just increase the height of the box you’re “jumping” on to. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGkJZoycSr8