Core Workout Guide | Staying Fit at Home

Core Home Workout

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Core 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 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 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. All of the 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. To maximise this abs workout, you could use some weighted equipment for the crunches if you like but that’s totally optional so it’s up to you. In our gyms, we provide access to dumbbells, kettlebells, barbells and wide selection of free weights equipment to help you push yourself. If you have this type of equipment in the house, choose a comfortable weight and start following the workout. If you don’t have weighted equipment, use household items instead. Grab a couple of tins or fill up a water bottle. You can still perform these exercises without weights if you like, it’s up to you. Now, grab your gym kit and a comfortable pair of trainers and let’s go!  

Exercise 1: Crunches

Start this core workout by laying flat on your back with your feet pointing upwards. Simply start performing a crunch to tone and sculpt your abs – raise your chest and shoulders whilst squeezing your core and hold for a second. Try to keep your legs flat and don’t overextend and cause an injury to your back.   

Repeat 2 sets of 20 reps.   

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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: Laying Leg Raises

Start this exercise again by laying flat. Focus on crunching your upper body like you just did with your crunch but also 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.  

Repeat 2 sets of 20 reps.   

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Exercise 3: Diagonal Crunches (Right)

Now let’s develop that crunch movement a bit further. Lay down with your back on the floor and your knees up. Cross your left leg over your right and crunch. Aim to touch your right elbow onto your left knee. Hold this for a couple of seconds and repeat until you complete the set. 

Repeat 2 sets of 20 reps. 

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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: Diagonal Crunch (Left)

Repeat the same movement as before, just switch your legs over so that your right leg is over your left and your left elbow is twisted towards your right knee.  

Repeat 2 sets of 20 reps. 

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Exercise 5: Oblique Crunches

Your oblique muscles are those at the side of your core and by working on them, you’ll create more ab definition. Start this next exercise by laying flat on your back with your hands down by your side. Keep your body flat on the floor but twist to either side so that your fingers are touching the top of your heel. Stretch to your left and then your right – this is one rep. You should feel this at the sides of your stomach and whilst it may be sore, it’s a positive thing!  

Repeat 2 sets of 20 reps.   

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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: Squat Jumps

 

Now give yourself a cardio blast with the last exercise of squat jumps. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and sit down into a squat position. Bring your arms down to your side and use them to build momentum with one big swing and then jump into the air. Land onto your feet and repeat the squat jump again.  

Repeat 2 sets of 20 reps.

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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 workout.

Core Workout Guide Summary:

Goal 

 

Get Fit 

Equipment 

 

None required 

Fitness Space 

 

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

Level 

 

Intermediate 

Duration 

 

16 minutes 

Days per week 

 

1 

Cycle Duration 

 

1 Weeks 

Repeat 

 

1 or 2 times a day  

Xercise4Less Home Workout Guides

We have split our at home or at the gym workouts to make sure that they include a wide range of exercises. This means that everyone can focus on their body goals and fitness aims throughout the time whilst we have to exercise at home. 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. Follow this Core 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 Core 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

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