DIY Home Workout Program

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This DIY home workout program is suited to those with a general strength and wellness focus to make day-to-day activities easier. Ideally following the sets/reps/intensity if you are new to resistance training, to build a foundation of strength before progressing. The home workout program provides either no equipment or minimal equipment exercise options and variations of each exercise to keep it interesting and increase/decrease the difficulty as required.

Why resistance training?

• Enhances self esteem
• Enhances functional strength and ability
• Changes your body shape
• Increases joint stability and strength
• Increases metabolic rate
• Improves posture

Sets 1-3 | Reps 12-15 | Intensity | 12-15 RM/60-75% (Light) | Rest 30-90sec between sets

Pick 1-2 exercises for each body part grouped into (back, shoulders, legs, chest, arms, abdominals)

Legs:

• Wall sit (hold for 30sec)
• Lunges (variations forward, side, backwards) – can regress by doing static lunges or progress by doing alternating lunges
• Squat (variations pulse, hold, jump)
• Dumbbell kneeling to standing
• Glute bridges (single-leg glute bridges)

Back:

• Seated row (with resistance bands)
• One arm dumbbell row (using a chair for support)
• Superman (no equipment)
• Scapular pushup (no equipment)

Shoulders:

• Dumbbell shoulder press (variations standing/sitting)
• Dumbbell front raise
• Dumbbell lateral raise
• Pike press (no equipment)
• Single arm plank (no equipment)

Chest:

• Push ups (decline, incline, close hands, wide)
• Bench press
• Dumbbell flyes

Arms:

• Tricep dips (bench or chair)
• Close-grip push ups
• Lateral plank walk (no equipment)
• Dumbbell bicep curl
• Plank push up (no equipment)

Abdominal:

• Plank (hold, side, rotations)
• Leg raises
• Flutter kicks
• Reverse crunch
• Toe taps
• Leg/arm raises

Stretching

Without regular stretching, muscles tend to lose flexibility. Benefits include decreasing risk of injury, improving posture (muscle balance) and decrease muscle tension (in general and post exercise).

Tip – stretch within your ability, which should be to a point of tension (not pain). Aim to stretch everyday and before/after working out for maximum benefits.

Choosing stretches:

• Lower back
• Mid-upper back (lats)
• Upper back (rhomboids/traps)
• Neck
• Chest
• Shoulders (anterior/posterior)
• Tricep/bicep
• Glutes
• Legs (quads/hamstring)
• Calves (soleus/achilles/gastrocnemius)

Example of stretches:
• Chest and shoulder stretch (Sit or stand and clasp your hands together behind your back, arms straight. Lift your hands towards the ceiling, going only as high as is comfortable. You should feel a stretch in your shoulders and chest)
• Shoulder stretch (Take your right arm straight across your chest and curl the left hand around your elbow, gently pulling on the right arm to deepen the stretch in the shoulders)
• Hamstring stretch (Standing, take one leg straight out in front of you, resting on the heel. With a flat back, tip from the hips until you feel a stretch in the back of the legs.

Throughout this DIY home workout program I have provided alternatives for exercises. Some people may wish to choose 3 exercises and complete 1 set of each, while others may prefer one exercise from each group but complete 3 sets. Choose exercises you are comfortable with and either modify the difficulty according to your current fitness level or increase the intensity when required.

Download the DIY home workout program!

Feel free to comment below with any questions!

Plant Based PT
Disclaimer; Plant Based PT strongly recommends that you consult with your physician before beginning any exercise program. You should be in good physical condition and be able to participate in the exercise. You should understand that when participating in any exercise or exercise program, there is the possibility of physical injury. If you engage in this exercise or exercise program, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, assume all risk of injury to yourself, and agree to release and discharge Plant Based PT from any and all claims or causes of action, known or unknown, arising out of Plant Based PT negligence.
Gemma Mullins
Gemma Mullins

I aim to empower people to realise their health and fitness potential by helping them develop habits that support long-term, sustainable results. I lead by example, through thriving on a plant-based diet and advocating for this lifestyle - not as a short-term fix, by showing the many benefits on one’s health, the environment, and the animals.

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