Non Equipment Workout Exercise
Non equipment workouts
Perform this workout 2 or 3 nonconsecutive days a week, making sure to warm up with 5 or 10 minutes of light cardio and end your workout with a stretch.
Beginners: Do each exercise for 1 set of 15 to 20 repetitions.
Intermediates: Do each exercise for 2 or more sets of 15 to 20 repetitions, with short rest periods between sets.
Advanced: Do each exercise for 3 or more sets of 15 to 20 repetitions, with short rest periods between sets.
Make these exercises more challenging by:
(1) Using only one limb at a time, such as doing one legged squats, one arm push-ups, etc.
(2) Taking a full 10 seconds for each repetition. Don't lock the joints.
(3) Concentrate on the muscle you're working.
Pushups - On knees or toes, place hands about 6 inches wider than your shoulders. Inhale as you lower your body towards the floor, maintaining a straight line from head to toe. Exhale as you push your body back up. Don't sink in the middle or pike your buttocks in the air and only lower your body until your shoulders are in line with your elbows.
Squats - Place your feet shoulder width apart, abs pulled in. Squat down slowly as you sit back on your heels keeping good posture with chest up, shoulders back, and chin level. Lower as far as you can, keeping knees behind the toes and not going below 90 degrees. Tip: place a chair behind you and act like you're about to sit down, pulling up before actually sitting.
Lunges - Stand in a split stance, holding onto a chair for balance (if needed). With weight evenly distributed over each foot, slowly lower towards the floor. Keep both knees at 90 degree angles, and do not allow the front knee to extend over the toe. Push through the heel, contract the glutes and push up without locking the knees.
Walking Lunges - Stand with feet together and take a giant step forward, lowering into a lunge and keeping knees at 90 degree angles. Push up and step forward with other leg. Alternate legs for one+ laps around the room.
Standing Side Leg Lift - Stand with feet hip distance apart, holding onto a chair for balance (if needed). Slowly lift right leg out to the side, keeping hip, knee, ankle and toes all in alignment, foot flexed. Raise leg about 2 feet, squeeze glute and slowly lower back down without relaxing the muscle. Repeat and then switch legs. Be sure to keep the standing leg slightly bent.
Dips - Sit on chair or bench and place hands next to hips. Move hips in front of chair and bend elbows, lowering body until elbows are at 90 degrees. Keep shoulders down and butt close to chair.
Back Extensions - Lie face down with hands either behind the back or lightly cradling the head. Lift upper body off the ground a few inches, keeping head and neck in alignment. For a challenge, lift feet off the ground keeping legs straight (knees don't have to be together), hold for 2-4 counts.
Heel Drops - Stand on a step, bench or platform (you might need to hold onto a chair or the wall for balance). Take one foot and hang it off the side of the step. Bend the standing knee and lower into a one-legged squat, lowering the heel towards the floor. Be sure to keep the standing knee behind the toe.
Calf Raises - Stand on a step or on the floor, holding onto a chair for balance (if needed). Slowly push up onto the tips of your toes, contracting the calves. Lower back down without relaxing and repeat.
Rear Deltoid Fly - With feet hip-width apart, tip from the hips until back is flat and parallel to the floor, abs braced. Lift the arms straight out to the sides to shoulder level with thumbs pointing up to the ceiling. Lower and repeat. Add light weights for intensity...if this hurts your shoulders, skip it!
Oblique Abs - Sit with legs bent, back straight, arms extended straight out in front of you. Contract the abs and sweep right arm down and behind you in a half-circle motion, leaning the torso back a few inches. Sit back up and repeat on other side.
Jumping Jacks - Start with your legs side by side and your arms by your side. In one motion jump and spread your legs out to the side while your arms raise out and up over your head. Land in this position and then return to the starting.
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