Want to get a workout in at home, but don't have any special equipment? Here's one you can do using common household items. Let's get creative!
Note: Each exercise can be done with 2-4 sets of 6-12 repetitions each, depending on your fitness level.
Use the cheap, thin ones. (They work best on a wood floor.)
In a plank position, place the balls of your feet on top of the plates. Keeping a strong upper body and core, and keeping your legs straight, move your feet out and in, like a jumping jack.
In and Out Planks
In a tall plank position, place the balls of your feet on top of the plates. Bring your knees toward your chest, tightening your abs while keeping your back flat, and then extend your legs back out to the starting position.
Lying on your back, place your heels on top of the plates. Lift your hips as you slide your heels toward your body, bending your knees, and then straighten them back out, with your hips still lifted.
You're about to lie on the floor, so you might as well sweep the floor first before doing this workout. :)
Holding a broom with both hands a little wider than shoulder's width, lie on your stomach on the floor. Lift both your upper and lower body up off the ground for two seconds, then lower back down.
Broom Ab Twist
Holding the broom with both hands, sit down on the ground, hinge back, and lift your legs off the ground. Twist your body as you alternate bending and straightening legs.
Bag of laundry (or large bag of dog/cat food)
The more laundry the better (heavier)!
Place your bag of laundry (or large bag of dog food, etc.) over your shoulders. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Bend your knees down in a squat, keeping your weight in your heels, and don't let your knees move in front of your toes. Squeeze your glutes as you come back up to standing.
Place your bag of laundry on your shoulders. Standing with feet hips-width apart, step back with one foot into a reverse lunge. Make sure your front knee doesn't move in front of your toes, and that your back knee hovers a few inches above the ground. Come back up to standing, and alternate legs.
Plank Laundry Bag Drags
In a tall plank position with your laundry to one side of you, reach your hand under your body to grab the bag and drag it through to the other side. Hold your plank strong the whole time. Alternate sides.
Use detergent with a handle — and, obviously, the fuller it is, the heavier and harder the workout will be!
Hold the detergent with both hands. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Squat down while bending both knees — keeping your chest open and putting your weight into your heels — and then stand and press up through a shoulder press, lifting the detergent toward the ceiling. Lower your arms back to start position and repeat.
Like kettlebell swings, but with detergent instead. Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and hold the detergent by the handle with both hands. Swing the detergent between your legs as you bend legs in a squat, then straighten your legs and swing your hands up only to shoulder level as you press your hips forward, squeezing your glutes. Keep going in a continuous motion.
Single Leg rows
Stand on one leg and hold the detergent in your opposite hand. Tilt your hips back until your torso is nearly parallel to the floor. Pull the detergent up to your hip while keeping your balance. After 6-12 reps, switch to the other side.
Stand with the detergent held by both hands overhead. Your feet should be shoulder-width apart. Slowly use both hands to lower the detergent behind your head, bending your elbows, and then squeezing your triceps extend your arms long again overhead.