I’m sure everybody reading this has seen plenty of articles/blogs about exercising at home. I’ve decided to write a quick post showing a few of my favorite exercises using my very simple equipment. You don’t need a fancy home gym; you only need a small area of open floor space, a sturdy laundry basket, and a couple dumbbells (optional).
There is an endless amount of exercises you can do at home so feel free to experiment. Just Google “exercises at home” or something similar and you will see what I am talking about. I took a few pictures of myself while exercising today to better illustrate a few of my favorite at home exercises.
To start, grab your laundry basket/chair/couch and do some simple step-ups. Step onto the platform with one leg and bring the other up toward your chest. Step back down onto the ground and repeat. I won’t tell you how many repetitions to do because that is a based on personal preference, but I do about 3 sets of 15-20.
A simple step-up.
Lunges are another great at home work out for the lower body. Simply step forward with one leg and lower your self toward the floor. Push back up once your knee is almost touching the floor. Do the same with the other leg. Again, I do about 3 sets of 20 reps (10 each leg).
Lunges can be done with or without dumbbells.
Next, I’ll show a few upper body workouts. I like to begin with dumbbell chest press. Again I utilize my laundry basket for this exercise. Grab a dumbbell in each hand and lie down with your back on the basket and your feet on the ground, then lower the dumbbells until your elbows are at about 90 degrees, or a little further, and press them back up. I do about 3 sets of 10-15, depending on the weight being used.
Using the laundry basket again for dumbbell chest press.
Next, stay in the same place and switch to a dumbbell fly. This requires that you lower the dumbbells out to your sides, and pull them back up to center. Again, 3 sets of 10-15 for me depending on weight.
Dumbbell chest fly.
Finally, I use a laundry basket/chair/couch/bed to do some triceps dips. Place your hands on the edge of a solid surface and outstretch your legs. Lower your body down until your elbows are at about 90 degrees and press yourself back up. I prefer to do about 3 or 4 sets of 25-30.
Using the laundry basket for dips.
There are so many more exercises you can do, but I just wanted to illustrate some of my favorites. As I said, you only need the simplest of equipment to work out at home. I also included dumbbell curls, dumbbell shrugs, body weight squats, and ab exercises to finish off a short workout today.