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Strength Workout Moves for When You’re Short on Time and Equipment

Working out can seem like a big time commitment, especially if it’s not easy for you to get to the gym. With classes coming into full swing, working out may not be your top priority. But if it is a priority to get in a good sweat sesh, there are plenty of options if you don’t live near a gym or don’t have the time to get to one. Here are some easy moves you can add to your workout at home, in the park, or anywhere else you are able to get a good sweat in!

1. Jumping Jacks

I really like doing jumping jacks to warm up before a workout. This plyometric movement involves getting your heart rate up and limbs moving quickly. Doing 100 at a moderate pace usually gets me warmed up enough to start doing dynamic stretching or other movements before I start my workout. No weights and no space required for this one!

2. Squats

If you’re looking for a booty burner, this is it. Squats are such a versatile movement- you can do them with or without weight, fast or slow, or add a jump! The weights don’t have to be dumbbells or barbells either. Use whatever you have on hand, like the books you said you’d read this semester. 😉

3. Push Ups

Okay, so push ups aren’t exactly my favorite exercises. But that’s only because I’m not good at them…YET! Push ups are a great exercise for your entire upper body, both core and arms. To make them more difficult (or easier), you can add weight on your back, elevate your legs or arms (or do them on your knees), or add a clap in between. The possibilities are endless!

4. Burpees

Burpees are one of the classic no equipment workout moves, and for good reasons. But have no fear! They incorporate both strength and cardio movements, and can also be easily altered. A simple burpee starts by dropping to the ground by placing your hands on the floor in front of you. Once you’re in a plank position, hop back up and jump in the air; that’s one rep. To increase the difficulty, you can add a push up when you’re in a plank and increase the speed at which you do them. To make them easier, slow down, step back instead of hopping back, or take out the jump at the end of each rep. 

With these four moves, you can create endless different workouts for yourself when you’re short on time, space, and equipment. By changing the reps, speed, and variation of each movement, your workouts will stay interesting and keep you motivated to getting fit and staying fit!

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Author Michelle Albright

Michelle is an avid weightlifter and home taught cook. Her favorite warm up activity is dancing like no one is watching, and she loves changing up her fitness routine with the occasional yoga sesh or hiking excursion. She loves trying new recipes, eating chocolate, and drinking coffee first thing in the morning!

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