With gyms closed down due to COVID-19, getting your workout in may require a bit of creativity. But you don’t have to have those 45-pound plates or those 25-pound dumbbells. You can get a workout in using nothing more than just your dining room chair. Trainer Charlee Atkins suggests ways that you can get your pump on just using your own body weight and a chair.
Charlee posted the three exercises to Instagram, demonstrating how to do them in three short segments. The first exercise is a Single Leg Get Up, where you stand up from the seated position using only one leg. For the second exercise, you rest your shoulders on the seat, with your legs bent at 90 degrees, holding your waist in the air. From that position, lift one leg in the air and then do hip thrusters. Charlee calls the exercise the Single Leg Shoulders Elevated Hip Raise. The final exercise is the Feet Elevated Push-up, which, as the name suggests, has you put your feet up on the chair as you do push-ups. These exercises were additional movements that you can do, if you are “itching to move.” Be forewarned, “they’re actually more on the advanced side.”
These aren’t the first dining chair exercises that Charlee has posted. She has been posting Instagram Live workouts throughout the quarantine. If you’re thinking of trying more dining chair exercises, you might also try an Elevated Push-Up, Feet-Elevated Hip Raise, Toe Tap Kick Back, a Reverse Tabletop, and Plank Jacks.
There are plenty of ways that you can stick with your workout habits and still reach your fitness goals even with the quarantine in place. It just takes a little imagination and some common, everyday items.