7 Exercises You Can Do From Home
With the seriously apocalyptic amount of rain we’ve been getting in Tampa, half of our roads are underwater. Needless to say, this Tampa weather has been less than ideal. Unless you’ve got a kayak or canoe handy, it might be tough for you to get to the gym. Just because Kennedy, Swann Ave., Bayshore Blvd. Westshore and Dale Mabry are basically all closed, doesn’t mean you can’t squeeze a great work out into your schedule. Check out these 7 workouts you can do from the comfort of your own home to get your daily burn in!
1. Bridge & Opposite Arm-Leg Reach
How to: Lie down with your right knee bent, right foot on the floor, and left leg extended upwards. Reach up with your right arm keeping your left arm at your side. Keeping hips still, lift your bent leg to the right and raised arm to the left. Now, concentrating on your abs, return your raised leg and arm to the center. Do 10-12 reps, then switch sides and repeat.
2. Lower Ab Leg Reach
Works: Abs and Obliques
How to: Lie down with knees bent 90 degrees. Keep knees positioned over hips, lift from your shoulders and do a crunch. Hold for 5 seconds. Extend legs and hold for 5 seconds while squeezing lower abs. Do 2 sets of 10-15 reps.
3. Knee Lift & Kick
Works: Outer-leg muscles and obliques.
How to: Lie on your right side, supported by your right elbow and tricep on the floor. With a slight bend in your knees, position your legs parallel to one another. Lift the top leg up, keeping it in line with your other leg, then lowering it. Straighten both legs, falling into a small split position, with the right leg split a few inches in front of the other. Hover your leg 2 inches over the floor then go back to your starting position.
Do 30-40 reps, then switch sides and repeat.
4. Squat & Side Kick
Works: Legs and Glutes
How to: Start with your feet hip-width apart. Lower your legs to a half-squat. Raise right knee to hip level, then kick it out to the side into a fully straightened position. Pull your knee back in, and return to starting position. Do 10 reps on each leg. Do 3 sets.
5. Booty Burn
Works: Glutes and Thigh Muscles
How to: Start with your hands under your shoulders. Bend your right knee to a 90 degree angle and lift that leg up and out to the side, like a dog peeing on a fire hydrant. Do 30 reps on each leg.
6. Incline Plank
Works: Triceps, Biceps, Chest, Core, Quads, Hamstrings and Butt
How to: Sit with your legs stretched out. Put your hands on the ground slightly behind your waist. Straighten both legs and press your heels and palms into the ground. Lift your hips up forming a straight line from head to toe. Lift your left leg straight up as high as possible, and then lower your leg without breaking form. Do 4 reps on each side.
7. Incline Push-up
Works: Shoulders and Arms
How to: Get into a push-up position with your hands on a raised surface like a coffee table, ottoman or the steps of your stairs but with your feet on the floor. The higher the elevated surface, the easier the exercise is. Do 15 reps.
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