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7 Days of Home Gym Workouts – Minimal Equipment Needed

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*Note: This article was written in the Spring of 2020, when much of the world was in “Shelter in Place” or full “Lockdown”.

With the world being in either full lock down or shelter in place mode, we all need to be prepared to workout at home.  Make no mistake, the COVID-19 pandemic will get worse before it gets better.  Keeping your body healthy enhances your immune system and places you in a lower risk group to have complications, should you contract the virus.  It’s times like this where your health is MOST important.  Without it, literally nothing else matters.

With all of the stress and uncertainty right now, we should be shifting the focus of our training to restoration.  By intensifying workouts, it will just add to that stress, which we don’t want.  Everyone should be exercising at a moderate intensity.  This is a great time to focus on nasal breathing, using your diaphragm (not chest) to initiate each breath.

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

These home gym workouts require some basic equipment.  You will need…

  • 2 Light Dumbbells
  • 1 Light Kettlebell
  • Bench
  • Pull Up Bar – If you don’t have a Pull Up bar, there are substitutes for that.

Each workout is roughly 1 hour long and includes a Warm-Up, Workout, and Cool Down.

Each workout is written for the advanced gym goer, however, there are beginner, intermediate, and advanced+ options so that everyone can participate, regardless of ability level.

Provided are 7 days worth of programming.  If you are advanced, you should be able to handle 5-6 workouts per week.  Intermediate folks should aim for 4-5 days per week, with beginners striving for 3-4 days per week.

THE WORKOUTS

WORKOUT #1

Warm Up

  • 25 minute Jog at a moderate pace, focus on breathing with your diaphragm.

Workout

10 Rounds (as fast as possible, but with good form):

  • 5 Strict Pull Ups
  • 10 Push Ups
  • 15 Air Squats

Beginner – 1 Pull Up, 3 Push Ups, 5 Air Squats.

Intermediate – 3 Pull Ups, 6 Push Ups, 10 Air Squats.

Advanced+ – 5 Chest to Bar Pull Ups, 10 Clapping Push Ups, 15 Jumping Air Squats.

Modifications:  Modify Pull Ups by performing :20 Dead Hang from the bar for each set.  If you don’t have a pull up bar, perform DB Bent Over Rows. Modify Push Ups to Knee Push Ups as needed.

Cool Down

  • Single Leg Forward Fold (1 min each side)
  • Half Saddle (1 min each side)
  • Low Dragon (1 min each side)
  • Child’s Pose (1 min)
  • Down Dog (1 min)

WORKOUT #2

Warm Up

– 5 Sets – :45 Work/:15 Rest at each of the following 3 stations…

  • Jumping Jacks
  • Cossack Squats
  • High Plank Shoulder Taps

* Rotate through each station for a total of 15 minutes.

Workout

– 6 Sets, :45 Work/:15 Rest at each of the following 5 stations…

  • KB/DB Goblet Split Squats (left side)
  • Flutter Kicks
  • KB/DB Goblet Split Squats (right side)
  • Mt. Climbers
  • High Plank Hold

Beginner – Reduce each set to :20 Work/:40 Rest at each station.

Intermediate – Reduce each set to :30 Work/:30 Rest at each station.

Advanced+ – Increase each set to :50 Work/:10 Rest at each station.  Do Weighted Flutter Kicks and Weighted Plank Holds.

Modifications:  Modify Split Squats to less depth, reduce range of motion on Mt. Climbers, and switch to Low Plank Hold as needed.

Cool Down

  • Seal Pose (2 minutes)
  • Double Leg Forward Fold (2 minutes)
  • Full Saddle (2 minutes)
  • Down Dog (1 minute)
  • Sumo Squat (2 minutes)

WORKOUT #3

Warm Up

5 Rounds (starting slow and increasing pace):

  • 20 Groiners (10 each side)
  • 15 Russian KB Swings
  • 10/10 Single Arm DB Bent Over Rows
  • 5 Inch Worms

Workout

5 Rounds:

  • 15 DB Deadlifts
  • 12 DB Hang Power Cleans
  • 9 DB Front Squats
  • 6 DB Strict Press
  • 10 “6 count” Burpees

* Rest 1:00 between each set.

** DB’s should be light enough to do each set without placing them down.  The Burpees are “6 count”, meaning you must hit each of the following 6 positions.  From a standing position…squat and place hands on ground, sprawl into a plank, perform a push up, pause at the top (plank), kick both feet back up into a quarter squat, then jump off the ground.  No flopping, no stepping back, and keep your feet at hip width the entire time.  These are PERFECT burpees.

Beginner – Increase rest period to 2:00 between sets.

Intermediate – Increase rest period to 1:30 between sets.

Advanced+ – Decrease rest period to :30 between sets.

Modifications:  Modify Burpees to Up-Downs as needed.

Cool Down

  • Seated Crossed Shin w/Right Leg in Front (2 minutes)
  • Seated Crossed Shin Left Leg in Front (2 minutes)
  • Lying Supine Twist (2 minutes each side)
  • Full Saddle w/Toe Stretch

WORKOUT #4

Warm Up

5 Sets at a slow pace…

  • 10 Arm Haulers
  • 15 Sit Ups
  • 20 Russian Twists

Workout

30 Minute “Every Minute on the Minute” (EMOM) rotating through these 3 movements…

  • Minute 1 – 12 Burpees
  • Minute 2 – 20 KB Sumo Deadlift High Pull
  • Minute 3 – 30 DB Push Press

* Weights used for Min 2 & 3 should be light enough to do all repetitions without dropping the weights.

Beginner – 8 Burpees, 12 KB Sumo Deadlift High Pulls, and 20 Push Press.

Intermediate – 10 Burpees, 15 KB Sumo Deadlift High Pulls, and 20 Push Press.

Advanced+ – 15 Burpees, 25 KB Sumo Deadlift High Pulls, and 35 Push Press.

Modifications:  Change Burpees to Up-Downs as needed.

Cool Down

“Flow Stretching” – This is a flow style cool down that rotates through the following…

  • :30 Alt. Cossack Squats
  • :30 Lizard Stretch
  • :30 “Worlds Greatest Stretch”
  • :30 Dragon Pose
  • :30 Full Saddle
  • :30 Down Dog
  • :30 Seal Pose
  • :30 Full Saddle w/Toe Stretch

WORKOUT #5

Warm Up

5 Rounds

  • 100m Jog
  • 10/10 Single Leg RDL
  • 1 Shoulder Complex (no weight)

* “Shoulder Complex” = 10 Bent Over Straight Arm Raises, 10 Standing Straight Arm Side Raises, & 10 Standing Straight Arm Front Raises.

Workout

5 Rounds

  • 30 Russian Kettlebell Swings
  • 30 Glute Bridge-Ups
  • 10 “Man Makers”

* Move from one movement to the next with as little rest as possible.  You should aim to be moving the entire time.  Pick a Kettlebell that is light-moderate, something that you can do 30 without breaking.  Glute Bridge-Ups should be done with a 1 second pause at the top.

** 1 “Man Maker” consists of…with LIGHT dumbbells in hands, 1 Push Up, 1 Renegade Row (left), 1 Renegade Row (right), kick both feet back up towards the dumbbells, right into a Squat Clean Thruster.  That is 1 rep.

Beginner – 10 Russian KB Swings, 10 Glute Bridge-Ups, 3 “Man Makers”.

Intermediate – 20 Russian KB Swings, 20 Glute Bridge-Ups, 7 “Man Makers”.

Advanced+ – 30 American KB Swings and 30 Weighted Glute Bridge-Ups.

Modifications:  If the “Man Makers” slow you down significantly, eliminate the Push Up and the Squat.  So it would be 1 Renegade Row (left), 1 Renegade Row (right), kick up into a Power Clean and Press.

Cool Down

  • Twisted Cross (1 minute each side)
  • Thread the Needle (1 minute each side)
  • Child’s Pose (2 minutes each side)
  • Down Dog (1 minute)
  • Standing Quad Stretch (1 minute each side)
  • Standing Cross Body Shoulder Stretch (1 minute each side)

WORKOUT #6

Warm Up

10 Minute AMRAP, at an easy pace…

  • 10 Alternating Samson Lunges
  • 10 J-Squats
  • 10 Shoulder Circles Forward
  • 10 Shoulder Circles Backwards
  • 10 Scap Push Ups
  • 10 Alternating Table Tops

Workout

Part 1 – “21’s” – Strict Hanging Knee Raise/DB Bench Press

* “21’s” goes as follows…20 Hanging Knee Raise/1 DB Bench Press, 19 Knee Raise/ 2 DB Bench, so on and so forth, ending at 1/20.  Each set equals 21 reps.  Total reps = 210 of each exercise.  Weight on the DB Bench should be light-moderate. For future workouts, feel free to mix and match movements!

Part 2“10-1” – DB Arnold Press, DB Bent Over Rows, and DB Bulgarian Split Squats

* Perform 10 reps of each…rest a bit…9 of each…rest a bit…all the way down until 1.  Each set should be without stopping, so go light-moderate with the DB’s.

Part 3…3×10 – Triceps Ext/Hammer Curls/RDL.  Keep the weights light here and focus on form.  This is considered accessory work.

Beginner – Reduce to “11’s”.  10/1, 9/2,…1/10 for Part 1.

Intermediate – Reduce to “16’s.  15/1, 14/2,…1/15 for Part 1.

Advanced+ – Strict Toes to Bar for Part 1.

Modifications:  Modify Knee Raises to V-Ups or Sit-Ups and Bulgarian Split Squats to Lunges as needed.

Cool Down

  • Triceps Stretch (1 minute each side)
  • Doorway Chest Stretch (1 minute each side)
  • Seated Trunk Twist (1 minute each side)
  • Seated Straddle (2 minutes)
  • Forearm Stretch (1 minute each side)

WORKOUT #7

Warm Up

10 Minutes AMRAP at easy pace…

  • :20 R Side Plank
  • :20 High Plank
  • :20 L Side Plank
  • 10 Alternating Lunges w/Twist
  • :30 Bottom of Squat Hold
  • 30 Jumping Jacks

Workout

Part 1“Death by Thrusters” – Dumbbells, Kettlebells, or Barbells are okay, but the weight should be considered light

* Start a clock and do 1 Thruster the first minute, 2 Thrusters the second minute, so on and so forth until you cannot perform the required amount within the minute.  When you complete the required amount within the minute, use the remainder of that minute to rest.    Strive to work for 20 minutes, even if you fall off.  For example, if you get to minute 10 and cannot perform 10 in that minute, subtract 2-3 reps and keep going until 20 minutes is up.  So in that case, you’d finish the last 10 minutes doing 7-8 reps each minute.

Part 2“Death by Devils Press” – Dumbbell weight should be considered light

* Same format as above, except this one won’t last as long as the Thrusters.  Devil’s Presses get nasty quick.  Strive to work for 15 minutes, even if you fall off pace.

Beginner – Strive to hit 10 Thrusters on Part 1 and 8 Devil’s Presses on Part 2.

Intermediate – Strive to hit 15 Thrusters on Part 1 and 11 Devil’s Presses on Part 2.

Advanced+ – Shoot for 25 Thrusters on Part 1 and 17 Devil’s Presses on Part 2.

Modifications:  Remove the Push Up from Devil’s Press if it slows you down significantly.

Cool Down

  • Down Dog w/Calf Stretch (1 minute each side)
  • Pigeon Pose (2 minutes each side)
  • 90/90 Stretch (2 minutes each side)
  • Seated Pretzel (2 minutes each side)
  • Corpse’s Pose (2 minutes)

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