Our recent tour brought us to Leeds in the UK to play at the Brudenell Social Club. Leeds, while not the first city we ever played in England (Liverpool has that honour. RIP Quiggins), it served as our 'home base' for years as we would frequent the UK on various tours. Our good friend Jase lived in the Hyde Park neighbourhood of Leeds in a sliver of a house in an amazing neighbourhood of terraced houses which looked straight out of any grainy ancient dismal footage of an English slum somewhere in the mid century. Charming of course. Since then, Jase has moved away, and we don't crash on floors so much anymore, but our tour had us playing right around the corner from our first real home in England at the Brudenell.
The sky was gray, the air was cold, the run up to the show was boring, and i'd just eaten a bunch of junk food and had a pint of good cask ale. Feeling guilty about being a lazy lard lad, I stepped outside for some air when I spotted piles and piles of empty kegs behind the venue. Empty kegs are not so heavy, but they have a good weight, and they are bulky to handle. They have places built into them for carrying/lifting and after picking one up, I immediately thought they would be a perfect surrogate for a kettle bell.
Borrowing from my typical kettlebell routine and parts of Charles Bronson's "Solitary Fitness" I devised a workout with the empty keg.
3 sets of 8 "Dynamic Tension" deltoid/chest/stomach exercise. Standing up straight, I held the keg length ways (horizontally) out in front of my chest. Held it there for a few seconds, and slowly lowered it down to my waist. Then back up for another hold and repeat. Did one variation of this, and that was to bring the whole keg from my waist all the way above my head.
3 sets of 8 Military Chest press. Holding the keg vertically by it's two handles, I flipped it so the bulk ofthe empty keg was above me. Standing, and starting at the chest, I pressed upward with both hands until my arms were fully extended, then back down to a "clean" position.
3 sets of 8 Squats. Horizontally again, and with the keg above my head, arms fully extended, i did some squats. Wearing jeans was a bad idea, though. Even in cold weather.
3 sets of 8 rows. Leaning over my legs, bent slightly at the knee, almost like a semi deadlift, I did some rows with both hands, and the keg horizontal.
The next night in Glasgow, there were more kegs, and a big indoor space to do the exercises in. My usual workout buddy is Ben aka Young Guv. He joined in.
We did as above with the following additions:
Farmers Walk holding two kegs
Alternating Bicep curls
and push ups balanced between two kegs
Anyways -- if you are on tour and in a band, you are probably playing at a place that serves alcohol, lots of which is draft beer. Go out back, find the empty kegs, and get busy before your set.