My life has been pretty hectic lately, so I have been designing efficient and effective home workout routines. After several hours studying yesterday for my personal trainer certification, I needed a good core workout to work out those kinks in my back and strengthen my abdominal muscles. I utilized some basic equipment I keep on hand for home workouts.
Core Workout Equipment
All of these items can be found at your local sporting goods store, big box retailer or Amazon.com):
Yesterday was cruddy (weather wise) and I wanted a simple yet effective workout to perform at home. So, I designed this chest/triceps/abs workout to do in my hallway, utilizing equipment I had on hand, my stairs and a dining room chair.
Chest/Triceps/Abs Home workout
Many of these exercises can be done WITHOUT the use of equipment.For example:pushups can be substituted in for the chest presses; basic squats can be substituted in for squat throws with the medicine ball; tricep dips on chair can be substituted in for the tricep kickbacks; planks can be substituted in for ab rollouts. Also, you can use kitchen pantry items as your weights if you don’t have any “typical” weights on hand. Just pick items that are heavy enough that by the 14th rep it is difficult and that they areNOT BREAKABLE. 🙂
In each circuit, go exercise to exercise without rest. Rest 1 Minute after each circuit round. Move onto next circuit once all rounds from previous circuit are completed. As far as reps, aim for 15-20 at a weight that is challenging by the 2nd to last rep.