Lower Foam Roll Workout Guide | Staying Fit at Home

Lower Foam Roll Home Workout Guide
Lower Foam Roll Home Workout Guide

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Lower Foam Roll Workout Guide at Home

We understand the importance of fitness, health and exercise and that’s why we’re encouraging everyone to keep working towards their goals whilst at home. At Xercise4Less Gyms, we’ve put together a number of home workouts that will help each and every single one of you focus on your fitness whilst at home, despite our gyms being closed on Government instruction from the 20th of March 2020. Smash those fitness goals, kickstart your fitness journey and join our fun and inclusive fitness community.

If you’re not yet an Xercise4Less Gym member, we’re giving everyone free access to our online gym portal, providing dedicated workouts you can do at home or back in the gym once we re-open. To re-assure you, we’ll continue to provide everyone with free access even past the initial 90 days should we need to extend our home fitness option to the UK public while we all battle the Coronavirus pandemic. Stay well, fit and healthy and follow our at home workouts for free.

What Is a Lower Foam Roll Workout?

Using a foam roller will help you to stretch out your muscles after a few days of intense exercise. On your rest day or after your session, use a foam roller to release tension from your muscles and recover before you start your next session. Once you’ve completed a foam roll workout, you’ll increase your mobility and flexibility for your next session.  

Foam Roller

What You Need For a Lower Foam Roll Workout

All you need a foam roller and a comfortable, large exercise space so that you can complete each of the stretches with ease.

Exercise 1: Quadriceps Roll

Lay on your stomach with your foam roller under your hips. Your hands need to be flat on the floor to make this exercise easier to complete. Once you’re in the starting position, simply rock on your arms forwards and backwards so that the foam roll is moving up and down your quads.

Complete 2 sets of 20 reps with a 30 second rest between each set.

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Exercise 2: Side Roller (Left)

Turn over to your left hand side and again, place the foam roller on your hips but this time put your left elbow flat on the floor. You might want to use your right hand to support yourself. Again, simply roll up and down to release tension in the side of your legs and glutes.

Complete 2 sets of 20 reps with a 30 second rest between each set.

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Exercise 3: Side Roller (Right)

Roll over to your right hand side and repeat this movement again.

Complete 2 sets of 20 reps with a 30 second rest between each set.

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Exercise 4: Calf Roll

Sit on the floor with your legs out in front of you for this next exercise. Place your foam roller underneath your calves and lift yourself up so that your bum is off the floor and your bodyweight is resting your hands. Push your body forwards and backwards to release tension in your calves.

Complete 2 sets of 20 reps with a 30 second rest between each set.

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Exercise 5: Hamstring Roll

Stay in the same position but now bring the foam roller underneath your hamstrings. Again, lift your bum off the floor and roll your body back and forth to really stretch out your hamstrings the best that you can.

Complete 2 sets of 20 reps with a 30 second rest between each set.

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If you’re not yet an Xercise4Less Gym member, we’re giving everyone free access to our online gym portal, providing dedicated workouts you can do at home or back in the gym once we re-open. To re-assure you, we’ll continue to provide everyone with free access even past the initial 90 days should we need to extend our home fitness option to the UK public while we all battle the Coronavirus pandemic. Stay well, fit and healthy and follow our at home workouts for free.

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Not sure how to perform each exercise? Want someone to coach you through each movement? Watch our Personal Trainer Mark as he guides you through this full Lower Foam Roll workout.

Lower Foam Roll Workout Guide Summary:

Goal

 

Get Fit

Equipment

 

Foam roller

Fitness Space

 

4m x 4m clear area like a living room, garden or dining room.

Level

 

Novice

Duration

 

25 minutes

Days per week

 

1

Cycle Duration

 

1 Weeks

Repeat

 

Once a day

Xercise4Less Home Workout Guides

We have split our at home or at the gym workouts into a number of different focuses meaning that you can target different areas of your body throughout the week in a range of different style workouts. We aim to switch up these workouts each week. Whatever your goals and however you usually spend time in the gym, take this time to embrace something new and stay on track towards your current fitness goals.

Try our Lower Foam Roll Home Workout by signing up to our exclusive member community today and get access to our motivational member forums, insider nutrition tips and much more!

Don’t Postpone Your Goals; Get Fit and Strong at Home

Being at home can still have a positive impact on your fitness journey. If you’ve got fitness goals you want to achieve, follow our home workouts and still make encouraging steps towards smashing those goals. All of the exercises that you find in our Lower Foam Roll Workout from home can be performed in the comfort of your home or back in the gym. You can access the workout wherever and whenever you like from your phone, laptop or smart device.

Home Workout Safety Information

Before following the workout, make sure that you have enough space to perform movements freely to prevent any injury. If you need a piece of furniture to perform an exercise, make sure that it can stand your weight and that the movement feels comfortable. If you’re struggling, please switch the exercise for something that feels more natural. There isn’t much different in terms of safety when it comes to home workout vs gym workouts; just practice correct form to stay safe and prevent injury.

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Join our fun and inclusive fitness community

During this difficult time, we’re encouraging people to come together. Focus your love for fitness and the gym into our new series of home workouts that still allow you to work towards your goals and health in the comfort of your own home. Share your workouts with us and show us how you’re using this time to continue on your fitness journey with Xercise4Less Gyms. Once you’ve repeated the exercises at home and built up confidence, make a visit to the gym once we’re back open and use our wide range of quality equipment and facilities to improve your strength further.

All Xercise4Less Gyms provide members with access to a range of top quality kit as part of our great value gym memberships, including:

  • Private and self-contained Female Only gym zones for female members
  • Over 400 pieces of gym equipment for beginners to bodybuilders
  • Dedicated cardio and free weights training areas to build up your fitness
  • Motivated Personal trainers to help you achieve your health ambitions
  • Free weights ranging from 2kg to 75kg to build up your fitness
  • Wide range of resistance machines for toning and building muscle
  • Strength training apparatus like Olympic lifting platforms and squat racks for power lifters
  • Great selection of weight plates and cable machines for weight training
  • Large fitness studio perfect for stretching or creating custom mini cardio or light-weighted circuits with boxes, barbells, mats and plates
  • Purpose-built spinning-area with 30 spin bikes
  • Full-size boxing ring, MMA cage and punch bags in our amazing combat zone

Kettlebell Workout Guide | Staying Fit at Home

Kettlebell Home Workout Guide
Kettlebell Home Workout Guide

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Kettlebell Workout Guide at Home

We understand the importance of fitness, health and exercise and that’s why we’re encouraging everyone to keep working towards their goals whilst at home. At Xercise4Less Gyms, we’ve put together a number of home workouts that will help each and every single one of you focus on your fitness whilst at home, despite our gyms being closed on Government instruction from the 20th of March 2020. Smash those fitness goals, kickstart your fitness journey and join our fun and inclusive fitness community.

If you’re not yet an Xercise4Less Gym member, we’re giving everyone free access to our online gym portal, providing dedicated workouts you can do at home or back in the gym once we re-open. To re-assure you, we’ll continue to provide everyone with free access even past the initial 90 days should we need to extend our home fitness option to the UK public while we all battle the Coronavirus pandemic. Stay well, fit and healthy and follow our at home workouts for free.

What Is a Kettlebell Workout?

A kettlebell workout will help you work on your strength from home and hopefully build up some muscle whilst our gyms are closed and you can then use our quality equipment and facilities to develop this even further. A kettlebell workout is a combination of full body exercises to make sure that you’re giving your whole body the fitness blast it needs at home or outside in your garden.

Older Woman Training with Kettlebell

What You Need For a Kettlebell Workout

You’ll need at least 1 kettlebell. If you have a couple of different weighted kettlebells, grab all of these so that you have the option lifting heavier weights on different exercises. If you don’t have access to a kettlebell at home, don’t worry. A good household alternative is a filling up a bag or rucksack with household items so that you’re carrying one object with a substantial amount of weight behind it. Give your maximum energy throughout to maximise the results.

Exercise 1: Kettlebell Swings

Stand up straight with your legs shoulder width apart. Hold your kettlebell between you legs with both hands. Hold it by the handle to make it easier to swing. Slightly bend your knees and stick your bum out. Thrust your hips forward to help you swing the kettlebell upwards until your hands are up to shoulder height. Squeeze your bum at the top of the swing to really engage your glutes with each swing.

Complete 3 sets of with a 30 second rest between each set. The first set should be 12 reps, then 10 reps, then 8 reps.

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Exercise 2: Goblet Squats

Stand upright and hold your weight with both hands close to your chest. Stand with your feet hip width apart and sit down into a low squat. A goblet squat is all about that depth so try to get as low as you can to really feel the benefits of this exercise.

Complete 3 sets of with a 30 second rest between each set. The first set should be 12 reps, then 10 reps, then 8 reps.

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Exercise 3: Deadlifts

A deadlift is a great full body exercise and definitely works those legs. Start by standing upright holding your ‘kettlebell’ between your legs. Bend down so that you touch the floor with your weight and then stand upright again, slightly leaning back as you come up. Try to keep your back straight when performing because hunching can cause an injury to your lower back.

Complete 3 sets of with a 30 second rest between each set. The first set should be 12 reps, then 10 reps, then 8 reps.

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Exercise 4: Goblet Lunges

To perform a goblet lunge, you’ll need to hold your kettlebell between both hands close to your chest. Lower your body into a lunge with your left leg and then return upright. Lunge with your right leg; keep alternating legs until all reps have been performed. Goblet lunges slightly increase the difficulty as you have the added weight on top of your bodyweight to lift up from the lunge.

Complete 3 sets of with a 30 second rest between each set. The first set should be 12 reps, then 10 reps, then 8 reps.

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Exercise 5: Bottom Up Presses

For this next exercise, you’ll need two lighter kettlebell or just two lighter weighted objects. Hold the weights in front of your shoulders and then press your shoulders into the air to finish this workout with a shoulder burning exercise.  

Complete 3 sets of this exercise with a 30 second rest between each set. The first set should be 12 reps, then 10 reps, then 8 reps.

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If you’re not yet an Xercise4Less Gym member, we’re giving everyone free access to our online gym portal, providing dedicated workouts you can do at home or back in the gym once we re-open. To re-assure you, we’ll continue to provide everyone with free access even past the initial 90 days should we need to extend our home fitness option to the UK public while we all battle the Coronavirus pandemic. Stay well, fit and healthy and follow our at home workouts for free.

Watch Our Personal Trainer Video:

Not sure how to perform each exercise? Want someone to coach you through each movement? Watch our Personal Trainer Helen as she guides you through this full Kettlebell Workout.

Kettlebell Workout Guide Summary:

Goal

 

Get Fit

Equipment

 

Kettlebell(s)

Fitness Space

 

4m x 4m clear area like a living room, garden or dining room.

Level

 

Novice

Duration

 

25 minutes

Days per week

 

1

Cycle Duration

 

1 Weeks

Repeat

 

Once a day

Xercise4Less Home Workout Guides

We have split our at home or at the gym workouts into a number of different focuses meaning that you can target different areas of your body throughout the week in a range of different style workouts. We aim to switch up these workouts each week. Whatever your goals and however you usually spend time in the gym, take this time to embrace something new and stay on track towards your current fitness goals.

Try our Kettlebell Home Workout by signing up to our exclusive member community today and get access to our motivational member forums, insider nutrition tips and much more!

Don’t Postpone Your Goals; Get Fit and Strong at Home

Being at home can still have a positive impact on your fitness journey. If you’ve got fitness goals you want to achieve, follow our home workouts and still make encouraging steps towards smashing those goals. All of the exercises that you find in our Kettlebell Workout from home can be performed in the comfort of your home or back in the gym. You can access the workout wherever and whenever you like from your phone, laptop or smart device.

Home Workout Safety Information

Before following the workout, make sure that you have enough space to perform movements freely to prevent any injury. If you need a piece of furniture to perform an exercise, make sure that it can stand your weight and that the movement feels comfortable. If you’re struggling, please switch the exercise for something that feels more natural. There isn’t much different in terms of safety when it comes to home workout vs gym workouts; just practice correct form to stay safe and prevent injury.

Man Weight Lifting

Join our fun and inclusive fitness community

During this difficult time, we’re encouraging people to come together. Focus your love for fitness and the gym into our new series of home workouts that still allow you to work towards your goals and health in the comfort of your own home. Share your workouts with us and show us how you’re using this time to continue on your fitness journey with Xercise4Less Gyms. Once you’ve repeated the exercises at home and built up confidence, make a visit to the gym once we’re back open and use our wide range of quality equipment and facilities to improve your strength further.

All Xercise4Less Gyms provide members with access to a range of top quality kit as part of our great value gym memberships, including:

  • Private and self-contained Female Only gym zones for female members
  • Over 400 pieces of gym equipment for beginners to bodybuilders
  • Dedicated cardio and free weights training areas to build up your fitness
  • Motivated Personal trainers to help you achieve your health ambitions
  • Free weights ranging from 2kg to 75kg to build up your fitness
  • Wide range of resistance machines for toning and building muscle
  • Strength training apparatus like Olympic lifting platforms and squat racks for power lifters
  • Great selection of weight plates and cable machines for weight training
  • Large fitness studio perfect for stretching or creating custom mini cardio or light-weighted circuits with boxes, barbells, mats and plates
  • Purpose-built spinning-area with 30 spin bikes
  • Full-size boxing ring, MMA cage and punch bags in our amazing combat zone

Bands Workout Guide | Staying Fit at Home

Bands Home Workout Guide
Bands Home Workout Guide

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Bands Workout Guide at Home

We understand the importance of fitness, health and exercise and that’s why we’re encouraging everyone to keep working towards their goals whilst at home. At Xercise4Less Gyms, we’ve put together a number of home workouts that will help each and every single one of you focus on your fitness whilst at home, despite our gyms being closed on Government instruction from the 20th of March 2020. Smash those fitness goals, kickstart your fitness journey and join our fun and inclusive fitness community.

If you’re not yet an Xercise4Less Gym member, we’re giving everyone free access to our online gym portal, providing dedicated workouts you can do at home or back in the gym once we re-open. To re-assure you, we’ll continue to provide everyone with free access even past the initial 90 days should we need to extend our home fitness option to the UK public while we all battle the Coronavirus pandemic. Stay well, fit and healthy and follow our at home workouts for free.

What Is a Bands Workout?

A resistance bands workout helps you focus on your strength. You’ll be able to increase your strength due to the resistance built up from the bands and the movements you complete with them. In the absence of weights whilst our gyms are closed, focus on toning and conditioning your body. Bands are very simple but very effective and can help you to boost your full body strength and fitness with ease. We’ve designed this workout guide for all fitness abilities so grab your bands and get involved!

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What You Need For a Functional Beginner Workout

The main piece of equipment you’ll need is your resistance bands. If you have a few different sizes and strengths, even better. For one of the exercise, you’ll need to sit on something. This may be a dining chair, bench or your bed. Make sure that you’ve created a dedicated exercise space so that you can workout freely too to prevent injuries.

Exercise 1: Hip Thrusts

Lay down with your back on the floor and raise your knees. Place a resistance band around your knees and then place your hands flat on the floor. When you’re ready, raise your hips into the air but keep your shoulders resting on the floor. Squeeze your glutes when performing this exercise to engage your lower body muscles.

Complete 3 sets of with a 30 second rest between each set. The first set should be 12 reps, then 10 reps, then 8 reps.

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Exercise 2: Deadlifts

Put your resistance band on the floor and stand on one side of it and hold the top of it with both hands. Your feet should be around hip width apart. Stand up straight and then bend down so that you nearly touch your toes and then stand upright again, slightly leaning back as you come up. Try to keep your back straight when performing because hunching can cause an injury to your lower back.

Complete 3 sets of with a 30 second rest between each set. The first set should be 12 reps, then 10 reps, then 8 reps.

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Exercise 3: Deadlifts

Repeat the exact same exercise as before.

Complete 3 sets of with a 30 second rest between each set. The first set should be 12 reps, then 10 reps, then 8 reps.

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Exercise 4: Laying Hip Abductions

Lay flat on the floor for the next exercise and this time, place your resistance bands around the middle of your feet. To complete this exercise, simply open your legs and try to push your legs outwards to around shoulder width.

Complete 3 sets of with a 30 second rest between each set. The first set should be 12 reps, then 10 reps, then 8 reps.

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Exercise 5: Front Raise to Side (Right)

Stand up and place your resistance band underneath your right foot and hold it in your right hand. Pull the band upwards to shoulder height and then move your arm out to the side and then return your arm to your side. You should be making a circle movement with your arms but slow it down to really work the muscle.

Complete 3 sets of this exercise with a 30 second rest between each set. The first set should be 12 reps, then 10 reps, then 8 reps.

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If you’re not yet an Xercise4Less Gym member, we’re giving everyone free access to our online gym portal, providing dedicated workouts you can do at home or back in the gym once we re-open. To re-assure you, we’ll continue to provide everyone with free access even past the initial 90 days should we need to extend our home fitness option to the UK public while we all battle the Coronavirus pandemic. Stay well, fit and healthy and follow our at home workouts for free.

Exercise 6: Front Raise to Side (Left)

Repeat the same exercise but now with your left arm.

Complete 3 sets of this exercise with a 30 second rest between each set. The first set should be 12 reps, then 10 reps, then 8 reps.

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Exercise 7: Seated Hamstring Curls (Right)

Take a seat on your dining chair, bench, sofa or whatever you’re using at home or in the garden. You’ll need to place one side of the band around something like the dining table leg or your sofa leg to build some resistance. Place the other side of your band around your right ankle. Put your leg out flat and then pull your heel towards your body to work your legs. Hold this position for a couple of seconds and then stretch your leg out again.

Complete 3 sets of this exercise with a 30 second rest between each set. The first set should be 12 reps, then 10 reps, then 8 reps.

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Exercise 8: Seated Hamstring Curls (Left)

Repeat this same exercise again but on your left leg.

Complete 3 sets of this exercise with a 30 second rest between each set. The first set should be 12 reps, then 10 reps, then 8 reps.

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Not sure how to perform each exercise? Want someone to coach you through each movement? Watch our Personal Trainer Laura as she guides you through this full Resistance Bands workout.

Bands Workout Guide Summary:

Goal

 

Get Fit

Equipment

 

Resistance Bands

Chair/bench/sofa/bed

Fitness Space

 

4m x 4m clear area like a living room, garden or dining room.

Level

 

Beginner

Duration

 

35 minutes

Days per week

 

1

Cycle Duration

 

1 Weeks

Repeat

 

Once a day

Xercise4Less Home Workout Guides

We have split our at home or at the gym workouts into a number of different focuses meaning that you can target different areas of your body throughout the week in a range of different style workouts. We aim to switch up these workouts each week. Whatever your goals and however you usually spend time in the gym, take this time to embrace something new and stay on track towards your current fitness goals.

Try our Bands Home Workout by signing up to our exclusive member community today and get access to our motivational member forums, insider nutrition tips and much more!

Don’t Postpone Your Goals; Get Fit and Strong at Home

Being at home can still have a positive impact on your fitness journey. If you’ve got fitness goals you want to achieve, follow our home workouts and still make encouraging steps towards smashing those goals. All of the exercises that you find in our Bands Workout from home can be performed in the comfort of your home or back in the gym. You can access the workout wherever and whenever you like from your phone, laptop or smart device.

Home Workout Safety Information

Before following the workout, make sure that you have enough space to perform movements freely to prevent any injury. If you need a piece of furniture to perform an exercise, make sure that it can stand your weight and that the movement feels comfortable. If you’re struggling, please switch the exercise for something that feels more natural. There isn’t much different in terms of safety when it comes to home workout vs gym workouts; just practice correct form to stay safe and prevent injury.

Cross Trainer

Join our fun and inclusive fitness community

During this difficult time, we’re encouraging people to come together. Focus your love for fitness and the gym into our new series of home workouts that still allow you to work towards your goals and health in the comfort of your own home. Share your workouts with us and show us how you’re using this time to continue on your fitness journey with Xercise4Less Gyms. Once you’ve repeated the exercises at home and built up confidence, make a visit to the gym once we’re back open and use our wide range of quality equipment and facilities to improve your strength further.

All Xercise4Less Gyms provide members with access to a range of top quality kit as part of our great value gym memberships, including:

  • Private and self-contained Female Only gym zones for female members
  • Over 400 pieces of gym equipment for beginners to bodybuilders
  • Dedicated cardio and free weights training areas to build up your fitness
  • Motivated Personal trainers to help you achieve your health ambitions
  • Free weights ranging from 2kg to 75kg to build up your fitness
  • Wide range of resistance machines for toning and building muscle
  • Strength training apparatus like Olympic lifting platforms and squat racks for power lifters
  • Great selection of weight plates and cable machines for weight training
  • Large fitness studio perfect for stretching or creating custom mini cardio or light-weighted circuits with boxes, barbells, mats and plates
  • Purpose-built spinning-area with 30 spin bikes
  • Full-size boxing ring, MMA cage and punch bags in our amazing combat zone

Stick and Band Workout Guide | Staying Fit at Home

Stick and Band Home Workout Guide
Stick and Band Home Workout Guide

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Stick and Band Workout Guide at Home

We understand the importance of fitness, health and exercise and that’s why we’re encouraging everyone to keep working towards their goals whilst at home. At Xercise4Less Gyms, we’ve put together a number of home workouts that will help each and every single one of you focus on your fitness whilst at home, despite our gyms being closed on Government instruction from the 20th of March 2020. Smash those fitness goals, kickstart your fitness journey and join our fun and inclusive fitness community.

If you’re not yet an Xercise4Less Gym member, we’re giving everyone free access to our online gym portal, providing dedicated workouts you can do at home or back in the gym once we re-open. To re-assure you, we’ll continue to provide everyone with free access even past the initial 90 days should we need to extend our home fitness option to the UK public while we all battle the Coronavirus pandemic. Stay well, fit and healthy and follow our at home workouts for free.

What Is a Stick and Band Workout?

Our stick and band workout guide will help you boost your fitness at home and focus on toning and conditioning your body. We’ve included exercises for your full body meaning that you can focus on different muscles at different times throughout the workout and you’ll leave feeling empowered and positive. In the absence of free weight equipment whilst our gyms are closed, still pump those muscles by following this resistance training routine. This is something that all abilities can try, just make sure you have the equipment needed.

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What You Need For a Stick and Band Workout

The two pieces of equipment that you need for this exercise routine are resistance bands and a stick. The stick could just be a sweeping brush handle or a mop handle, something that you can use in the exercises below. Make sure that you’ve created a dedicated exercise space so that you can workout freely too to prevent injuries.

Exercise 1: Bicep Curls

Attach your resistance band to your stick and stand on top of the bottom of your resistance band. Hold the stick from underneath and pull your arms from your hips up towards your chest. This should be working your biceps and the resistance will help you to build up your strength.

Complete 3 sets of with a 30 second rest between each set. The first set should be 12 reps, then 10 reps, then 8 reps.

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Exercise 2: Reverse Lunges (Left)

Keep the stick and band attached and this time place the resistance band underneath your right foot and place the stick on your back as if it was a barbell. Stand with your feet around hip width apart and lower yourself into a reverse lunge with your left leg.

Complete 3 sets of with a 30 second rest between each set. The first set should be 12 reps, then 10 reps, then 8 reps.

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Exercise 3: Reverse Lunges (Right)

Repeat the same exercise as before but this time on your right leg. You’ll now need to stand on your resistance band with your left foot and lunge backwards with your right leg.

Complete 3 sets of with a 30 second rest between each set. The first set should be 12 reps, then 10 reps, then 8 reps.

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Exercise 4: Squats

Keep the stick on your back but this time stand on your resistance bands with both of your feet so that you’re stood ‘inside’ of your resistance band. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and sit down into a squat. The lower that you perform your squats the better for your legs and glutes; just remember to keep your back straight and not hunch over.

Complete 3 sets of with a 30 second rest between each set. The first set should be 12 reps, then 10 reps, then 8 reps.

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Exercise 5: Dynamic Hand Planks

For this next exercise, you’ll need to be on the floor. Get into a high plank position so that your hands are flat on the floor and your bodyweight is resting your tip toes. For this exercise, you’ll need a resistance band around your wrists. Once you’re in position, simply move your hands out to the side alternatively. Start with your left hand and then return it to the middle and then repeat this movement with your right hand.

Complete 3 sets of this exercise with a 30 second rest between each set. The first set should be 12 reps, then 10 reps, then 8 reps.

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If you’re not yet an Xercise4Less Gym member, we’re giving everyone free access to our online gym portal, providing dedicated workouts you can do at home or back in the gym once we re-open. To re-assure you, we’ll continue to provide everyone with free access even past the initial 90 days should we need to extend our home fitness option to the UK public while we all battle the Coronavirus pandemic. Stay well, fit and healthy and follow our at home workouts for free.

Exercise 6: Side Walks (Right)

Stand up again with your hip width apart and a resistance band around your knees. Slightly bend your knees so that you’re performing a ‘half squat’ and then simply perform some steps walking out to your right hand side.

Complete 3 sets of this exercise with a 30 second rest between each set. The first set should be 12 reps, then 10 reps, then 8 reps.

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Exercise 7: Tricep Extensions (Left)

For this last exercise, stand up straight with your right arm behind your back and your left arm up by your head. You’ll need to hold your resistance band between your hands as you’ll be stretching this to complete the exercise. With your left hand, simply push upwards to raise your hand above your head until you feel a pull in your tricep. Return your arm behind your neck and then push upwards again.

Complete 3 sets of this exercise with a 30 second rest between each set. The first set should be 12 reps, then 10 reps, then 8 reps.

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Not sure how to perform each exercise? Want someone to coach you through each movement? Watch our Personal Trainer Callum as he guides you through this full Stick and Band Workout.

Stick and Band Workout Guide Summary:

Goal

 

Get Fit

Equipment

 

None required

Fitness Space

 

4m x 4m clear area like a living room, garden or dining room.

Level

 

Beginner

Duration

 

25 minutes

Days per week

 

1

Cycle Duration

 

1 Weeks

Repeat

 

Once a day

Xercise4Less Home Workout Guides

We have split our at home or at the gym workouts into a number of different focuses meaning that you can target different areas of your body throughout the week in a range of different style workouts. We aim to switch up these workouts each week. Whatever your goals and however you usually spend time in the gym, take this time to embrace something new and stay on track towards your current fitness goals.

Try our Stick and Band Home Workout by signing up to our exclusive member community today and get access to our motivational member forums, insider nutrition tips and much more!

Don’t Postpone Your Goals; Get Fit and Strong at Home

Being at home can still have a positive impact on your fitness journey. If you’ve got fitness goals you want to achieve, follow our home workouts and still make encouraging steps towards smashing those goals. All of the exercises that you find in our Stick and Band Workout from home can be performed in the comfort of your home or back in the gym. You can access the workout wherever and whenever you like from your phone, laptop or smart device.

Home Workout Safety Information

Before following the workout, make sure that you have enough space to perform movements freely to prevent any injury. If you need a piece of furniture to perform an exercise, make sure that it can stand your weight and that the movement feels comfortable. If you’re struggling, please switch the exercise for something that feels more natural. There isn’t much different in terms of safety when it comes to home workout vs gym workouts; just practice correct form to stay safe and prevent injury.

Squats in Class

Join our fun and inclusive fitness community

During this difficult time, we’re encouraging people to come together. Focus your love for fitness and the gym into our new series of home workouts that still allow you to work towards your goals and health in the comfort of your own home. Share your workouts with us and show us how you’re using this time to continue on your fitness journey with Xercise4Less Gyms. Once you’ve repeated the exercises at home and built up confidence, make a visit to the gym once we’re back open and use our wide range of quality equipment and facilities to improve your strength further.

All Xercise4Less Gyms provide members with access to a range of top quality kit as part of our great value gym memberships, including:

  • Private and self-contained Female Only gym zones for female members
  • Over 400 pieces of gym equipment for beginners to bodybuilders
  • Dedicated cardio and free weights training areas to build up your fitness
  • Motivated Personal trainers to help you achieve your health ambitions
  • Free weights ranging from 2kg to 75kg to build up your fitness
  • Wide range of resistance machines for toning and building muscle
  • Strength training apparatus like Olympic lifting platforms and squat racks for power lifters
  • Great selection of weight plates and cable machines for weight training
  • Large fitness studio perfect for stretching or creating custom mini cardio or light-weighted circuits with boxes, barbells, mats and plates
  • Purpose-built spinning-area with 30 spin bikes
  • Full-size boxing ring, MMA cage and punch bags in our amazing combat zone

Dumbbell Workout Guide | Staying Fit at Home

Dumbbell Home Workout Guide
Dumbbell Home Workout Guide

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Dumbbell Workout Guide at Home

We understand the importance of fitness, health and exercise and that’s why we’re encouraging everyone to keep working towards their goals whilst at home. At Xercise4Less Gyms, we’ve put together a number of home workouts that will help each and every single one of you focus on your fitness whilst at home, despite our gyms being closed on Government instruction from the 20th of March 2020. Smash those fitness goals, kickstart your fitness journey and join our fun and inclusive fitness community.

If you’re not yet an Xercise4Less Gym member, we’re giving everyone free access to our online gym portal, providing dedicated workouts you can do at home or back in the gym once we re-open. To re-assure you, we’ll continue to provide everyone with free access even past the initial 90 days should we need to extend our home fitness option to the UK public while we all battle the Coronavirus pandemic. Stay well, fit and healthy and follow our at home workouts for free.

What Is a Dumbbell Workout?

A dumbbell workout will help you work on your strength from home and hopefully build up some muscles whilst our gyms are closed and you can then use our quality equipment and facilities to develop this even further. A dumbbell workout means that you’ll be using a couple of pieces of weighted equipment – it’s a combination of full body exercises to make sure that you’re giving your whole body the fitness blast it needs at home.

Dumbbells

What You Need For a Dumbbell Workout

You’ll need at least 2 dumbbells. If you have a couple of different weights, grab all of these so that you have the option of pushing yourself when you want to. If you don’t have access to dumbbells at home, don’t worry. You can use some household alternatives such as bags of sugar or rice or just a couple of water bottles. Just give your maximum energy throughout to maximise the results. Time to blast your favourite workout playlist and get started!

Exercise 1: Goblet Lunge

To perform a goblet lunge, you’ll need one dumbbell. Hold this dumbbell between both hands close to your chest and lower your body into a lunge with your left leg. Return upright and then lunge with your right leg; keep alternating legs until all reps have been performed. Goblet lunges slightly increase the difficulty as you have the added weight on top of your bodyweight to lift up from the lunge.

Complete 2 sets of 15 reps with a 30 second rest after each set.

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Remember we’re giving everyone free access to our online gym portal, providing dedicated workouts you can do at home or back in the gym once we re-open.

Exercise 2: Squats

Grab a dumbbell in each hand or whatever household alternative you have and stand upright with your legs shoulder width apart. Slowly sit down into a squat and then return upright. It’s important to keep your back straight to avoid injury and to keep your head upright and facing forwards will help you to get the correct posture. Sit into these squats as low as you possibly can to really engage your glutes.

Complete 2 sets of 15 reps with a 30 second rest after each set.

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Exercise 3: Press Up Fly

For this next exercise, it’s going to be a bit easier if you’re on a hard floor or concrete in your garden instead of carpet as the dumbbells will move a little bit easier. To get started, lay flat on the floor with a dumbbell in each hand on the outside of your chest. As you push yourself in the air to perform a press up, try to bring the dumbbells together and then as you lower yourself back down, roll the dumbbells away from each other.

Complete 2 sets of 15 reps with a 30 second rest after each set.

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Remember we’re giving everyone free access to our online gym portal, providing dedicated workouts you can do at home or back in the gym once we re-open.

Exercise 4: Decline Press Ups

For this next exercise, you’ll need your raised platform to rest your legs on. Get into the same position as you did for the last exercise, so that you’re resting your hands on your dumbbells but now your feet are on the raised platform. Now perform a press up as normal; lower yourself towards the ground and press back up into the air.

Complete 2 sets of 15 reps with a 30 second rest after each set.

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Exercise 5: Standing Shoulder Presses

Stand up straight from this next exercise and hold one dumbbell in each hand. Bring both hands up so that they’re at either side of your shoulders and simply push them into the air until they meet in the middle above your head. Try to control the movement the best that you can to prevent injury to your shoulders and back.

Complete 2 sets of 15 reps with a 30 second rest after each set.

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 *Check out ALL of our @Home Workout Guides*

If you’re not yet an Xercise4Less Gym member, we’re giving everyone free access to our online gym portal, providing dedicated workouts you can do at home or back in the gym once we re-open. To re-assure you, we’ll continue to provide everyone with free access even past the initial 90 days should we need to extend our home fitness option to the UK public while we all battle the Coronavirus pandemic. Stay well, fit and healthy and follow our at home workouts for free.

Exercise 6: Front Raises

Stand upright again but now with your right leg out in front of your left to help with your balance. Slowly bring your right arm up out in front of you up to shoulder height and then return your arm to your hip. After this, raise your left arm and keep alternating between your arms until you’ve performed all of the reps.

Complete 2 sets of 15 reps with a 30 second rest after each set.

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Exercise 7: Bent Over Rows

Stand up straight your feet shoulder width apart. Hold a dumbbell in each hand and lean forward so that your body in nearly parallel with your ground – slightly bend your knees so that this is more comfortable. This is your starting position. Now, extend your arms down to your knees and then pull them up towards your belly button. Squeeze your back as you do this to work really work your upper body.

Complete 2 sets of 15 reps with a 30 second rest after each set.

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Exercise 8: Seated Bent Over Rows

For this next exercise, you’ll need a hard upright chair – something like that a dining chair or garden chair/bench and not a sofa or armchair. Sit down in the chair and hold your dumbbells at either side of you. Lean your body forward with your face parallel to the floor and then raise your arms up toward your hips and squeeze your back muscles. You should feel your back working even more as you perform each rep.

Complete 2 sets of 15 reps with a 30 second rest after each set.

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 *Check out ALL of our @Home Workout Guides*

Remember we’re giving everyone free access to our online gym portal, providing dedicated workouts you can do at home or back in the gym once we re-open.

Exercise 9: Seated Tricep Extensions

Take a seat on the chair and grab a dumbbell between two hands. Place your hands behind your head and then lift the dumbbell so that it is above your head. As you’re doing this, you’ll be pull on and working your triceps which is helping them to get stronger.

Complete 2 sets of 15 reps with a 30 second rest after each set.

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Exercise 10: Standing Bicep Curls

Stand up straight with your weights in either hand. By standing up, you’ll be able to engage your core at the same time which is great for ab definition. To perform your first rep, simply pull your left arm up towards your shoulder and squeeze your bicep muscle. Now, repeat this movement with your right arm and continue alternating your arms in this way.

Complete 2 sets of 15 reps with a 30 second rest after each set.

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Not sure how to perform each exercise? Want someone to coach you through each movement? Watch our Personal Trainer Lewis as he guides you through this full Dumbbell Workout.

Dumbbell Workout Guide Summary:

Goal

 

Shape and Tone

Equipment

 

Dumbbells or household alternatives

Upright chair

Raised platform i.e. storage box, coffee table, step

Fitness Space

 

3m x 3m clear area like a living room, garden or dining room.

Level

 

Beginner

Duration

 

30 minutes

Days per week

 

3

Cycle Duration

 

1 Weeks

Repeat

 

Once

Xercise4Less Home Workout Guides

We have split our at home or at the gym workouts into a number of different focuses meaning that you can target different areas of your body throughout the week in a range of different style workouts. We aim to switch up these workouts each week. Whatever your goals and however you usually spend time in the gym, take this time to embrace something new and stay on track towards your current fitness goals.

Try our Dumbbell Home Workout by signing up to our exclusive member community today and get access to our motivational member forums, insider nutrition tips and much more!

Don’t Postpone Your Goals; Get Fit and Strong at Home

Being at home can still have a positive impact on your fitness journey. If you’ve got fitness goals you want to achieve, follow our home workouts and still make encouraging steps towards smashing those goals. All of the exercises that you find in our Dumbbell Workout from home can be performed in the comfort of your home or back in the gym. You can access the workout wherever and whenever you like from your phone, laptop or smart device.

Home Workout Safety Information

Before following the workout, make sure that you have enough space to perform movements freely to prevent any injury. If you need a piece of furniture to perform an exercise, make sure that it can stand your weight and that the movement feels comfortable. If you’re struggling, please switch the exercise for something that feels more natural. There isn’t much different in terms of safety when it comes to home workout vs gym workouts; just practice correct form to stay safe and prevent injury.

Improve health at the gym

Join our fun and inclusive fitness community

During this difficult time, we’re encouraging people to come together. Focus your love for fitness and the gym into our new series of home workouts that still allow you to work towards your goals and health in the comfort of your own home. Share your workouts with us and show us how you’re using this time to continue on your fitness journey with Xercise4Less Gyms. Once you’ve repeated the exercises at home and built up confidence, make a visit to the gym once we’re back open and use our wide range of quality equipment and facilities to improve your strength further.

All Xercise4Less Gyms provide members with access to a range of top quality kit as part of our great value gym memberships, including:

  • Private and self-contained Female Only gym zones for female members
  • Over 400 pieces of gym equipment for beginners to bodybuilders
  • Dedicated cardio and free weights training areas to build up your fitness
  • Motivated Personal trainers to help you achieve your health ambitions
  • Free weights ranging from 2kg to 75kg to build up your fitness
  • Wide range of resistance machines for toning and building muscle
  • Strength training apparatus like Olympic lifting platforms and squat racks for power lifters
  • Great selection of weight plates and cable machines for weight training
  • Large fitness studio perfect for stretching or creating custom mini cardio or light-weighted circuits with boxes, barbells, mats and plates
  • Purpose-built spinning-area with 30 spin bikes
  • Full-size boxing ring, MMA cage and punch bags in our amazing combat zone

High Intensity vs. Low Intensity Training

Girl Using Battleropes
Girl Using Battleropes

Working Towards Your Fitness Goals

Whatever your personal fitness goals, it’s important to remain focused on them despite having to make some changes to your training routine at the moment. By maintaining a regular exercise routine, you’ll continue working towards your goals and also be making a really positive impact on your general health and wellbeing.

Everyone’s body is different. Everyone’s goals are different. We can’t all follow the same exercise routine; instead, use this time to try different training methods and exercise routines to see which helps you and what works best for you. Will it be high intensity or low intensity or a mixture of the two?

What is High Intensity Training?

High intensity training is the type of exercise that includes performing high energy movements and giving each movement your full energy. High intensity training includes working for certain periods of time with minimal rest which allows you to keep your heart rate consistently high. A great example of high intensity training is HIIT. HIIT workouts tend to include working for 40 seconds followed by a 15/20 second rest. In those 40 seconds to rest, you can perform exercises such as high knees, burpees, jumping jacks, skipping or sprints and give your maximum energy throughout.

High intensity training is suited to those who are working towards weight loss and want to reduce their body fat. You may not be wanting to lose weight but if you’re aiming to get fitter, high intensity training will push your fitness levels higher as you work harder and harder throughout the workout. High intensity training encourages faster results whether you’re working on weight loss, muscle gain or general fitness training.

High intensity training is tough but you can take it at your own pace. Within that 40 seconds of work time, fit in as many reps as you can; it doesn’t matter if that’s 5 or 25, the more that you follow this type of training, the more that you’ll be able to push yourself in the future.

HIIT Box Jumps

What is Low Intensity Training?

Low intensity training is a type of exercise that allows you to keep your heart rate steady as you’re maintaining a steady pace throughout. Low intensity training tends to include exercising for long periods of time i.e. 40-60 minutes of continuous exercise. Good examples of low intensity training at cycling, swimming, jogging, yoga, stretching and walking. All of these keep your body working for a continuous time and help you move closer to your fitness goals.

Some of the benefits of low intensity training include weight loss and fat burning. People tend to think of high intensity when it comes to losing weight but low intensity training is just as effective but it just means exercising over a longer period of time. For example, walking for 60 minutes could burn a similar amount of calories as a 20 minute HIIT workout so you should decide which works best for you.

Low intensity training is a great warm up for your gym session as it gets all of your key muscle groups working and boosts your heart rate. If you’re having a rest day, low intensity workouts such as Yoga, Tai-Chi and stretching are great for allowing your body to still make positive progress without putting too much strain on your body.

Tailor Your Workouts to You

Different ways of training are suitable for different people. No two bodies are the same and that’s why you need to find what works best for you. Trial a few different workouts and training styles to see what works best for you and what allows you to make positive progress on your fitness journey.

Whether you like to workout out for 20 minutes a day of an hour 1-2 times a week, low intensity might be suited to you or high intensity might be exactly what you’re looking for. You don’t know until you try so give them a go and see what helps you best.

Stay Active at Home to Boost Your Fitness

Continue to exercise at home whilst our gyms are closed whether you do something low or high intensity. We understand how important fitness is our community and that’s why we’ve created a wide range of @Home Workouts for different fitness abilities and fitness goals so that everyone can focus on their physical and mental health by staying active.

There is something for all abilities, interests and goals so log in via our website or X4L app today.

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On-Demand Fitness Classes, Are Here!

Get them all for free, every day without charge by signing up. No bank details required, continue your fitness journey online with Xercise4Less Gyms. 

If you’re not yet an Xercise4Less Gym member, we’re giving everyone free access to our online gym portal, providing dedicated live online exercise classes and workouts you can do at home or back in the gym once we re-open. To re-assure you, we’ll continue to provide everyone with free access even past the initial 90 days should we need to extend our home fitness option to the UK public while we all battle the Coronavirus pandemic. Stay well, fit and healthy and follow our at home workouts for free.

Boosting Your Weight Loss Results at Home

Weight Loss at Home
Weight Loss at Home

Working Towards Your Weight Loss

Were you using our gyms to help you with your weight loss? We understand that a lot of members benefit from our wide range of equipment and facilities to reach their weight loss goals but in the meantime, you can do this from home.

Remember why you started at the gym and remain focused on your goals so that you’re able to keep pushing yourself even on your challenging days to achieve your desired results. You may have a bit of extra time on your hands now that you’re at home; use this to your advantage and really focus on your weight loss and get the results you’ve always wanted.

Man Doing Plank in Gym

Burning More Calories Than You Consume

There is no secret method to weight loss. The simplest way to see it is that you need to burn more calories than you consume. This doesn’t mean that you need to restrict yourself from eating the food you like or sweet treats but you do need to eat these in moderation if you’re serious about your weight loss results.

If you’re eating slightly more when you’re at home, don’t worry about it. To make sure that you’re losing weight and in a calorie deficit, you just need to try move more to burn extra calories. This might mean doing a home workout during the day and then walking, running or cycling for an hour on an evening. By setting yourself daily targets, you’ll be able to reach your weight loss goals sooner than you think. For example, aim to walk 10,000 steps every day or do a HIIT or fat burning home workout every day. When you combine these with a healthy and balanced diet, you’ll receive the results you want.

In the absence of gym equipment, use what you can at home to keep you going. We’re all missing the gym and the wide range of facilities available to use but they’ll still be there when we reopen so in the meantime, get creative at home and follow a similar workout routine to help with weight loss.

Group Exercise Class

Try Different Types of Exercises to Lose Weight

There isn’t one set type of exercise that will help you to lose weight but there are lots of different things that you can do to move your body more that will help you burn excess calories and body fat. By changing up your exercise routine regularly it’ll keep you engaged and prevent you from getting bored. Once you get bored, you’re more likely to give in so try different things in your spare time and see what type of exercise is best suited to you and your body.

Your first type of exercise you could try is cardio. Cardio in our gyms means treadmills, exercise bikes, stair climbers and rowing machines but at home it’s slightly different. Mimic all of the movements you do at the gym in your house; for example, running outside, sprinting up and down your stairs and cycling outdoors. Cardiovascular exercise is proven to burn a large amount of calories which will making it slightly easier for you to burn excess calories and body fat.

HIIT is also a short yet effective weight loss exercise as it raises your heart rate and helps you burn calories fast. Don’t forget about weight training too. When you’re training with weighted equipment, you burn calories fast during but also after your workout which make it even more effective for weight loss.

Regular Exercise at Home Boosts Weight Loss

Try not to postpone your weight loss goals whilst you’re at home. You may be frustrated with the current situation but there are still things that you can do to make progress in terms of weight loss. On your lower days, remind yourself that all of our equipment, facilities and group exercise classes will be waiting for you once we reopen.

Whilst you might be missing your local Xercise4Less gym, use this time to try new things and mix up your typical training routine. Weight loss can be achieved with a variety of exercise types so give them a try and see what you end up falling in love with.

We’ve put together a wide range of @Home Workouts that you can complete in the comfort of your own home/garden. There is something for everyone – any ability, any fitness goal, any age – so whilst our gyms are temporarily closed, give one of them a try and see how it goes.

Staying Fit and Active During Lockdown

Woman Outside Running
Woman Outside Running

Regular Exercises Boosts Physical and Mental Health

Whilst you’re at home, it’s likely that you’ll experience periods of low mood and low motivation due to the current situation but try to push through that where you can. At Xercise4Less Gyms, we want to try help you do that by reminding you that exercise is a great thing that helps not only improve your physical fitness but boosts your mood and has a really positive effect on your mental health too.

You may usually follow a gym routine that includes attending your Xercise4Less gym one a week or maybe every day of the week and even though you’re unable to follow your usual gym routine, there are lots of ways you can exercise at home. Try to establish a regular exercise routine where you can as the benefits will make it all worth it.

Man doing Home Workout with Weights

Short and Regular Exercise is Key

Despite our gyms being closed and you being unable to follow your regular gym routine, there are a number of ways that you can keep exercising in the comfort of your own home or garden. It might not be the same but it’s a refreshing change to keep your mind and body occupied until we can reopen again.

We’re all recommended to exercise for at least 20 minutes a day. This is more than enough to stimulate our bodies and minds and leave us feeling energised. We always say that there is no such thing as a bad workout as whatever you choose to do always makes you feel better afterwards. If you can’t commit to a full hour session every day, that’s not a problem. Instead, do something for just 20 minutes a day that raises your heart rate, gets your muscles working and releases those all important endorphins around your body.

There is a wide range of exercising that you can do in just 20 minutes. Staying active is really important as it can help you stay on track with your progress already made so far this year, it will have a positive impact on your mental health too and it gives you something to do. Lockdown isn’t always easy so on your quieter days, try to fit in a short workout and you’ll soon notice how good it’ll make you feel.

Mix Up Your Workouts and Keep it Fun

Are you struggling for a bit of motivation for your home workouts? Maybe you’re used to your typical gym routine and can’t follow that whilst at home. Whatever your current situation, we have a few ideas of things that you can do whilst our gyms are temporarily closed to keep fit and active.

You could follow a HIIT workout at home. High intensity interval training is great for weight loss and requires no equipment. HIIT workouts tend to be short meaning that you exercise for only 15-20 minutes and still make significant progress towards your fitness goals. Go for a fast walk or run. The Government has allowed one form of outdoor exercise a day so make the most of that because it’s bound to make you feel better afterwards. Even something as simple as dancing is a great way to stay active and fit at home. Stick on your favourite music and dance around your house or garden to raise your heart rate and burn calories!

Use your free time to try something new. Remember those New Year’s Resolutions? Now is the perfect time to put them into action. Try Yoga for the first time or improve your flexibility and mobility with some stretches. This sort of activity is great for your physical and mental health and will allow you to keep making significant progress whilst our gyms are temporarily closed. Also, once our gyms do reopen, you’ll be able to jump straight back into your old gym routine because you have been staying active.

Workout at Home to Smash Your Goals

Do you remember why you joined one of our gyms in the first place? Whether that was to help you lose weight, build up strength and muscle, tone and condition or just to have a positive impact on your mental health, you can still do exactly that at home until our doors open again.

You’re not going to cancel out any of that hard work if you continue to exercise at home whether it’s low or high intensity. We understand how important your fitness journey is to members of our fitness community and that’s why we’ve created a wide range of @Home Workouts for different fitness abilities and fitness goals so that everyone can focus on their physical and mental health by staying active.

The Best Bodyweight Exercises for Weight Loss

Woman Skipping in Gym
Woman Skipping in Gym

Burn Calories and Body Fat With Bodyweight Exercises

There are lots of different ways that you can lose weight and work on weight loss fitness goals with exercise. One of the ways to do that is with bodyweight exercises. These are a really effective way of working out and they can help you to build up your heart rate when performed quickly which results in your body burning more calories and body fat.

Trying to lose weight whilst our gyms are closed? Stick with us and we’ll show you how to smash your weight loss goals at the home until you can get back to your gym routine. For the best possible weight loss results, it’s important to get your diet clean and suited to your lifestyle choices. When combining the two of these, you’ll be able to drop your weight much faster.

group hiit fitness workout xmas dinner blog

The Ultimate Weight Loss Routine

When it comes to bodyweight exercises and weight loss, there is only really one result – high intensity training. A firm favourite workout style of ours is HiiT; high intensity interval training. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this type of training, it includes working out for short periods of time but giving your full energy and maximum potential in each exercise interval. Combining this with minimal rest periods allows you to keep your heart rate high, improve your cardiovascular fitness and ultimately burn a high amount of calories.

If you’re trying to lose weight at the moment, follow HIIT workouts at home. The only piece of ‘equipment’ that you’ll need is yourself so find yourself a dedicated exercise space either in the house or in the garden and start working out.

Exercises that include maximum movement are the ones that will help you burn calories fast. This is movements such as jumping lunges, squat jumps, jumping jacks, high knees and tuck jumps. Depending on your fitness abilities, you may find some high energy bodyweight exercises difficult but always push yourself to do what you can. If you’re unable to perform squat jumps, opt for a static squat instead but increase the speed of your reps to push yourself closer to your weight loss goals. This should help you build up the ability and confidence to perform a full squat jump in later days, weeks or months.

Full Body Bodyweight Exercises

The great things about bodyweight exercise is that it provides no barriers to your workout. You’re able to work every muscle and every body part as you wish. Whatever your problem area or the muscle group that you’re trying to target, there is a bodyweight exercise that will help you in that specific area. Another positive to bodyweight exercises is that they’re something everyone can try. Gym beginners might not be familiar with free weights or certain machines in the gym, but you don’t have to worry about that. Whether you’ve never stepped into a gym before or attend X4L 7 days a week, bodyweight exercises can be really beneficial to you and your fitness goals.

Is your upper body a problem area for you? Tricep dips are a great bodyweight exercise that help to tone your upper arms and the faster that you perform this exercise, the more calories your body will burn. Press ups are another great exercise and exercises such as mountain climbers, sprints and burpees are perfect for working your full body at one time. Similarly, if you’re looking to tone your legs, try some jumping lunges. With each jump you’ll fire up your quads and glutes whilst pushing your body into a fat burning state.

The more energy that you put into your bodyweight exercises and workouts, the better your weight loss results will be. You simply burn more calories when your heart rate is higher. So, don’t worry about any equipment for the time being, focus on building strong foundations with regular bodyweight movements instead and reap the many benefits. Once you’ve done this, you can explore the wide range of equipment and facilities we have in our gyms across the UK with confidence and ease.

Keep Smashing Your Fitness Goals at Home

At Xercise4Less Gyms, we understand how important your fitness goals are to you and we respect our varied fitness community. We’ve put together a wide range of @Home Workouts suited to all fitness abilities and people with weight loss goals, strength building goals and much more.

If you’re without equipment at the moment, don’t worry, we’ve put together a number of workouts that you can follow such as HIIT 1, HIIT Lower Body, HIIT Upper Circuit and more. All of these require only your bodyweight and will help you smash your weight loss goals whilst we’re temporarily closed.