Going to the gym just isn’t for everyone. I know many of my friends who just can’t get into it, and would much rather workout at home, outdoors or follow a class instead. And that’s, of course, lovely ladies, totally okay! For each, their own. If you’re more comfortable working out at home, then check out this full body workout where the only equipment you need is yourself.
I actually have to admit that this is reminiscent of when I just started getting into fitness. I remember being 14 years old or so, and looking online for any video I could find that had exercises that I could do right in my bedroom. I used to do tricep dips off the side of my bed, push ups and crunches to start off my mornings and countless jumping jacks. Running wasn’t possible for me since my issues with my knees prevent me from doing so, so I made sure to put together a routine that got my heart racing while also making me stronger. And that’s exactly the type of full body workout that I’m going to share with you now!
I guess you can say that this has a sort of ‘circuit training’ style to it. What you need to do is perform as many reps as you can for each exercise for one whole minute without losing your form. There is a total of 7 exercises, and you should repeat this cycle twice.
We’re going to start off immediately raising your heart rate. Remember to always keep your form tight, and your abs engaged as you do these moves. How many burpees can you do in one minute? Time to find out!
- Jumping Jacks
- High Knees
These three exercises are going to really target your core strength, your shoulders, your quads and your chest. They’re all about control, so you have to use all your stabilizing muscles to properly do them. It’s pretty common knowledge that the plank is one of the best ways to strengthen your core. This added twist to it, just adds an extra challenge and emphasizes your obliques. You’re going to use your oblique muscles to really lift your knee towards your arms.
- Mountain climbers
- Plank (knee to elbow)
- Push ups
Round things off with a a few wall sits. Stand shoulder width apart against a wall, and slowly lower yourself till your legs create a 90 degree angle. Hold this position for 20 seconds, then take a 10 second break. Do this 3x.
Repeat all 7 exercises twice, and then you’re all done! Remember to stretch your muscles out after you complete it. I like to use this as an alternative to going to the gym, but it’s also a good way to mix up your usual routine! It’s also easy like this to track your progress, so note down how many reps is possible for you within that minute, and watch the number go up as you keep at this full body workout. Good luck!
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