Exercising at home is by far the easiest way to stay in shape.
It can probably never replace a good workout in a gym.
But there’s no reason why you can’t get a vigorous full body workout if you are willing to invest in a set of dumbbells, a pull-up bar and a mat.
If you were wondering what workout moves to do or how to do them, then here are our recommendations for 5 beginner friendly home workouts. We are not going to be explaining how to perform the move. Exercises are better understood when you watch them. So, YouTube is going to be your friend.
Equipment: Good form and your will power
The humble push up uses multiple muscle groups like your shoulders, your arms, your chest and your core. When done with good form, there’s no better upper body workout that relies on your body weight. If this is the first time you are doing push-ups and you find that you are struggling, you can start with your knees on the floor.
Equipment: Pull up bar
The pull up is a compound upper body movement that mainly targets your back muscles. But that’s not all. You will also be working out on your shoulders, arm and core. Have you ever seen the famed V-taper that bodybuilders and athletes sport? The pull-up is your shortcut to it. Once you start to do more than 10 pull-ups in a set, it’s time to add weights to the movement. Use all the variations of the hand grips. Reverse grip will target your biceps, overhand grip for the triceps and wide front grip for the lats.
Overhead Shoulder press
Equipment: Dumbbells or Resistance bands
The overhead shoulder press is called the granddaddy of shoulder exercises. It will sculpt those shoulder muscles and with the right diet, make them pop out. While the exercise is best performed with a barbell, there’s a way to do them with dumbbells and also with resistance bands. Check for the appropriate version on YouTube. During the movement, if you feel that you are using the body more than what’s necessary, then you can do it seated on a bench or a flat surface. Ensure that you keep your back straight.
Squats, along with deadlifts are the most important weight bearing exercises that you can ever perform. It targets the entire body with the legs getting the bulk of the attention. When performed with good form, there’s no better full body workout movement at home. Once again, you can do it with barbells or dumbbells or even a resistance band. Once you are able to control the movement when you lift and when you go down, you can progress to a barbell squat which is more challenging.
This one is a relatively easy strength building exercise that also targets your deltoids and traps. Unlike some of the other moves, you don’t have to rack your brains about the form. Just ensure that you stand up straight and walk with a straight back. That’s it!