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Core 4 Home Workout Guide

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Core 4 Workout Guide at Home

We want to ensure everyone is still able to stay fit, active and continue working towards their fitness goals. At Xercise4Less Gyms, we’ve put together a number of home workouts that will help you focus on your fitness whilst at home, despite our gyms being closed on Government instruction from the 20th of March 2020.

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 Core 4 Workout?

Your abdominal muscles (abs) all sit in your stomach and by working these muscles in dedicated core workouts, you’ll start to notice more definition on your stomach and could even work towards having a 6-pack if you work hard. Tone and sculpt your stomach with this core workout created by our expert personal trainers. We want to keep you motivated during this time and help you to keep working towards your fitness goals. Follow this range of movements and embrace the burn in your core. We guarantee that you’ll feel better after completing these exercises; just 16 minutes of exercise will have a positive impact on your mental wellbeing and will give you an extra bit of motivation and energy.

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What You Need For a Core 4 Workout

This is one of our non-equipment workouts so all you need is a bit of dedicated space in your home to work on these. Some of these exercises are floor-based, so if you have a yoga mat, that’ll help to give you a bit of support extra. If not, just find a comfortable spot on your carpet or rug. Now, grab your gym kit and a comfortable pair of trainers and let’s go!

Exercise 1: Jumping Jacks

Start with your feet together and your arms by your side. As you jump, your arms need to go into the air above your head and your legs need to be shoulder width apart. Pick up the pace as you perform each rep to get your heart rate up.

Perform this exercise for 1 minute and move onto the next exercise after a 30 second rest. Once you’ve finished one round of the exercises, have a 2 minute rest and repeat one more time.

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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: Windmill

Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and bend over so that your torso is parallel to the ground with your arms pointing out to the side. Bend to touch your right foot and then twist your body to touch your left. Keep alternating your arms as you go.

Perform this exercise for 1 minute and move onto the next exercise after a 30 second rest. Once you’ve finished one round of the exercises, have a 2 minute rest and repeat one more time.

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Exercise 3: Laying Leg Raises

Start this exercise by laying flat on the floor. Crunch your upper body so that your shoulders are off the ground. As you’re doing this, bring your knees in towards your stomach at the same time to put more pressure on your core. Hold this for a couple of seconds and then stretch your stomach out by laying flat again.

Perform this exercise for 1 minute and move onto the next exercise after a 30 second rest. Once you’ve finished one round of the exercises, have a 2 minute rest and repeat one more time.

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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 4: Low Plank

Start on the floor again and rest your bodyweight on your knees until you’re ready to start and then push your body up so that you’re resting all your weight on your arms and tiptoes – your body needs to be parallel to the floor and your back should be straight. You should feel this tightening your core. It’s a challenging exercise and you might be tired by now but hold it for the whole 30 seconds if you can.

Perform this exercise for 1 minute and move onto the next exercise after a 30 second rest. Once you’ve finished one round of the exercises, have a 2 minute rest and repeat one more time.

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Exercise 5: High Plank

Now that you’ve got a low plank out of the way, move onto a high plank. Lay on your stomach with your legs out straight with your hands in front of your chest but close to your body, and push your body up so that it’s off the floor and you’re on your tip toes. Simply hold this position for as long as you. If you struggle to hold it, take the movement down to your knees. Just remember to keep your back as straight as you can – try not to arch your back as this could cause an injury to your back.

Perform this exercise for 1 minute and move onto the next exercise after a 30 second rest. Once you’ve finished one round of the exercises, have a 2 minute rest and repeat one more time.

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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: Mountain Climbers

To finish up, we’ve got a tough but amazing cardio exercise that helps with weight loss and burning body fat. Get into a press up position and rest your bodyweight on your hands. Start performing the reps by pulling your left knee up towards your chest but this time try to touch your left elbow. Get back to your original position and then bring your right leg in towards your right elbow. Keep alternating legs until you’ve completed all of the reps. The faster that you can perform these, the better the results.

Perform this exercise for 1 minute and move onto the next exercise after a 30 second rest. Once you’ve finished one round of the exercises, have a 2 minute rest and repeat one more time.

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Watch Our Personal Trainer Video:​

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 Core 4 workout.

Core 4 Workout Guide Summary:

Goal

 

Lose weight

Equipment

 

None required

Fitness Space

 

2m x 2m clear area like a living room, garden or dining room.

Level

 

Intermediate

Duration

 

22 minutes

Days per week

 

3

Cycle Duration

 

1 Weeks

Repeat

 

Once a day

Xercise4Less Home Workout Guides

We have split our at home or at the gym workouts in a number of different types meaning that you can focus on different areas of your body each day, week or however often you like to train. We aim to switch up these workouts for you 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 this Core 4 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 the Core 4 Workout Guide can be performed in the comfort of your home or back in the gym once we reopen. 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

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