How To Make a Weighted Backpack 

 May 12, 2023

By  Diane Wuthrich

A weighted backpack is an efficient way to increase training or resistance of just about any workout. But how do you make one?

There’s no need to buy a weighted backpack when you can make your own. You only need to have free weights and a backpack with a zipper. Drop the free weights into the backpack, zip it up, and wear it close to your back as you work out.

Read on below to learn more about how you can make a weighted backpack at home.

Making a Weighted Backpack

A weighted backpack is a great way to burn more calories and build muscle when doing just about any workout.

There’s no need to spend money on a weighted backpack when you can make your very own at home with a few simple things.

What You’ll Need:

Free weights are the most popular way to add weight to a backpack. However, you can also use household items such as canned goods and textbooks.

-   Free weights that you can just drop into your backpack

-   A small to medium sized backpack that will stay close to your body when you use the weighted backpack


Follow the steps below to make a weighted backpack right at home:

  1. Open the backpack.
  2. Drop the weights of your choice inside.
  3. Close the backpack.
  4. Wear the backpack and adjust the straps, so that the backpack is snug and close to your body.


Making a weighted backpack is easy. Just follow these steps for making a weighted backpack to build muscles and strength while burning more calories.  

About the author

Diane is our head writer and researcher for our backpack informational content. Her everyday carry is a Herschel.

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