In this fast-paced world, exercise often takes a backseat, despite its countless benefits for our physical and mental well-being. We lead busy lives, juggling work, relationships, and responsibilities. There are plenty of excuses we don’t make exercise a priority.
- There’s not enough time in a day
- Gyms are expensive, crowded or inconvenient
- We’re too tired at the end of the day
- It’s cold, wet, or foggy outside
- We’re stuck in rut or not seeing results
We talked to expert fitness trainer Kristin Wise to get some tips, tricks, and myth-busting information that will get you moving. With the right approach and some creative thinking, you can create a fitness routine that suits your lifestyle and transforms your living space into your own personal and custom gym.
No Time? No Space? No Equipment? No Problem!
As the owner of Wise Total Fitness, Kristin Wise develops personalized workout programs for people of all fitness levels. She offers solutions for effective, high-intensity workouts that can be done in your apartment without any equipment – in under 30 minutes!
Some of the most common struggles she hears are around time, consistency, boredom and the all-or-nothing trap. Her philosophy is less is more! If you have the right amount of intensity and the right amount of rest, you can get a great workout in. Long gone are the days of spending an hour on the cardio machines. Intensity is where results are.
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Worried that your in-home workout will bother your downstairs neighbors?
Wise’s workouts focus on apartment-friendly “body weight” exercises, which are exercises that only use your own body. There are hundreds of variations including squats, push-ups, lunges, sit-ups, planks, jumping jacks, high knees, and glute bridges.
To get results, there are multiple ways to increase the intensity with body weight exercises. You can increase your sets, reps, time under tension (the time your muscle is under contraction), the way you combine movements, or the speed you complete a workout.
To spice up your routine, you can work the same moves in different ways. You can:
- AMRAP (as many rounds or reps as possible)
- EMOM (every minute on the minute)
- FOR TIME
- TABATA (:20 of work, followed by :10 rest)
- AFAP (as fast as possible)
- ROUNDS (number of times you perform a set of exercises, usually for time)
- SETS (number of times you perform one or more exercises)
- REPS (number of repetitions for a given exercise)
With consistency and dedication, body weight workouts can yield remarkable results, helping you maintain a healthy lifestyle without the need for a gym membership or fancy equipment. So, lace up your workout shoes, clear some space in your living room, and unlock your full fitness potential with these convenient and impactful at-home workouts.
For extra help from Wise Total Fitness, check out these videos.
Total Body workout:
Core and arm workout:
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