This time of year can wreak havoc on any well-to-do exercise routine. From holiday parties overflowing with the excess of alcohol, appetizers, and desserts to the oh-so-cold winter blues… each presents its own set of challenges and can make getting to the gym or outside to exercise a difficult if not impossible endeavor.
Keeping all of this in mind, set yourself up for success by planning some at-home workout time with these few moves. It keeps you on track with you rhealth goals no matter the winter circumstances and can be done without any fancy equipment.
This is by far one of the best exercises you can do. It’s fully body and challenging in several ways including balance, coordination, strength, and conditioning. If I could only prescribe you one exercise for the rest of your life, it would be this one. It’s incredibly versatile and can be adapted in many ways to fit your goals and fitness level.
The squat will forever be one of the best movements you can do. Whether you want to build strength, power, or just burn a ton of calories and blast fat – this movement is for you. And the best part about the Bodyweight Squat is that it can be adapted to all fitness levels and intensity levels. Just getting started or need to take it easy? Go for the beginner Bodyweight Squat. In a mood for a challenge? Good luck with a set of the advanced Pistol Squats!
So you think you’re too good for the ol’ push-up? Think again! The intermediate level Spider Push-up and advanced Bodyweight Fly will challenge even the most buff bro or badass babe. In terms of bodyweight exercises, nothing is performed more than the Push-up and it’s for good reason. It hits just about everything when done correctly! From chest, triceps, shoulders, abs, and glutes – it’s a full body workout and there are dozens of variations to keep it challenging and interesting for every fitness level.
The glute bridge is one of my favorite exercises because it emphasizes a muscle group most of us take for granted and so rarely ever actually engage. As a personal trainer, 9 out of 10 clients I get have glute weakness. I even have it (but I’m working on it) with Glute Bridges and all these fun variations. The Single Leg Glute Bridges are far harder than they look. Try doing a set of 12-15 while keeping your hips level. Oh yeah… that burns.
The basic plank gets a bad wrap. Everyone thinks they are too good for the plank. That’s what I thought too until I started doing them correctly and on a regular basis for more than 30s. Much harder than they look, especially after doing exercises 1 – 4. Good thing for you we have some intermediate and advanced variations that will keep you interested and no doubt challenge the best abs and strongest cores among you! If you’re feeling frisky try the Mission Impossible Plank. Just be sure to put on sunglasses and a black leather jacket when you do it.