5 SIMPLE STRENGTH MOVES YOU CAN DO AT HOME
There are so many reasons getting to the gym can be a challenge- whether you're a new parent, have a hectic schedule or just snowed in! Life can easily get in the way, but there's no need to for it to interrupt your strength training. Here's five strength exercises you can do at home that don't require any equipment!
These will fire up your arms quick and fast! Be sure to exhale as you come up and inhale as you lower - this will help keep your abs in and your belly tight as you do the exercise. Take four counts to go up and four counts to come down. Do 3 sets of 10 reps.
There's no better way to tone your arms than a regular press up. Make sure your abs are engaged through out and your neck stays in line with the rest of your spine. You can do that by keeping your gaze just a couple of inches in front of your finger tips. Exhale as you push up to help! Lower onto your knees if it gets intense, just make sure you are keeping your abs engaged still. Do 3 sets of 15 reps.
These might be our fave! Find a ottoman, coffee table or chair and set yourself up in the position you see above. Keep your abs engaged and your face relaxed (it's really easy to grip your jaw during this exercise). Do 3 sets of 12 reps.
Don't underestimate the power of a plank. This full body engaging exercise gets your stability muscles fired up good and proper! Make sure your hips are dipping below your shoulders or raised up higher than them. You ideally want everything in one line. Scoop your belly in and press your heals back to keep your legs engaged also. Hold for anywhere between 30 seconds and two minutes.
Doing squats in second position is great for your outer thigh muscles and your butt - toning them nicely. You can place your hands out on your hips or out in front or you. Make sure you keep your belly scooped in and your shoulders relaxed. Do 3 sets of 20 reps.
What are some of your go to workout moves at home? Share them with us in the comments below.
*Please note these instructions are very basic guides. If you are new to exercise, please find a local gym near you and get some instruction from a local professional before attempting to workout alone. We cannot be held responsible for an injury caused by following these instructions.