This is a quick upper body workout - no weights required! If you want to increase the intensity, grab a set of 2 to 3 pound weights for the second portion of this workout.
All you need for this workout is two resistance bands: a heavy (or heavier) band and a light (or lighter band). If you have a yoga mat, I would also roll that out.
Tackle this total body workout in just 5 minutes! No equipment required.
If you have more time (I bet you do), try it 2-3x through with a 3-minute break between rounds. Leave a comment below and let me know what you think!
This is a GREAT workout to do, well all the time, but particularly if you're traveling, or squeezing in a workout at home where you have minimal equipment. All you need for this one is your own body and an (optional) yoga mat. We'll work every muscle group in a short 20-minutes.
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For many of them, you don't need a thing, but below is a list of the equipment that I do use, when I'm not just focused on exercises that use your own bodyweight. Grab these items and you have yourself a complete home (BodyLove approved) gym for under $100.
Yoga Mat ($21)
This is probably the most basic (and least necessary) piece of equipment. But, it does add a certain level of comfort to your workouts and prevents your sweat from dripping all over your shiny hardwood floors or freshly cleaned carpet.
Mini Stability Ball ($7)
I live in a tiny one bedroom apartment and don't have space for one of those ginormous full-size stability balls. I love this mini version (just 10 inches across). It's great for abdominal, glute, and inner-thigh work, and I find helps tremendously with form and alignment.
Free Weights ($30)
Having a set of three (light, medium, and heavy) free weights doesn't take up a lot of space, and can add a whole new list of exercises to your at-home workout routine. I recommend having a set of 3, 5, and 8 lb weights. You can always go heavier as you build strength!
Resistance Bands ($10)
Resistance bands are a great way to add even more weight to your workout without having to lug around heavier dumb bells or free weights. They are also light and compact, making them great to travel with.
Jump Rope ($6)
Like resistance bands, a jump rope is compact, and great for taking your workout to-go. Its a fun and simple way to add cardio into a basic strength training routine. Not to mention it also works your brain as you coordinate your arm and foot movements to get over the ropes.
Yoga Blocks (2 for $10)
While optional, yoga blocks are great for restorative yoga stretches, or modifying exercises that might require more flexibility.
Ankle Weights ($12)
The 80s are back! I know you might feel corny strapping on a pair of ankle weights, but they area great way to add some extra resistances to glute and thigh work we do on the mat. If you're traveling, these can double as hand weights.
Washcloths or Paper Plates (FREE)
I love using towels (or plates if you're on carpet) to add a gliding element to my workouts. These moves really allow you to challenge your core and abdominal muscles. See what I mean here in my 15-minute Total Body Towel Workout.
And there you have it! Grand total of $96* at-home gym!
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While crunches have their place in a workout routine, I've found that the best core exercises typically don't involve them. The following (printable!) workout is designed to engage your whole core, that means your abs, back, and glutes, without a single crunch. Don't be fooled - this workout is still challenging. Give it a try, and then let me know how you liked it!
This 15-minute good morning stretch is the perfect way to start the day. Pair it with a short meditation, a huge glass of water, (and coffee or tea), and you'll be unstoppable. All you need is a lacrosse or tennis ball, and a set of yoga blocks (optional if you have tight hamstrings).
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This workout is designed to work every muscle group in your body with as little impact as possible. That means no moving up and down from the floor and no (required) jumping or hopping. This is a great workout if you are new to exercising or at a time in your life where you might need some modifications, like pregnancy. Of course, make sure you are cleared to exercise before giving it a try.
Because this workout is way more fun when your body is moving to some music, I've created a complementary Spotify playlist. The video will prompt you when to press play and then you are good to go!
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This 20-minute workout is designed to work your entire body using one single piece of equipment: the towel. You'll need a medium- large size towel for this workout (and a hard-wood or tile floor). Using the towel allows you to keep maximum points of contact with the ground, helping you engage your core and feel the opposition needed in each exercise to build balance and strength. If you like the workout, make sure to subscribe to my channel.
As always I offer plenty of modifications so give it your best shot and let me know what you thought in the comments below.