The Gymless Workout: Get Your Reps In At Home
By Author Name
Dec 17, 2018
Updated Oct 25, 2023
5 min read
Disclaimer: Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program.
Maybe a gym isn’t a part of your routine because it’s snowing, you’re traveling, stuck at the house or simply trying to save some extra money. Hey, we get it! But don’t let that stop you from getting an excellent workout right here at home. It may take a little determination and creativity, but we’ve laid out a handful of alternatives to get your sweat on without any need for a membership.
For each of the following exercises, start with three to five rounds of 15-20 reps each. Give yourself short 15-second breaks in between each exercise.
It’s an oldie but a goodie for building upper body strength and bulking up chest and arm muscles. But here’s the thing: There is a right way to do a perfect pushup.
If this is too challenging, try starting the pushups on your knees. Or, if floor pushups aren’t challenging enough, raise your feet up on your bed or a chair and try it that way!
Here’s a little something you might not know: Squats are good for more than just your legs! They’re also a great way to build muscles in your back and core. Hello, improved posture! Squats are an exercise that does a lot and only requires a little room to do it. Your studio apartment just became a fitness studio.
No, this exercise won’t actually require outdoor gear (although we’re also fans of getting outside and active). Mountain climbers are a challenging full-body workout that push everything from your deltoids and biceps to your hamstrings and hip abductors. It’s like the Swiss army knife of strength and cardio training.
As the name implies, all you need is our old four-legged friend: the chair. The chair dip is a convenient and challenging tricep and back workout that builds strength and stamina.
Who knew chairs could be used for so much more than sitting?
Working out should make you feel good down to your core. And crunches can help you strengthen that core.
Stretch out for five minutes after completing your circuits and then feel free to cheer, give yourself a pat on the back or attempt a self-five. You did it!
It’s all too easy to let your exercise routine fall by the wayside. But let’s face it — a big part of an active lifestyle is actively pushing yourself to actually do it. All it takes is a handful of simple exercises and a little initiative. And we’ve given you the first part!
So get going and tell us how you stay fit outside of the gym in the comments below.