Create a Budget-Friendly Home Gym

You don’t need a lot of room to add a home gym workout space to your abode. They say half the battle to working out is actually getting to the gym. Bring the gym to you by creating a workout space personalized for your unique workouts. Many home furniture items can easily be transformed into a versatile workout tool. Your home gym could simply be using furniture and body weight, or you could add weights, tension bands, and items like yoga balls to complete your idea workout space. If you need to pick up a few versatile items, head to Furniture Row for a large selection of the latest home furnishing and styles.

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We’ve gathered a list of furniture essentials for your home gym, which may already be in your home! Start with choosing the scenery for your home gym. Perhaps there’s an area near a window with a view, or an accent wall? A great way to get inspired is to add artwork like the the Atlantic Waves Framed Print and Buddha Gold Foil Lacquer Print. Next, decide on how you would like to store your equipment and gear. Smaller workout equipment can be stored in a basket like the Rattan Trim Baskets. Larger items and clothing fit perfectly in the Chantilly Wardrobe Chest. Use a bench like the Bombay for weightlifting and some body weight exercises. A high back chair like the Fabulishish Accent Chair can be used for standing stability exercises such as barre. Protect your knees and elbows with an soft, yet easy-to-clean rug like the Antiquity Grey Rug. The goal is to establish a place you feel comfortable and motivated to work out. Have fun with colors, design, and layout. As long as you utilize the space, you can’t go wrong!

Ab Workout: Exercises for a Summer-Ready Stomach

It’s always hard to get that stomach toned right before swimsuit season, so make sure that you work those abs before summer hits! Sit-ups are a thing of the past. Instead, try these easy floor exercises to help strengthen your core and flatten excess tummy fat. Your ab workout has never been so easy! Use a timer to complete each exercise for 50 seconds and rotate for a total ab, lower ab, and oblique workout.

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Lower Ab Workouts

Leg Raises

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Get those lower abs energized with leg raises. This exercise is simple to do, but offers a great workout for your core and helps to realign your spine.

  1. Lie flat on your back with your legs extended in front of you.
  2. Place your arms down beside your hips with your palms flat.
  3. As you keep your legs extended, lift them up to a 90°angle.
  4. Lower your legs to hover just above the floor and repeat this cycle.

Scissor Kicks

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Increase your lower ab workout with power-pumping scissor kicks. This exercise will definitely get you sweating quickly.

  1. Lie on your back with your legs extended side by side.
  2. Lift your shoulder blades and head and hover your heels slightly above the ground.
  3. Press your lower back into the mat.
  4. Alternate lifting your legs back and forth to create a scissor movement. As your right leg lifts, your left leg falls and vice versa.

Reverse Crunches

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To finish your lower ab workout, keep those core muscles active with reverse crunches.

  1. Lie on the floor with your legs straight in front of you. Stretch out your arms beside you to support yourself as you lift off.
  2. While keeping your feet together and your legs straight, bring your legs up to a 90° angle.
  3. Keeping your abs active, push feet up toward the ceiling, lifting lower back off the ground.
  4. Lower back down to starting position. Repeat.

Total Ab Workouts

Modified V Crunches:

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Similar to a regular crunch, a modified V crunch is intended to get your core warm! V crunches are great for working your rectus abdominis, external oblique, and internal oblique muscles—the perfect total ab workout.

  1. Lie flat on your back.
  2. Engage your core to lift your feet and shoulders an inch off the floor.
  3. Straighten your arms forward and imagine you’re holding tight to something in front of you.
  4. Lift your torso in an upright position as you bend your knees into your chest.
  5. Repeat.

Cross-Body Mountain Climber Crunches

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Elevate your total ab workout with a variation of the mountain climber exercise. In addition to working your entire core, the cross-body mountain climber crunch will also work your upper arms.

  1. Start in a plank position and keep your arms straight beneath your shoulders as you engage your core.
  2. Pull your left knee as close as you can to your right elbow and keep your hips level.
  3. Move your left knee back to starting plank position.
  4. Repeat this movement using your right knee and left elbow.
  5. Continue to alternate sides.

Hundreds

hundreds-01Finish your total ab workout with hundreds! This simple exercise is nicknamed for the amount of beats you’re supposed to do it for in Pilates. Holding this position will make your whole body warm and allow you to feel the burn in your abs.

  1. Sit up with your knees bent to a 90° angle and bring your arms up to be parallel to the floor in front of you.
  2. Engage your core as flutter your arms up and down at a moderate pace.
  3. Continue for 50 seconds.

Oblique Workouts

Russian Twists

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Work those oblique muscles with Russian twists! Building your obliques using this exercise will help rotate your torso and slim down your waist.

  1. Sit upright with your legs bent at a 90º angle the knees and your feet together and parallel to the ground.
  2. Twist your entire torso to the right, bringing your left elbow to your right knee while keeping your legs still.
  3. Twist your entire torso to the left, bringing your right elbow to your left knee.
  4. Continue to alternate for 50 seconds.

Side Hip Raises

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For the final oblique workout exercise, make sure you save your core strength! For this exercise, make sure you do two repetitions for 50 seconds each—once on the left side and once on the right.

  1. Start in a side plank position using your left or right forearm as balance.
  2. Engage your core and keep your feet stacked on top of one another with your opposite arm on your hip.
  3. Raise your torso off the ground, keeping your core strong.
  4. Repeat for 50 seconds and then switch sides.

Reaching Oblique Crunches

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Modify your basic crunch to strengthen your oblique muscles with reaching oblique crunches.

  1. Lie on the ground with your knees bent slightly.
  2. Place your hands behind your head to cradle it
  3. Reach your left arm up while squeezing your abs in to lift and touch your right knee.
  4. Lower and do the reverse side using the right hand and left knee.
  5. Cycle through from side to side for 50 seconds.

For more simple workout exercises, be sure to also check out the Daily At Home Workout Schedule.

Daily Exercise Schedule: Working out at Home

It’s the start of a new year and a new you! With 2017 here, gyms might get a little crowded with people trying to get in shape as part of their new year’s resolution, so save yourself some gym membership money, and try working out at home instead! The Front Door has put together some quick and easy workouts for your abdominals, arms, and legs that you can do in the comfort of your own home without weights or equipment. Follow our schedule for your daily exercise routine to keep you toned!

Depending on the day of the week, cycle through each workout for arms, legs, or abs. Within each category, rotate between exercises to avoid overexertion. Remember to take a 30-second break between each set to relax your body before the next workout.

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Abs

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Bicycle Crunches: 3 Sets of 25

Time to work on those abdominals! Start out your ab workout with bicycle crunches to strengthen your core.

  1. Lie flat on the floor with your lower back pressed to the ground.
  1. Place your hands behind your head and keep your knees in towards your chest as you lift your shoulders off the ground.
  1. Straighten your right leg and keep it slightly raised above the ground as you turn your upper body to the left. Bring your right elbow in towards the left knee.
  1. Switch sides and repeat this motion.

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Plank Taps: 3 Sets of 25

Next, intensify your ab workout by toning your core and shoulders with plank taps.

  1. Begin in a plank position. Keep your hips and shoulders square to the ground and your back straight. Try to keep to still.
  1. Lift your left hand off the ground to tap your right shoulder then place it back on the ground.
  1. Lift your right hand off the ground to tap your left shoulder then place it back on the ground.
  1. Repeat until 25 total repetitions have been reached!
  2. The most important thing to remember in this exercise is to engage your core and try not to let your hips dip from side to side. Keep them square with your shoulders.

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Reverse Crunches: 3 Sets of 25

To finish your ab workout, keep those core muscles active with reverse crunches.

  1. Lie on the floor with your legs straight in front of you. Stretch out your arms beside you to support yourself as you lift off.
  1. Bend your knees and lift your feet. Your legs should create a 90-degree angle. Keep your feet together.
  1. Inhale and pull your legs toward your chest, keeping your abs active. Rock your knees toward your face and point your feet toward the ceiling.
  1. Exhale and lower your legs back to starting position. Repeat.

Arms

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Elbows-In Push-Ups: 3 Sets of 25

Start working out your arms with the correct type of push-up! Elbows-in push-ups will give you defined arms, a strong chest, and toned shoulders while reducing the chance of serious injury.

  1. Get into a high plank position. Keep your back straight and place your hands firmly on the ground beneath your shoulders.
  1. Lower your body to the floor still keeping your back flat and your elbows firmly beside your torso.
  1. Push back up and repeat.

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Tricep Dips: 3 Sets of 15

Next, work out your triceps to easily tone your arms with triceps dips. You can do this workout routine with a bench or a chair.

  1. Position your hands shoulder-width apart on a securely placed chair or bench.
  1. Sit in front of the chair or bench on the ground with your legs extended in front of you
  1. Slightly straighten your arms as your lift your body off the ground.
  1. Slowly lower your body back down to the ground until your shoulder joints are below your elbows.
  1. Repeat.

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Burpee with Push-Up: 3 Sets of 10

For the last leg of your workout, do sets of burpees with push-ups for some intense arm toning.

  1. Bend over or squat down and place your hands on the floor in front of you outside your feet.
  1. Jump both feet back into a plank position.
  1. Do a push-up with your chest just barely touching the floor.
  1. Push-up to return to a plank position.
  1. Jump your feet in towards your hands and step into a jump with your arms reaching out overhead.
  1. Squat down and repeat.

Legs

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Lunges: 3 Sets of 25

Start out your leg routine with lunges to get those leg muscles stretched out! Lunges are a good for strengthening and sculpting your quadriceps, glutes, and hamstrings.

  1. For a proper lunge, first stand with your upper body straight with your shoulders back.
  1. Position your chin up and pick a point to stare at in front of you and engage your core as you step forward with one leg.
  1. Lower your hips until both knees are bent at a 90-degree angle and make sure your knee doesn’t touch the floor and your front knee is positioned above your ankle.
  1. Keep the weight in your heels as you rise up to the starting position. Repeat with the opposite leg forward.
  2. Continue to switch back and fourth between legs until 25 total reps have been completed.

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Cossack Squats: 3 Sets of 20

Next, work your inner leg muscles, glutes, and groin muscles with Cossack squats for more intense leg toning.

  1. Begin with a wide stance.
  1. Keep your right foot flat on the ground and your hip and knee aligned overtop.
  1. Point your left toe upward with the heel down and rotate your left knee straight up.
  1. Sit down into your hips and keep your back flat.
  1. Push up to a standing position using your legs as you move to repeat the workout on your left side.

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Jump Squats: 3 Sets of 20

Lastly, elevate the intensity of your leg routine with jump squats to condition your leg muscles and joints.

  1. Get into a normal standing position with your feet parallel and your body facing forward. Your feet should be positioned under your shoulders.
  1. Slide your toes a couple inches apart and turn them slightly outward.
  1. Lower into a squat by moving your hips back and down and bending your knees. Keep your arms at your sides for support
  1. Jump as forcefully and high as you can while reaching your arms above your head. The balls in your feet should be the last part of your body to leave the ground.
  1. Land feet first and bend your knees to brace the impact. Try to land as softly and smoothly as possible before jumping again.

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