Did you know that "Getting In Shape" is the number one New Years Resolution for over 70% of Americans? More importantly, of those 70%, not even half get past January before they stop going to the gym. Well, fear not my fellow comrades cause I'm gonna give you your no-nonsense, no excuse way to get in shape this year without ever leaving your apartment. This way, you can't even use the bad weather excuse for why you didn't go to the gym this Winter.
I'm gonna turn your apartment into a gym without a Bowflex! Here are 5 great exercises you can do in your home.
1. The Dirty Dozen - I learned this in college from a frat brother who thought he was Paul "Mr. Wonderful" Orndorff.
So, you start with one regular push-up, then stand up and do a push-up against the wall at a 45 degree angle. Then, quickly jump back to the floor and do 2 push-ups then jump up and do 2 push-ups against the wall and repeat in this way- 3/3, 4/4, 5/5, till you get to 12! Don't rest too much in between and try to knock this out in under 3 minutes. This is a great exercise to do at home and you will definitely see results.
2. The Perfect Pull-Up
This is great for pull-ups & chin-ups and fits on any standard door frame. Actually, I prefer the knock-off version called The Iron Gym. You can grab it on-line or at any Bed, Beth, & Beyond. Even if you don't use it, your guests will still think you do.
3. Climb the stairs
Remember those things that exist in your building or place of work that are to be used only in case of an emergency? That's right, stairs. Climbing stairs is a great way to tone your legs and butt while getting a great cardio workout at the same time. Even if you have only one flight, no problem! Tip: try alternating single stepping with double stepping to work the different muscle groups in your legs (i.e. one flight single, one flight double) and you'll have the tush you've always wanted in no time!
4. Toilet Squats
Toilets aren't just for texting on your blackberry. They're also for motivating you to do more squats than you've ever done before- another great way to tone up your legs and butt. Pick up the lid and the seat (that's right, both of them) and knock out a few sets of 10-12 squats. Get down as close as you can to the rim of the toilet without touching it- this will ensure that you have proper form and are getting the most from each squat. Your motivation: not touching that rim. Want extra motivation: try this in a public toilet!
5. Re-arrange everything in your place!
This is a great alternative to you and friend fighting through traffic to get to the 6:00pm spin class. Also, it's a great way to make some quick and easy changes in your place. Step 1- invite a friend. Step 2- pick a room that can use some sprucing. Step 3- make a gameplan (i.e. sofa here, coffee table there, etc.) and give yourself a time constraint. The key: using proper form so you don't get hurt (see example above- Barack- great form, knees bent, head straight. Other dude... he's not lifting anything yet but it sure looks like those knees are locked). Disclaimer: The Guy in 2A is not responsible for any injuries associated with this post.
And if you act now I'll throw in this bonus workout video!!!