The best exercises you can do at home

How to make your own circuit at home!

Getting to a gym isn’t always practical, you might struggle with time, or where you live, or it may just be out of your budget. Training at home is a great solution to all these problems.  Body weight exercises can be done anywhere and don’t have to be complicated.

The boring bit, what are you training for?

**If you want to go straight to the exercises scroll down**

There isn’t a BEST set of ‘exercises ‘that you can do at home.
You need to understand what you are training for.

Do you want to:

  1. tone up, lose fat?
  2. supplement your training for an event?
  3. train for recovery?
  4. Strengthen your core?
  5. Get a six pack?
  6. Prepare the legs before a ski trip?

All of this changes the way you should approach a home workout!

How to exercise at home to tone up and lose fat.

Is it 15 minutes in the evening you’re dedicating to a session or do you have an hour?

To tone up and lose fat you’re primarily going to be looking at a training session based around intensity and full body exercises (compound moves). You want to work up a sweat, get the heart racing, feel breathless all with a view of burning a maximum number of calories.

*Note: To lose weight, tone up, ‘burn fat’ you need to burn more calories than you take in. This circuit is a way to increase the number of calories you burn with a view to leaving you in a calorie deficit. 

The exercises…

Circuits that you can try at home

Youtube has thousands of videos that you can join in with. Just search high-intensity circuit training, metafit circuit or insanity circuit and you’ll find a workout that you can use. It takes the struggle out of finding a session to do.

If you want to create your own circuit, you can just about put any set of exercises together and turn it into an intensity-based session. Burning more calories than you take in is what you need to focus on to lose weight, tone up, get a six pack etc.

Throw together some of your favourite exercises and run through them for time or reps:

Try 30s of:
Jumping Jacks
Squats
Push Ups
Burpees

(all favourites right?)

60s rest at the end
repeat x 5

That’s 15 minutes right there! Move through them quickly to find a tough circuit you can do at home!

Or

Try something different

60s High Knees
30s plank
repeat x 3

Guaranteed to have you gasping for air and done in under 5 minutes.

Now making yourself do that is a different matter. You want to look at our motivation blog, we are big advocates of exercise shouldn’t be a chore.

Motivation Tip
Grab some friends turn it into a fun thing to do. Go around to a different friend’s house each week, smash out the circuit and have a healthy breakfast!