Home workout: no equipment required

What can we do when we can’t go to the gym?

In response to the growing coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, state and federal governments have closed all ‘non-essential’ services, including churches, restaurants and gyms.

This has come on top of to strict social distancing and self-quarantine rules.

It’s an unprecedented time for the entire world and our lives will be changed for the foreseeable future. But that’s why it’s so important to stay physically and mentally fit.

If we can’t get to the gym, we can at least do our best to work out at home. Letting our physical and mental health suffer will only exacerbate things.

At Life Fitness, we recently launched Digital Coach, a new on-demand, at-home workout service that works on any device. You can get started with your first Workout of the Day at https://go.lifefitness.com/wod. Access is available for free and for a limited time.

We’ve also put together a list of exercises (with some video examples) you can do at home with minimal equipment. If you have a set of dumbbells or kettlebells at home, that’s great; if not, you can still get most of these done.

Start with 3 sets of 10 and, depending on your experience level, progress from there.

It might take some time to get used to but time is something a lot of people have at the moment. Stick with it and you can still get a great workout at home.

Body part home workout

Legs

Body weight or dumbbell squats

Body weight or dumbbell lunges

Walking lunges

Dumbbell Romanian deadlifts

Chest

Push-ups

Dips between chairs

Decline push-ups (legs elevated)

Back

Dumbbell rows

Supermans

Inverted bodyweight row using table

Chin-ups (if possible)

Shoulders

Dumbbell side raises

Dumbbell front raises

Incline push-ups (upper body elevated on stairs or chair)

Arms

Close-hand push-ups

Triceps dips between chairs/benches

Dumbbell/kettlebell curls

Dumbbell/kettlebell triceps extensions

Abdominals

Sit-ups/Crunches

Planks

Swiss ball sit-ups

Cardio

Skipping rope

Walking

Running

Cycling

HIIT sprint/jog

Box jumps onto bench

Burpees

And remember, you can use these exercises with almost all of the training techniques we’ve written about elsewhere: supersets,  drop sets, circuit training, cluster sets etc. Be creative and don’t give up.

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