Sooo I’m super cheap. I don’t have a gym membership because of this. I mean, I invest in my yoga studio, since it’s a total steal when you go 1+ times a day, but can’t bring myself to do the whole fancy gym thing. I also hate buying gym equipment in general, like to keep at home. I have one dumbbell (because why buy two when you can alternate?), and that’s pretty much it. There’s a gym in my building (thank god!), so if I’m desperate I’ll go there.
For this reason, I’m constantly looking for great workouts that I can do at home with no equipment. The broke girl’s workout, as I like to call it.
I’m a big fan of workouts that use your body as the equipment, rather than weights or machines for other reasons as well. Mainly, it’s a more organic way of pushing ourselves. After all, our bodies are the best tools we have.
I’m also always SO busy, and would never ever give up my hour of daily yoga (yea yea I know I know), so that leaves approximately -10 hours of free time in my day for an intense workout. I keep my high intensity workouts to 30 minutes or less, 3-5 times per week.
This is one of my favorite workouts because 1. It requires zero equipment 2. It’s only 15 minutes and 3. It’s tough but fun to do!
Okay, so I do each move for 30 seconds, and rotate around the four moves 4 times. So I do move 1 (30 sec), move 2 (30 sec), move 3 (30 sec), move 4 (30 sec), rest (30-60 sec), move 1 (30 sec), move 2 (30 sec),….. I rest for 30-60 seconds between each set of 4 moves.
MOVE 1: Kick and Squat
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, hands behind your head, and elbows out to the sides. Bend your knees and sit back as far as you can. Push back to start, then kick your right leg in front of you, foot flexed. That’s one rep. Repeat, kicking with your left leg, and continue alternating.
MOVE 2: Jumping Lunges
Step forward with your left foot and lower into a lunge. Jump straight up off the floor, swinging your arms forward and switching your legs in midair, like scissors. Land in a lunge with your right leg forward. That’s one rep.
MOVE 3: Stacked-Foot Pushups
Get into a pushup position and place one foot on top of the other so that only the lower one supports your body. Lower yourself until your chest nearly touches the floor. Pause at the bottom, and then push back to the starting position.
MOVE 4: Cross-Over Mountain Climbers
Get into a pushup position with your arms straight. Bring your right knee toward your left elbow, return to start, and then bring your left knee to your right elbow. Continue alternating legs at a fast pace.
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