For many people, going to the gym at present isn’t an option. But if you’re able to retain your motivation and passion for getting fit, it’s still entirely possible to achieve exemplary results at home without your personal trainer or several machines.
There are many different home workouts for men to choose from, and which one you go for will depend on your fitness level, access to equipment and final goals.
We’ve put together a list of five workouts geared towards men that can be done from home, and we’ve taken care to include something for everyone.
1. Squat Jumps
If weight loss is your aim, cardio is an excellent place to start. Squat jumps are particularly good because they work so many muscles at once whilst toning and burning fat. Your legs and abs will be worked, and your agility will be improved as a result of the development of explosive power.
They require no equipment and rely solely on your body alone, so they’re perfect for making sure you don’t miss leg day – even if the gym is closed and you’ve lost access to the leg press.
It’s important to do a full at home warm up before undertaking any exercise, including squat jumps.
- Once you’re properly warmed up, stand with your feet shoulder width apart and with a slight bend in the knee.
- Bring your arms in front of your chest and assume the squat position.
- When you engage in the jump, make sure the energy ascends through your body.
- At peak height, your feet should be entirely off the ground.
- Repeat between five and twelve reps for three sets depending on your desired look.
2. Bent Over Row
If you have a weighted sandbag as part of your home workout equipment, put it to use by engaging in bent over row exercises.
Targeting the back, bent over row sets are also great for bicep gains and improving your posture.
- Securely hold the handles of the sandbag and stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, keeping a slight bend in the knee.
- Bend over at the waist, taking care to ensure your back is completely straight and your core is tight.
- Pull the sandbag to your chest, squeezing your upper back muscles as you do so, and lower the bag before repeating.
3. Sandbag Sit-Up
Utilising the sandbag once more by incorporating it into a sit-up routine, you’ll give your abs a great workout. If your end goal is to be toned, this is a good way to achieve it at home.
- Lay down in the usual sit up position holding the sandbag above your chest (your arms fully extended) and keeping your knees bent.
- Proceed to do a sit-up and control your descent as you lower your upper body back down to the floor.
- Repeat for three for four sets.
- Assume a push-up position and extend your arms fully, ensuring your body is completely straight and your weight is supported by your toes and hands.
- Bring one of your legs forwards towards your chest and then extend it back into its starting position.
- Do this on the other leg and repeat at a pace that suits you, making sure not to push yourself too hard to avoid injury.
4. Mountain Climbers
Work your upper body with mountain climbers. They’re a staple of any cardio circuit, and for good reason. They don’t require any equipment which is ideal for those who want to workout at home, and they work several parts of your body at once.
There are lots of different variations of mountain climbers, so there’s plenty of scope to tailor your workout to your fitness levels and goals. That being said, a standard set of mountain climbers works so many muscles at once that it definitely qualifies as a singular workout.
5. Lateral Raise
Most people keen to get fit or workout tend to have dumbbells at home. Using them in a lateral raise works your shoulders and helps to create a stronger, broader look.
- Start with legs shoulder-width apart and a dumbbell in each hand.
- Raise your arms in unison sideways until they are level with your shoulders.
- Avoid swinging your arms down and instead control the movement until both arms are back in the starting position.
- Repeat for a set.
There are so many different home workouts to try. It can be hard to know which one to undertake to achieve the results you want. Our top five exercises work for everyone as there is something to target every area of the body. However, if you want more precise results, it’s always recommended to speak to a professional. Remember to always prepare fully, dress appropriately and not push yourself to the point of injury.