If you've been missing your regular barre class with your girlfriends, this workout can help with part of that equation (Zoom can help with the friends part). You'll combine the graceful movements of ballet, yoga and Pilates while challenging your entire body with high reps of small movements.
A chair might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of workout equipment, but rest assured, it can provide extra support and stability, as well as act as upping the difficulty of certain moves.
Whether your gym has yet to reopen or you just don't feel like leaving the house, now is the perfect time to get out a chair and give this lower-body workout a try. You'll hit each of the major muscles from glutes to quads and hamstrings to calves.
Start by standing tall with your feet at shoulder-width apart.
Explosively drive your right knee up toward your chest as you bring your left elbow forward.
Quickly switch sides, bringing your right foot down and driving your left knee up.
Alternate side as quickly as possible, using the momentum from your arms to drive your legs high.
2. Hollow Hold
Lie on your back with your arms extended overhead and legs out straight.
Using your core, lift your head, shoulder blades and legs off the ground. Keep your biceps by your ears and actively press your lower back into the ground to ensure you're engaging your abs throughout the entire exercise.
We all have that one friend who can allegedly hold a plank for 15 minutes. While none of us have ever stuck around long enough to actually see this astounding, 15-minute plank, it's pretty safe to assume that the form probably isn't perfect, especially toward the end of the time cap. Whether you're holding a crazy-long plank or practicing the move for 30 seconds at a time, the exercise becomes pointless if you're not doing it properly. Brush up on the correct plank form and absolutely avoid these five common mistakes.