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Avoid the Gym Rush: 10 Easy Exercises You Can Do at Home

  • Carving Curl

    What's the only thing better than boosting your booty in one swift move? Being able to do it while you catch up on Scandal reruns. You'll feel the burn with this one, so go ahead and treat yourself to an Olivia Pope–sized glass of wine after.

    Targets gluteus maximus and hamstrings

    • Lie facedown on floor with head on folded arms, squeezing a 1-pound dumbbell or rolled-up towel behind bent left knee, foot flexed. Tuck pelvis to flatten out low back.
    • Lift bent left leg a few inches off floor; lower. Do 20 reps.
    • Switch sides, repeat.
  • Bench Dip

    Swap a plyo box for some sturdy furniture to work your upper body. Lifting your leg as you do a standard bench dip fires up your triceps and tightens your arms from every angle.

    Targets chest and triceps

    • Sit on front edge of a sturdy bench or chair, palms on either side of hips. Straighten arms and shift hips forward just in front of seat.
    • Bend knees so that they're aligned over ankles.
    • Bend elbows 90 degrees behind you, lowering hips toward floor. Straighten arms; repeat.
    • Do 10 to 15 reps. (Switch legs for next set.)
  • PiYo Flip

    This low-impact move gets you leaner and lighter, both physically and mentally. Because let's be honest: After a holiday season with filled with family, you could use some peace of mind!

    Targets shoulders, chest, arms, abs, butt, and legs

    • Start on mat in plank position, balancing on palms and toes, body forming a straight line.
    • Bend right knee 90 degrees (so that shin is perpendicular to floor), then lift right hand off mat as you rotate body into a side plank (with right hip stacked over left), right arm reaching up.
    • Continue rotating, pivoting on left foot, keeping right knee bent and left leg straight as right hand reaches behind you. Land faceup in a modified back bend with right foot on opposite side of mat from starting point.
    • Reverse motion back to start.
    • Do 5 to 10 reps; switch sides and repeat.
  • 180s

    You don't need fancy cardio equipment to spike your heart rate. Crush calories by doing high-intensity intervals of this jump and squat combo.

    Targets abs, butt, hamstrings, quads, and calves

    • Stand with feet hip-width apart, arms by sides.
    • Squat, then jump up, swinging arms overhead as you do a 180-degree turn in midair and land in a squat facing opposite direction.
    • Stand up, kicking right leg forward. Return to squat and repeat 180-degree jump, this time kicking left leg.
    • Do 12 reps, alternating legs.
  • Stork Seesaw

    Get spin class results without the bike. This lower-body firmer focuses on your trouble spots with slow, controlled movements.

    Targets back, abs, hips, butt, quads, and hamstrings

    • Stand with feet together and clasp arms behind back. Lift right knee forward to hip level, foot flexed.
    • Balancing on left leg, squat slightly and hinge forward from hips until back is nearly parallel to floor and right heel is in line with your back.
    • Return to upright stork stance; repeat. Do 12 reps; switch legs and repeat. Do 2 sets.

    MAKE IT EASIER: Place hands on hips.

  • Side X

    Don't panic about your middle getting mushy from missing Pilates. This exercise will help you trim that back and ab flab from all sides.

    Targets abs and thighs

    • Start on ground, balancing on left hand and side of right foot so body is straight, left foot slightly behind right.
    • Extend right arm diagonally forward and left leg diagonally back.
    • Draw left knee and right elbow together.
    • Do 10 reps; switch sides and repeat.
  • Half-Moon Reach

    Hit the mat without the mess of a slammed studio. This move has the benefits of yoga with the bonus of a little rhythm to get groovy as you flow.

    Targets abs, butt, and calves

    • Stand with feet hip-width apart and fold at hips to touch left fingers to floor several inches in front of left foot.
    • Twist torso so that chest faces right and lift right leg behind you at hip level, foot flexed; extend right arm toward ceiling to get into start position.
    • Bending left knee, lift left heel off floor as you swing right knee down in toward chest (keep right foot from touching floor) and place right fingers on floor next to left hand.
    • Reverse motion back to start and repeat; continue for 40 seconds. Switch sides next round.
  • Flying Sumo

    This exercise is a triple threat, mixing basic martial arts with plyo and cardio. Use light dumbbells to kick it up a notch.

    Targets back, shoulders, arms, butt, and legs

    • Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, holding a weight in each hand, fists in front of chin.
    • Pivoting on left foot 90 degrees to left (go from facing forward to facing left), step right leg out to side and lower into a wide-legged squat; at the same time, sweep right elbow forward at shoulder level; lower elbow.
    • Remaining in squat, continue pivoting 90 degrees counterclockwise and striking with elbow, until you've completed a full circle (4 steps total).
    • Do 2 reps. Next circuit, pivot on right foot, sweeping left elbow forward in clockwise motion.
    • Switch directions for each new circuit.
  • Chair Lift

    Save your ski trip for after the peak season rush. In the meantime, get crazy toned with this slope sculpter for a stronger back, biceps, and butt.

    Targets shoulders, back, biceps, butt, and quads

    • Stand with legs hip-width apart, holding a dumbbell in each hand, elbows bent 90 degrees by sides, palms facing each other.
    • Squat as you extend arms toward floor and then raise them to shoulder level in front of you.
    • Stand up, lifting right knee in front of you to hip height while driving bent elbows back to sides.
    • Return to squat and repeat, this time lifting left knee. Do 2 sets of 10 reps, alternating sides.
  • Burpee Push-Up Jack

    No need to boo-hoo over missing your beloved boot camp class. This fast belly blaster tightens your core and is a quick and dirty total-body toner.

    Targets shoulders, chest, arms, abs, butt, and legs

    • Stand with feet hip-width apart, arms by sides.
    • Lower into a squat, placing palms on floor in front of feet, then jump feet behind you into a full plank position with feet together.
    • Bend elbows to lower chest toward floor as you hop feet out wider than shoulder width (as if you're doing a jumping jack).
    • Push up to return to plank as you jump feet back together.
    • Jump both feet forward to outside of hands and quickly return to standing; repeat. Continue for 1 minute.

    MAKE IT EASIER: Skip the push-ups as you jump your feet out.