Hate the gym? Well, so do we-thus the creation of this site! The membership fees, the crowd, the sweat-laden machines, grunting meat-heads in the weight areas-no thanks. Finding different exercise routines and equipment to use at home can provide you with perfect setup to whip your body in shape in no time! Speaking of….check out these 5 simple workouts that you can do right in your own living room:
Squats are the go-to lower body strengthening exercise. This compound movement exercise works most of your leg muscles simultaneously, ridding the need and time having to work these muscle groups individually. To incorporate squats into your routine start empty-handed or grab a 5-10 lb dumbbell for extra resistance if needed. Stand with your feet a little farther than hip-width apart and with your feet angled slightly outwards. Start slow into a squatting position, keeping your weight on your heels, and as you lower yourself into the squat, raise your arms to the height of your shoulders. As you push to back to a standing position lower your arms.
The Superman (or “Superman”)
The Superman is a great exercise that works your lower back and doesn’t require any equipment. To perform, lay on your stomach with your arms stretched above your head. Lift your legs and arms a few inches off the ground and hold it for at least 5 seconds. That’s it! Repeat for 10-15 reps.
Rows provide a stable position wonderful for working your arms, shoulders, and mid-back muscles. To perform hold a dumbbell that is a comfortable weight, rest the hand with the weight on your thigh, and use your other hand to place it on a bench in front of you. Lean forward, with your knees bent, bend your elbow and lift the weight towards your armpit, after you lift it, lower it back down. Repeat 10-15 reps.
Cycling is one of the most beneficial cardio exercises on the planet, but what if we tried cycling with no cycle? Yes, it’s possible! To perform, lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet placed on the floor. Place your hands next to your ears. Lift one leg at a time off the floor, curling your torso upwards and touching the opposite elbow to the lifted knee at the height of the lift. Repeat this on the other side and rotate sides after each set. Try this for 30-60 seconds and increase timing from there. Note: You’ll definitely “feel the burn” in your abs!
These push-ups will get you that toned chest and triceps combo that you’re looking for. To perform, lay on the floor in your traditional push-up position. Keep your head in-line with your spine, and lift one leg about 6 inches away from the ground. Perform about 6 to 10 push-ups, and then switch which foot is lifted in the air and repeat. You can take a break in between as needed and try for 10 reps and increase from there.
There you have it folks 5 simple workouts for home your gyms! Enjoy!