Living-room work outs

Living-room work outs

21 posts
22 June 2010
So the air con is broken at my gym, which basically means that it's a sauna today. My knees are too bad to go running in the lovely weather so I've taken to doing living-room workouts.

I've mainly been doing some tabata training and adding in some core strength work and finishing with various press ups.

What are your fave living-room workouts? Also, if you have any favourite resources, please share!

Posted 22 June 2010
I invested in a situp bench recently..£20 from argos
Posted 22 June 2010
RubyRosetta

I invested in a situp bench recently..£20 from argos

Do you use it a lot? I'm always a bit superstitous about buying exercise equipment-  it usually means I'll stop exercising after I get it. Like when people get their bf/gf/s name tattooed on them and then break up the next day....
Posted 22 June 2010
Anything on my swiss (gym) ball, free weight dumbells, resistance band and pull up bar wedged in the door, in whatever combo/solo.

I'm with you on the exercise equipment thing...but those are easy to use/put away and can be done whenever (i'd say during commercials but i haven't owned a TV/watched TV in years)

Posted 23 June 2010
Araneae
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I'm with yo on gym kit, sort of.
I bought my fella a rowing machine, that he's not unpacked from the box yet... 2 years ago!   I do have a LTT though, and I love it to bits.
I'm with TK though, swiss ball is great.  Its just so easy to use and you can do so much with it!

Though I also love my Wii Fit!
Posted 23 June 2010
dinesh
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dinesh
Don`t really need to buy any equipment, I`ve found that you can do plenty using your own body weight.

squats (thighs/calfes)
Star jumps (calfes)
Stomach crunches against the bed or couch. Yr feet over the bed, butt on the floor but right up against the edge of the bed. OR lie flat on yr back, raise yr legs up 12in off the floor & pretend to walk, great for abs.
Abs twists with a broom, put it behind yr head with hands holding the ends, then gently but full twist keeping yr feet firmly in one place.
Punching the air or shadow boxing, is an awesome areobic exercise, sounds easy but if it do it full on for a full minuite you will be tired.

All great aerobic exercise & they do work depending how much you put into them.

Posted 23 June 2010
Tidal_Kitten

 (i'd say during commercials but i haven't owned a TV/watched TV in years)


A bit off-topic, but we're telly-free as well... why do so many people think that its a bit freaky not to own one??!  I quite often get the: "But what do you do instead?! That's just WEIRD!" response when people find out...

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Posted 23 June 2010
dinesh

Don`t really need to buy any equipment, I`ve found that you can do plenty using your own body weight. squats (thighs/calfes) Star jumps (calfes) Stomach crunches against the bed or couch. Yr feet over the bed, butt on the floor but right up against the edge of the bed. OR lie flat on yr back, raise yr legs up 12in off the floor & pretend to walk, great for abs. Abs twists with a broom, put it behind yr head with hands holding the ends, then gently but full twist keeping yr feet firmly in one place. Punching the air or shadow boxing, is an awesome areobic exercise, sounds easy but if it do it full on for a full minuite you will be tired. All great aerobic exercise & they do work depending how much you put into them.



Agree to that, its similar to what I do, just stick on your favourite CD while doing it or even watch tv.

Recently I got a WII so my workout has been playing 'just dance' you should see me doing the cotton eyed joe, after 10 full songs I'm bloody shattered  
Posted 23 June 2010
leighmoore
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AndromedaX

A bit off-topic, but we're telly-free as well... why do so many people think that its a bit freaky not to own one??!  I quite often get the: "But what do you do instead?! That's just WEIRD!" response when people find out...

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OMG emoticonBut surely that means you and your partner have to talk... to... each... other... Argh! emoticon

Posted 23 June 2010
dinesh

Don`t really need to buy any equipment, I`ve found that you can do plenty using your own body weight. squats (thighs/calfes) Star jumps (calfes) Stomach crunches against the bed or couch. Yr feet over the bed, butt on the floor but right up against the edge of the bed. OR lie flat on yr back, raise yr legs up 12in off the floor & pretend to walk, great for abs. Abs twists with a broom, put it behind yr head with hands holding the ends, then gently but full twist keeping yr feet firmly in one place. Punching the air or shadow boxing, is an awesome areobic exercise, sounds easy but if it do it full on for a full minuite you will be tired. All great aerobic exercise & they do work depending how much you put into them.


Definitely - bw exercises are usually way more effective than half the stuff people do with equipment anyway.

Posted 23 June 2010
With your own body as resistance, you do reach a plateau though. But some people don't "train" long enough to reach it...or have no desire to reach that stage. (as for the TV thing...i think people are scared to call me weird or something. )
Posted 23 June 2010
But there's always a way to make things more difficult- when push ups get easy, jump yourself up and clap, or move your legs up onto something, or move your hands closer together, or do them one-handed...or get a weights vest So it'll be a while before you actually get to the stage where you needequipment to push yourself.
Posted 23 June 2010
Shev
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Shev
I am unable to even do one push up But I'm different with the equipment I've brought. I use it all, except for the spare gym mat that came with my gymball as I already had a larger one. I use different equipment on different day, so its not the same thing day in day out, as well as some circuits I've been putting in lately.
Posted 24 June 2010
Shev

I am unable to even do one push up 


It should be something to consider, seriously...above all the stuff you've bought (bar the swiss ball) as a push up works more than just your arms, you'll need to hold your core and depending on how you do a push up it'll work your pectorals, deltoids, traps and upper abs (especially if feet are raised on the centre of a swiss ball)

And yes, totally agree it'll take ages till you need equipment (although there are somethings folks can't do...e.g. jumping in between pressups due to a compound fracture or whatever inability that might show itself, so some equipment helps) most people won't admit to that though, must be psychological emoticon
Posted 24 June 2010
bulky
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I am getting annoyed of paying £900 a year for 2 of us to go to gym, tho I do like swimming, but sometimes we just can't go for a week or two but we still pay (bet some people know what I mean).
I don't do "normal" exercise at home usually, but I have Wii - which is def winner even if you don't use Fit system. "Just dance" makes my hubby sweat more than hour workout in the gym.

Also sex works.
Posted 24 June 2010
Edited by bulky 24 June 2010
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