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Life Hacks #2: home gym circuit

Note: If you’re a person who decorates with a lot of knick knacks or don’t have at least one room in your house with a lot of space, this may not work.

We have considered joining a gym several times over the years. There are several near our home and a couple of them would be easy to join without breaking the bank. The problem is that our life and schedule doesn’t offer the consistency I prefer to be able to get to the gym every day. I went to a really great boot camp workout group that meets once a week, but it was far and once again our schedule interfered with my ability to continue going.

However, we have a lot of exercise equipment in our house, and it occurred to me recently that we could do a rough approximation of what we did at the boot camp workout right here at home.

What we (my 3 big girls and I) did was set up 6 stations in various spaces of the front living room, which is tastefully but pretty sparsely decorated. The stations were:

  • Battle ropes (use husband’s 100lb dumbbells as anchor)
  • Abs
  • Squats
  • Jumping jacks
  • Biceps
  • Triceps

Each station was set up with two sets of dumbbells or kettle bells to accommodate various strength levels. There’s a mat set up in the abdominals corner. Everyone starts at a different station, and you go around the room from one to the other until you’ve done 3 full circuits. It takes about 30 minutes, and we’re done by 6:30 AM.

If you don’t have the space (backyard or patio can work, too) or the equipment, it just might be easier to go to the gym. I just don’t have room in my life for that at the moment.


5 thoughts on “Life Hacks #2: home gym circuit”

  1. I don’t have the room in my house… but go you!

    Remind me to tell you the latest evil move from Coach Jo. It requires merely some dumbbells.


  2. Triceps Extensions on floor: lie on back on floor, knees bent. Dumbbells should be in hands, near ears. One end on the ground, cover your ears with your fists (dumbbell straight up and down – does this make sense?) Elbows held as closely to your body as possible, perpendicular from floor/body.

    Now straighten your elbows, so that arms are straight. Drop back to original spot. Repeat. We did two sets of 20. Works triceps, biceps and core. At least *I* felt it in my core. Of course my core was good and tired at that point.

    You don’t need a lot of weight for this. 10lb was fine for me.


  3. Oh, yeah! We do those. You make it even more difficult by doing runs of 40 (alternating 20 on each arm) relatively fast. Or as many as you can with good form.


  4. You make it even more difficult by doing it last after lifting weights…. 😀 We always do core last, which makes it harder.

    Barbell rollouts are good too. You don’t have to start at the epic version, just kneel and roll out as far as you can go with core control, then roll it back with more core (not arms).


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