A Bodyweight Workout You Can Do in Your Parents’ Basement
  • November 27, 2014
  • Right about now, you’ve probably traveled to your feasting destination and maybe you’re overcome by the smell of Thanksgiving food. If your family lives a flight away, chances are that you and your gym are on a weekend-long break from each other.

    Good news, pilgrim: you can saddle up and get in a workout in your parents’, aunt’s or in-laws’ basement using only your body weight. Maybe grab a group and work out together. All you need is the timer on your smart phone.

    You’ll do each set twice and then move onto the next set. If you’re feeling like a rock star, do the entire thing two times.

    Need a playlist? Grab my Spotify playlist for the week:

    Here’s your bodyweight workout!

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    Mountain climbers: Keep your hands under your shoulders and drive your knees towards your chest.

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    Push-ups: On your knees or your toes, keep your body in a plank and knock out these push-ups

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    Side plank with hip raises: On your knee or your feet, hold a side plank or add hip raises to the side

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    Alternating curtsy lunges: step back into a lunge, stepping your back diagonally

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    Wide squat with a lateral lift: Start in a sumo squat, and lift your leg laterally at the top of the movement

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    Squat jump: squat low and explode into a jump at the top of the movement

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    Oblique twist: In a boat post, twist from side to side, wringing out your abdomen

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    Forearm plank: Hold a forearm plank, keeping your shoulders, hips and heels in a straight line and your elbows below your shoulders

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    High knees: Drive your knees up, pumping your arms as well to keep your pace up

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    Froggers: Starting in a plank, jump your feet outside of your hands, bringing your elbows between your knees

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    Forearm plank with hip dips: Holding a forearm plank, dip your hips from side to side

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    About Jeana Anderson Cohen

    Jeana Anderson Cohen is the founder and CEO of aSweatLife.com a destination for living your best life, with fitness as the catalyst. She's also the co-founder and head of strategy of the SweatWorking App. But before starting health-focused companies Jeana earned a degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For the first decade of her career, she created and executed social media strategies for brands. aSweatLife fuses her experience and her passion for wellness and SweatWorking was the natural evolution of that experience. You can find Jeana leading the team at aSweatLife, hosting aSweatLife’s monthly #Sweatworking events, and - on the rare evening off - you may find her using her Personal Training certification to coach group fitness classes across Chicago.