It happens. You find yourself without access to a gym, without access to workout equipment, and with limited means. Maybe you got #3moremonths (sorry, California).
You can still do this. Your workout gains need not stop, nor be pushed aside and forgotten. We’re just going to have to get creative.
Can you get a good workout at home?
Yes. But you might have to change your goals a bit. I’m not convinced that you’ll make big gains on your goal of squatting 300 lbs without heavy weights. But, you can keep strengthening your quads, glutes–and everything else–using body-weight exercises, sufficient reps, and keeping your muscles under a fair amount of time in tension.
I have a goal of dunking a basketball and have been advancing towards my goal using the following weekly workout plan. The workout sessions balance a fair amount of push/pull activities and leave my muscles feeling fatigued… and my spirit feeling good. Hope the same happens for you.
All of these workouts are body-weight only. I offer some variations using low weights here.
What are some good at-home workouts?
Monday and Thursday: Upper-body workout
|Push ups||5 sets of 10 reps. Rest 20 seconds between sets.|
|Supermans||3 sets of 10 reps. Rest 20 seconds between sets.|
|Plank rotations||5 sets of 10 reps. Rest 20 seconds between sets.|
|Door pulls||5 sets of 10 reps. Rest 20 seconds between sets.|
|Air punches||5 sets of 50 punches (25 each arm). Rest 20.|
|Overhead punches||5 sets of 50 punches (25 each arm). Rest 20.|
|Arm circles||5 sets of 50 reps. Rest 20.|
Here’s the workout in action:
Tuesday and Friday: Lower-body workout
|Bodyweight squats||5 sets of 10 reps. Rest 20 seconds between sets.|
|Lunges||3 sets of 10 reps. Rest 20 seconds between sets. (1 rep = lunge with both legs)|
|(Assisted) pistol squats||3 sets of 6 reps. Rest 20 seconds between sets.|
|Single-leg Romanian deadlift||3 sets of 10 reps on each leg. Rest 20.|
|Hip thrusts||5 sets of 10 thrusts. Rest 20.|
|Calf raises||3 sets of 20 reps. Rest 20.|
Wednesday and Saturday
Play your game. Meaning: have some physical fun. For me, that means doing some hikes, plyometrics and shooting some hoops.
The great part about these routines is that they can be dropped in to other programs. I’m currently training for maximizing my vertical jump (going to get that DUNK). So I perform these routines on the days I’m not doing plyometrics and jump technique.
Hope they workout for you was well as they have for me!