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.
It’s that time of the year when I dread hitting the gym at my normal time, right after dropping the children off at school. I usually spend about 1 hour doing an active workout and 15 minutes stretching. However, once January 1st hits, I usually do as many home workouts as I can until mid February when the resolution exercisers decide to ditch the gym.
I like to plan out my workouts and being that today was my leg and ab day, I designed a fairly quick and efficient workout to perform at home before we had painters arrive.
Warm Up: Run Stairs 3 minutes.
Legs:5 rounds 30 seconds work, 30 seconds rest before moving to next exercise.
BOSU Squats with 20 lb Kettlebell
Walking Lunges using Bodyweight
TRX Jump Squats
Hamstring Curls on Stability Ball
TRX Reverse Single Leg Lunge (Repeat on opposite leg)
One Arm Kettlebell Swings with 20 lb bell
***You don’t need the equipment I have to perform these exercises. Standard squats are fine. Reverse lunges are a good substitution for the TRX lunges. You can use dumbbell for stationary squat instead of the swing.***
Abs: 5 rounds 30 seconds work, 30 seconds rest before moving onto next exercise.
Decline Punch Plank
Decline Walking Plank
Decline Shoulder Tap Plank
Decline Spiderman Plank
*** I used my stairs to help with decline. You can do these flat on the floor***
Earlier this week, I had a very hectic schedule so I did many of my workouts from home. If you’re time crunched, money strapped, or just need an efficient lower body workout, then this is the workout for you!
Some of my exercise equipment: stability ball, foam roller, medicine ball, ab wheel, BOSU, TRX Bands
These exercises can be done with just your body weight or you can use a BOSU ball, stability ball, TRX bands, medicine ball or ab wheel like I used.
Warm Up: 50 Mountain Climbers
(25 ea. leg) Walking Lunges with Trunk Rotation- Can use weighted medicine ball. Make sure to keep knee directly over your ankle.
(25) BOSU Squats-Beginner modification just use bodyweight. Advanced-turn BOSU over so you are standing on the flat part of the BOSU and ball part is on the floor.
(25) Hamstring Curls on stability Ball- Lie on your back. Feet on the ball, toes pointed to ceiling, lift hips up in bridge. Keeping core tight, use your heels to draw ball towards your butt while still in bridge.
(25) Ab Rollouts with ab wheel. Can also be performed using stability ball.
(25) Jump Squats. Beginner modification: Just squat with bodyweight remembering to push butt back like you are sitting in a chair. Keep your knees directly in line with ankles. Advanced: Use TRX Bands.
(25) Mountain Climbers
(45 Sec.) Wall Sits. Keep back flat against wall by tucking in pelvis. Get low like you are in chair. Intermediate/Advanced: Add weight to your thighs.
Run Tall Flight of Stairs- 10 times. If you have small flight of stairs, run 20 times.