No gym, no worries! Check out my fun full-body circuit that can be done in the comfort of your own home (or garage). The only piece of equipment I used for this workout was a pair of 10-pound dumbbells— that’s it! No matter where you are in your fitness journey, I suggest you pick up a pair of dumbbells and keep them on hand, because you would be surprised what you can do with them. So grab a pair and give this workout a try!
Do 10 reps of each exercise, rest, and repeat circuit three times for a total of four rounds.
Crossover knee to chest – Superset with side kick
Start standing with your feet hip-distance apart. Bring your knee across your body to your chest, then back to the starting position. Superset this exercise by then taking that same leg and kicking out to your side and back to the starting position. Repeat the entire exercise 10 times on one side before performing the same movements with the other leg.
*G-Tip: Keep your core engaged with each of these exercises. Not only are you working your lower body, but your abs are getting a great workout too!
Alternating shoulder press with palms facing ears
Start standing with your feet hip-distance apart and holding dumbbells in your hands. Bring the dumbbells up so your palms are facing your ears. Perform a shoulder press with one side and then the other, alternating sides with each rep.
*G-Tip: Be sure you are at the beginning of the starting position with palm facing your ear before performing the rep on the opposite side.
Push-ups off dumbbells
Start in the top of a push-up position, holding dumbbells in each hand. Perform a push-up, allowing your chest to drop down just below the dumbbells for a nice deep stretch.
*G-Tip: This is a challenging and more advanced exercise, so it’s perfectly fine if you need to drop to your knees!
Knee to chest in plank position (holding dumbbells)
Start in the top of a push-up or plank position, holding dumbbells. Bring one knee across your body to meet your chest. Bring your foot back to the starting position and repeat the exercise on the other side, bringing your other knee across your body to meet your chest.
Start with your feet shoulder-width apart and holding dumbbells in each hand. Lean your upper body forward and form a 90-degree angle with your arms and allow your elbow to hug the side of your body. Perform a triceps kickback by extending the dumbbells directly behind you until your arms are straight. Bring the dumbbells back to the starting position and repeat.
*G-Tip: Be sure you keep your elbows close to your body and go slow with each movement to avoid swinging.
Biceps curls in a wall squat position
Holding dumbbells in each hand, place your back against a wall. Bring your feet out in front of you and sit down so your legs are parallel to the ground— it is as if you are sitting in an imaginary chair. While in this chair position, perform a dumbbell curl, curling the dumbbells towards your chest. Lower the dumbbells down to the starting position and repeat movement while staying in this squat position.
*G-Tip: Be sure your bottom is parallel to the ground and in line with your knees. You also want to be sure your knees don’t go over your toes to avoid extra tension in your knees.
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