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7 Easy Exercises for Beginners to do at Home with Minimal Equipment

By Shannon Pierce

You have a pair of dumbbells, a few plate weights, maybe even a resistance band. You may not have a whole gym, but you do have the basics. So, now what? Many people this time of year are looking to work out at home. Whether it’s the crummy weather or lack of time, or even lack of funds for a fancy gym, don’t fret! You can get some great exercise right in your living room or garage. Here is how:

 

1) Rotate your exercises by day.  Start with your dumbbells and focus on your arms one day. You don’t have to do anything fancy to tone.  Do a set of 10-12 reps with heavier weights, or 15-20 reps with light weights. For example try a set of bicep curls, then a set of tricep kickbacks, then shoulder presses. Repeat the cycle 3 times.

 

2) The next day, use your dumbbells for ab exercises. Sit on your bottom with your legs bent.  Hold one dumbbell with both hands, touch the ground on the right side of your body with the weight, then the left, using your core to stabilize.  Try as many reps as you can take, or do sets of 20, 3 times.

 

3) Got kettlebells? Stand up straight with your legs more than shoulder-width apart.  Your heels should face inward and your toes should face out. Hold the kettlebell between your legs and do plié squats.

 

4) With a resistance band sit on your bottom with your legs out straight in front of you. Wrap the band around the bottom of your feet and hold each side in your hand. Pull towards your body like a rowing motion.

 

5)  Plate weights are great for lunges. Hold the plate at chest level and carefully take a big step out then back in. You can step forwards, or for backward lunges, step backwards.

 

6)  If you have any kind of barbell to stack your plates on either side, try laying on your back, bring the bar to chest level and push out to do chest presses. Bring it back in without touching the ground.

 

7) Finally, don’t forget to use your own body weight! For a glute exercise, get on all fours.  Kick your leg out behind you like a donkey. When you have it fully extended, pulse with your heel facing the ceiling.  Pulse 30 times, alternating legs, and do sets of three.

 

 

 


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