Doubling Furniture as Workout Equipment!
Welcome back Mighty Mom!
Being in the fitness industry from over three and a half years, I’ve heard every. Single. Excuse. You could possibly come up with to avoid the gym.
“I’m too tired at the end of the day.”
“I can’t wait up that early.”
“I have to get home to my dog.”
“I don’t know what to do.”
And the #1 excuse .. “I DON’T HAVE TIME!”
Oh, you don’t have time?! No worries. Bring the workout to you!
What do I mean? I mean use what the equipment you have at home.
You don’t have any equipment? Ah, believe it or not, you do!
Let’s talk about FIVE items you didn’t think of as workout equipment.
Looking for something to help modify exercises or assist with balance? Look no further than your kitchen table!
The chair is great for assisting with your balance on lunges and squats. For a squat, stand facing away from the chair. With feet hip width apart, hinge at your hips, slightly bend your knees and sit back on the chair. Drive through your heels and return to starting position.
For lunges, stand behind the chair facing sideways. Place the your hand on the chair. Stand in a staggered position. Bending at the knees, slowly lower yourself down to your comfort level. Driving through the heel of the foot in front, return to starting position.
If you want to take your workout to the next level, use the chair for step ups. Place one foot on the chair, drive through the heel raising yourself up. Slowly lower yourself back down to your starting position. Repeat for 10 reps and continue on the other leg.
You can use this for triceps dips, glute kickbacks, or assisted single leg pistol squats.
If you need a modification for your push ups, the wall is perfect! Place your hands on the wall, shoulder width apart and take a big step back. Slowly lower yourself to the wall and using your chest muscles, push back to your starting position.
You can also use the wall for wall sits, glute bridges or triceps push ups.
Looking to switch up your cardio? Stairs, or other small elevated surfaces, are great for cardio and strength training.
You can take box jumps to a whole new level! Slightly bend your knees, pushing off with both feet jump up one stairs, landing in a ¼ squat. Lower down into a full squat, pushing through your heels, jump to the next. Repeat for as many stairs as you can. Catch your breath, turn around and walk back down. Try repeating this for 5 rounds!
Other great exercises are split squats, single leg squats, elevated curtsy lunges, elevated mountain climbers and push ups!
Your couch is a great piece of equipment that provides a little extra cushion and aides on exercises that you need to lift more than 50% of your body weight.
I love using my couch for assisted single leg pistol squats or glute bridges.
This sturdy piece of equipment is also great for cardio exercises such as high knees or toe taps. Face the couch with your chest up and core engaged. Stand with one foot slightly resting on the couch, other foot planted firmly on the ground. Push through the heel of your stationary foot and quickly switch feet. Repeat this for 20 reps … right and left count as one rep!
Paper towels/Hand towels:
These are BY FAR my FAVORITE! Just ask your fellow Mighty Mom Fit Family 🙂
There are endless possibilities! Two of my best exercises are mountain climbers and hammy pulls.
For mountain climbers, fold your paper towel or hand towel in half. Place under your toes. Come down into a high plank position; shoulders over wrist, core engaged and spine aligned. Dragging the towel, bring one leg into your chest at a time. Bring back to starting position and repeat on the other side. Give this a try and go for 10 rep … and yes, right and left equal one!
Hammy pulls :: Lie on your back, legs extended and place towels under your heels. Engage your glutes and lift off the ground. Dragging your heels, bring both heels towards your butt. Extend back to starting position. Repeat. If you need to modify, try bringing one leg in at a time! This one is tough. Aim for as many as you can 🙂
Look at that! FIVE household items you already have in your home that you can double as workout equipment!
Give one or two, or all!, of these a try! When you’re done leave me a comment on my Mighty Mom Fit Facebook page and let me know what you did and how you did it! Come up with a new exercise I didn’t think of?! Even better! Let me know. I am always looking for new workout ideas 🙂