5 OF THE BEST EXERCISES TO TRY AT HOME
At home or in the gym
So I know we’ve been stuck at home for the best part of the last year so some of you may be itching to just work out in the gym or get back to those classes on May 17th. But if you have found you’re more comfortable working out at home and don’t have plans to head back to classes give my 5 best exercises to try at home a go!
From standing position, drop hands to the floor and kick feet back, so you’re in plank position. Hop your feet back to center and return to standing.
Start in high plank position. Place your right elbow under your right shoulder, then left elbow under your left shoulder, so you’re in low plank position. Make sure to keep your shoulders stacked over your wrists. Press back up to high plank position, starting with your right arm. Repeat, rotating leading arms each time.
3. Mountain Climbers
Now this is an exercise commonly done incorrectly. When done correctly this is a great exercise for your core & upper body as well as getting your heart rate sky high.
Start in a plank position with arms and legs long. Keep your abs pulled in and your body straight. Squeeze your glutes and pull your shoulders away from your ears. Pull your right knee into your chest. As the knee draws to the chest, pull your abs in even tighter to be sure your body doesn’t sag or come out of its plank position. Quickly switch and pull the left knee in. At the same time you push your right leg back, pull your left knee in to the chest using the same form. Continue to switch knees. Pull the knees in right, left, right, left—always switching simultaneously so that you are using a running motion.
4. Burpees (Everyone’s favourite)
Start in a deep squat with your legs wider than shoulder-width apart, toes slightly turned out. Reach forward to place your hands on the floor right beside your ribcage. Kick your legs straight out behind you and immediately lower your entire body down to the ground, bending at the elbows. Use your arms to quickly push your body back up, and bring your legs back to the starting position. Stand up and that is one rep. To make this exercise harder there are a number of variations try taking the exercise to chest to floor.
Start standing with feet a little wider than shoulder-width apart and arms at your sides. Hop to the right with your right foot and sweep left foot behind right leg. Swing arms in front of right knee as you shift to the side in a skating motion. Immediately jump to the left with your left foot, letting right foot sweep behind left leg. Continue alternating sides. The bigger you can make the lateral jump the harder you are going to be working. Start small and as you become more comfortable with the exercise increase that range.
Try incorporating these 5 exercises into any of your home workouts. Try each exercise for 30 seconds before moving onto the next. If you’ve gone back to the gym add these exercises to a little bodyweight finisher to get your heart rate super high and to increase your calorie burn for the session.
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