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Functional Beginner Home Workout Guide

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Functional Beginner 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 Functional Beginner Workout?

Exercise within this functional workout guide help you with movements that you’re likely to repeat in daily life and if not, it’ll help you perform your daily activities a lot easier. See functional workouts as full body because they work on a number of muscles from all over your body all at once. A functional workout guide is great to follow at the gym or at home; follow this workout guide and still make positive steps on your fitness journey until our gyms are open again. 

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What You Need For a Functional Beginner Workout

This workout guide was designed to complete at home so we’ve tried to keep the equipment to a minimal. All of exercises are bodyweight-focused exercises that you can do in the comfort of your own home or garden regardless of training experience and fitness ability.  

Exercise 1: Marching on the Spot

Ease yourself into this Functional Beginner workout with a 3 minute warm up. Simply march on the spot for the duration and try to keep your knees as high as you possibly can. It’s important that you work for the full 3 minutes to help you warm up.

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Exercise 2: Squats

Your second exercise in this workout guide is some squats to make sure we don’t neglect that lower body. Stand with your legs shoulder width apart and simply sit down into a squat, hold for a second and then stand upright. Try to get as low to the ground as you can for the best possible results – this will also target your glutes a bit better. Remember to keep your back straight and not hunch over.

Perform 15 reps followed by a 30 second rest.

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Exercise 3: Split Squats (Right)

This next exercise is split into two as you’ll be working one leg at a time. Start with your left leg out in front of your right leg and slowly squat down. Try to get your leg at a 90° angle if you can – this is one rep. After this, return to the upright position and repeat until you have performed all of the reps.

Perform 10 reps followed by a 30 second rest.

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Exercise 4: Split Squats (Left)

This is the same exercise as above, it’s just now focusing on the opposite leg. So, start with your right leg out in front of you and perform exactly as you did before.

Perform 10 reps followed by a 30 second rest.

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Exercise 5: Windmills

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 15 reps followed by a 30 second rest.

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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: Supermans (Alternate)

Lay flat on your stomach with your arms stretched out in front of you for this next exercise. Start performing a ‘superman’ by raising your left arm at the same time as your right leg and stretch. Lower your limbs back to the ground and then raise your right arm and left leg in the same way. Try to keep as much control of the movement as you can to avoid any injuries to your lower back.

Perform 6 reps followed by a 30 second rest.

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Exercise 7: Knee Press Ups

This is a modified version of a press up. Start with all fours on the ground and slightly lean forward so that your body is at a 45 degree angle but your feet are off the ground and your bodyweight is resting your hands and knees. Once you’re in this position, try to keep your back straight and lower yourself to the ground. Just before you touch the floor, press down and push your body back up.

Perform 10 reps followed by a 30 second rest.

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Exercise 8: Front Rotations

For this next exercise, stand upright with your arms by your sides. Simply lift your arms up to shoulder height and rotate your arms in a circular motion. This is a great shoulder warm up and will help you to tone and condition your upper body.

Perform 2 sets of 10 reps with a 30 second rest after each set.

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Exercise 9: Crunches

Now lay 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. 

Perform 2 sets of 10 reps with a 30 second rest after each set.

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Exercise 10: High Plank

Lay on your stomach with your legs out straight and your hands in front of your chest but close to your body. Next, push your body up so that it’s off the floor and you’re on your tip toes. Simply hold this position. 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.

Hold this position for 30 seconds and then move onto the cool down.

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Exercise 11: Cool Down

For the Functional cool down, repeat the same movement you did for the warm up. March on the spot for 3 minutes but do this at a slower pace than you did to warm up and focus on lowering your heart rate and stretching your muscles with each step you take.

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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 Helen as she guides you through this full Functional Beginner workout.

Functional Beginner Circuit Workout Guide Summary:

Goal

 

Improve wellbeing

Equipment

 

None required

Fitness Space

 

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

Level

 

Beginner

Duration

 

20 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.

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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 Functional Beginner 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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