8 ways to turn your home into a gym without spending a cent

And just when you think you've seen it all, there's a woman using her sofa as an at-home leg press 

When it comes to your current fitness regime, you're likely to fall into one of two distinct and extreme camps. Those whose only cardiovascular activity is vigorously reaching into the snack cupboard, and those who are seemingly taking this imposed downtime to get 'prison ripped'.

Instagrammers confined indoors are getting real inventive, real quick: turning to everything from furniture to fiancés to keep their workouts interesting.

Case in point:

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As Someone Who Weight Trains And Is Fiercely Competitive I Have Found My At-Home Work Outs A Bit Meh. I Miss Being In A Group Class And Access To Heavy Weights. We Have Been Utilizing What We Have Along With Some Basic Equipment. This Couch Press Was Actually Great And We Will Be Incorporating Into Our Circuit. In Addition To All The Amazing At-Home Work Outs I Have In My Highlights I Also Follow Along With These Badass Babes! Tomorrow I Am Starting A Weight Training Program With My Friends @basebodybabes (you can visit their page to sign up!). Some Others That I Love @fitgurlmel @amandaeliselee (follow her workouts on @poosh), @kimfrench87 @linnlowes @laurensimpson I Screenshot Their Moves Then Write Them Into My Circuit For The Day. I Usually Do 3 Sets Of 15-20 Pending The Move. For Cardio I For Quick HIIT Moves Using Bodyweight, Stairs And/Or A Band. Stay Tuned For Stories On How I Organize And Stay On Track With My Training Program. (Lucky To Have My Training Partner @harveynh With Me).

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How to workout at home with your bf

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No boyfriend? No problem.

Turns out, with gyms and fitness studios closed, we can make do just fine. My own roommate has taken to sprinting the stairs of the apartment building in intervals (like a true glutton for punishment), while other folks are utilising cans of beans as makeshift dumbbells.

It goes without saying that there are countless fitness modalities you can stream right now from the safe surroundings of your living room too, or maybe you were in the camp who had taken to solo outdoor running/hiking to stop cabin fever setting in during the earlier weeks of March.


As someone who has frequented the type of 'boutique' New York City workout studios that infamously charge up to $40 for 45-minutes of sweating, I'm enjoying the opportunity to save a buck while trying to maintain some semblance of strength and fitness.

Here are tried-and-true broke girl 101 hacks learned over the years that are coming in pretty handy right now:

Use towels as sliders

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New Bonus flow now live for the week because there’s no better time to use this extra space with ourselves to take great care of you. We can have everything in life, but if we don’t have our health - we have nothing. During a time of such panic, there’s no better time to turn to your practice. A practice that makes you feel more at peace, less anxious and deeply grounded within. This 19min power planking series is perfect to uplift your mood and your spirits - all you need is a towel and your own body weight. 🙏🏼🤍 Click link in bio for my 7 day Free trial if you’re new to me. New workouts are live every Monday am! Who wants more bonus flows? #MWHmethod #longleanlines #athomeworkouts melissawoodhealth.com

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Take an Instagram Live class (and support your favourite trainers)

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Hi Everyone!! Ok I’m so excited about this. Cardio Pilates tomorrow morning at 10am [instagram live] - and 100% of the proceeds are going towards supplying the workers at St. Vincent’s Hospital with pizza for the next two weeks. Swipe to see their gofundme page description, and feel free to DM me if you would like the link to donate to them directly! It’s also supporting a local pizza business which is fantastic! . Otherwise if you are donating to me via revolut as per, please write in the description that it’s for the cardio class, or go through the eventbrite link in my bio . Thank you everyone so much, it feels so good to see all these creative ways of helping people! WE ARE EXERCISING TO PROVIDE PIZZA TO THOSE WHO NEED IT! 😂❤️

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Perfect your pushup form 

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NOTE: This workout was previously filmed! Current guidelines from experts say that you should *not* be going to the gym right now—but we still wanted to share these moves that can help you perfect your pushups from home 💪 Whether you’re working up to your first pushup or want to try bigger skills, these drills from WH editor-in-chief @lizplosser and @menshealthmag fitness director @ebenezersamuel23 can help you get there. Moves below, details in the audio: . 1) Bottom-position holds: 3 10-second holds. 3 sets 2) Two-position negative pushup: 8-10 reps. 2-3 sets 3) Bar row to bar pushup: 10 bar rows, then 10 pushups. 2-3 sets 4) Pushup to shoulder tap hold: 8-10 reps per side. 2-3 sets . You got this! 👏 #MHandWHworkout

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Use chairs to work your glutes


Do a bodyweight workout

Go old school

Amp up leg day with a pair of socks

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SOCK IT TO ME ✔️✔️✔️ Quick glutes, legs and abs sizzler you can cook up in the kitchen and all you need is some socks 🙏🏼🔥 1. Reverse Sock Lunge x 10 + Skater Lunge x 10. Stack Right knee over Right ankle, push weight down through your front foot, especially the heel. Left leg extends straight back, hinge torso forward. You’re working the standing side (Right in video), so control the move through your right foot! 2. Lateral Sock Lunge x 10 + Lateral Skater x 10. Sit hips back as you extend your left leg out straight to the side. Push through your Right foot to starting position. Stay low in the skaters like you’re holding an isometric squat. 3. Wide Sock Sweep x 10. Anchor weight down through Right foot as you sweep your left leg in a wide arc crossing all the way out to the right. Left leg stays straight. * Repeat 1-3 on other side* 4. Sock Pikes. Tuck chin as you pike your hips up. Try and be light through your feet. 5. Modified 90 degree Abs! Right foot stays on the floor as right knee drives in to right elbow, slides under body and out to the left. Alternate sides. 10 reps each leg. Maintain a strong plank the whole time! 6. Single Leg Bear Skate 🔥 Hover in Bear position: knees under hips, hands under shoulders, knees just off the floor. Pick Left foot up and skate back with right leg. 10 reps then switch. STAY HEALTHY. STAY MOVING🙏🏼❤️ @niketraining @pyrogirls #playinside

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Fire up your core in just five minutes

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5 MINUTE ABS⁣⁣ #SWEATathome #BBGathome⁣⁣ No matter where you are right now, if you’ve got 5 minutes, you CAN do this workout. All you need is a mat and you’re ready to @sweat at home!⁣⁣ Save this video and try it today!! ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ✅Commando - 12 reps ⁣⁣ ✅Straight-Leg Jackknife - 12 reps⁣⁣ ✅Bent-Leg Jackknife - 12 reps ⁣⁣ ✅Plank (single-leg) - 60 seconds (30 each side)⁣⁣ ✅Ab Bike - 50 reps ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Set a timer and TRY and complete this in 5 minutes OR if you’re advanced, see how many laps you can do before the timer runs out. 😈⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ www.kaylaitsines.com/BBGatHome⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #BBG #BBGstronger #BBGbeginner #BBG2020 #athomeworkout #5minuteabs

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