Home exercise for women is a practical solution.
This article shows you how to make it happen.
I had a friend who was almost 50 pounds overweight and was determined to get back her girly figure. She lacked the equipment she felt she needed, so she went to the gym to get into shape.
Not only was the gym staff rude that day, the trainer they set her up with showed more interested in flirting with the other clients than helping her with the gym’s equipment. She tweaked her back, came home and cried her eyes out. For the next week, she was depressed, physically hurt and emotionally injured.
She vowed never to set foot in a gym ever again. Regardless, she lost the 50 pounds on her terms, and you might have already guessed where she did it. Yep, she lost 50 pounds working out at home.
Amanda Wicker, shown above, is one of many who lost more than 100 pounds using a home exercise for women program. Using a food journal, DVD’s and starting up a support group, she pushed the envelope and recreated herself.
Today, I’m going to show you step by step how to make it happen, providing you more than 20 of the most effective home exercise movements for women (men, too) that can be done with next to no equipment at all. You’ll increase your flexibility, your mobility and restore your health at the same time.
I’ve compiled a list of 100 home exercises in a video and easy to reference training guide you can download when you are ready to take it to the next level. In our Free Exercise Bundle is a Tracking Log, List of 100+ Exercises, Video and a PDF Download File of this post! Just click below.
The Six Step
Home Exercise for Women
Weight Loss System
I’m going to walk you through the six key steps you need to follow to set up a successful home exercise for women program.
Step #1: Know your “Before” and your “Why”
Set your ground rules. Write down your purpose for weight loss. Make it personal. Make it deep-rooted. Don’t make your goal “I want to lose 20 pounds.” Instead, something like, “Without my health regained, my blood pressure/waistline/, etc. will increase, and I won’t be able to do the things I want to do.” List those things you want to do. Write them assertively. “I am a hiker. I love my body.” Make the statements visually appealing in your mind. Rehearse seeing yourself doing those things every day. Make those goals so tangible you can taste them.
Be this dog. Want it that bad.
Take your before pictures as proof one day of what you are leaving behind. You don’t want to be that person.
Step #1a: Know your Before measurements
It’s important to gain medical clearance before you engage in any physical or weight loss regimen, so use the numbers as a baseline for where you are headed. At the minimum, find out your blood pressure, cholesterol, waist size, weight, and body fat percentage. By the way, don’t choose the scale that gives you a lower number. Use a home scale that you have access to frequently and go by whatever number it shows. To find out your body fat percentage, you can schedule an appointment with a gym trainer who is skilled at using Skinfold calipers for the best measure of body fat, unless there is a BodPod in your town. At worse case, use the YMCA online calculator that requires your waist and your weight. It’s not as accurate, but it gets you started.
Step #2: Get Your Nutrition Dialed In
Unbeknownst to many, your food intake or diet (hate that word!) is 80% of the battle. Be sure to get your food macronutrients dialed in (fats, protein and carbohydrates). Knowing what your body fat percentage is, take your lean body mass and multiply that by .7 which will tell you how many grams of protein are ideal for ladies. (For men, it’s 1 X lean body mass). So if you weight 200 pounds, and your body fat percentage is 35%, your lean body mass percentage is estimated at 1-35% or 65%. 65% X 200= 130, so plan to ingest 130 grams of protein per day.
For carbohydrates, the goal is to bring them down to a manageable 50 grams or less, replacing those carbohydrate calories with healthy fats like grass-fed butter, grass-fed meat, avocados, etc. Our bodies do not require carbohydrates for energy – enough saturated fats provide efficient sources of energy. This article tells you more about that.
Log what you eat in a journal like the one shown for added accountability and tracking. Assuming your nutrition is ready to go, let’s get our Home Exercise for Women going!
Step #3: Choose your location, time of day and SCHEDULE IT!
Workouts are important and must be scheduled. Your health is a priority! A home exercise for women program requires consistency, adherence, and accountability. Schedule the best time of the day that works for you. Select a place that has some space to provide the ability to do various exercises. This might be your living room, bedroom, backyard or even your garage. With a few horse stall mats, you can easily convert your garage into a gym. (That’s what I do).
Step #4: Although optional, working out with a partner has secret powers
Working out with a partner holds several advantages for you over going it solo. Pick someone who shares your goals of health, someone who is dependable and will push you as much as you will push them. Shared experiences like this make working out fun – and that’s what it’s all about!
Step #5: It’s time to Work Out!
Workout exercises are a-plenty. The routines you can make with them are just as many. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but a good workout routine should provide for the following:
- Increase heart rate into a training zone between 50-75% of your maximum heart rate (no more)
- Bodyweight routines should be an average of 30-60 minutes in length. In the beginning, 30 minutes might be rough, so focus on your form, technique, and intensity as you build up.
- Schedule 3 days a week to start
- Variety is the spice that keeps you coming back.
21 Exercises Video:
Here are the 21 bodyweight exercises to get you started in your Home Exercise For Women workouts:
- Plank – lying on your chest, extend your arms shoulder width, raising your body into the top part of a push-up. Hold for 10 second or more increments, focusing on keeping your abs and butt tight and in a straight line. Don’t sag in the middle!
- Side plank – From the plank position, shift your weight onto one arm lifting the other to the side and above you. Keep your abs and shoulder tight, avoiding too much twist at the hip.
- Hollow rocks – lying on your back, lift your hands above your head and your feet off the ground, as though your body is forming the bottom part of a circle or hollow rock. Hold for 10 second or more increments.
- Crunches – lying on your back, lift your head toward your knees. Once your hip has formed a crease, slowly return to the ground and repeat. Hands should not be behind the neck nor should too much momentum be used to lift the trunk.
- V-ups – lying on the ground, much like the hollow rocks, keep your arms straight and bring your chest towards your legs as you lift the legs. From the side angle, you’ll make a “V.” When you’ve touched your toes or gone as far as your mobility allows, slowly descend your arms and legs back to the ground and repeat.
- Shrugs – using dumbbells, kettlebells, jugs of detergent or whatever is handy, put as equal weight as possible in each hand. Keeping your arms straight, shrug your shoulder as high as you can. Hold for 3 seconds, descend the shoulders and repeat.
- Handstand Hold – every exercise list needs those challenging movements. This is one of them! With your arms extended overhead, drop them to the ground as you kick up against a wall for support. Use a mat, pillow or blanket under your head for safety. Keeping your shoulders active while looking straight ahead (not down at the ground), hold for 10-second increments or more. When done, kick off the wall in a controlled fashion. (Kick off your shoes if doing this indoors, so you don’t scuff your walls!)
- Wall Walks – While your shoes are off, try this additional wall exercise. Placing your feet at the base of the wall as you lie face down, walk your hands slowly toward the wall as you walk your feet up the wall. Keep your torso straight and your shoulders active.
- Deadlifts – using that laundry detergent or with water jugs in both hands, lift with your legs keeping your back at a 45-degree angle until your legs are extended. Repeat in reverse order lowering the jugs.
- Air Squats – Stand with your feet a little wider than hip-width apart, your toes turned out slightly, and your arms are resting at your sides. Engage your abdominal muscles and broaden across your chest by gently pulling your shoulder blades in towards each other. Bend your knees slowly, pushing your butt and hips out and down behind you as if you are sitting down into a chair. Keep your head and shoulders aligned over your knees and your knees aligned over your ankles. Keep your weight balanced evenly between the front and back of your feet. Lower your body until your thighs are parallel to the ground. Keep your knees externally rotating, or tracking over your toes; don’t let them fall inward. As you lower down, raise your arms up and in front of you no higher than parallel to the ground. Maintain broadness across the chest and lift the torso up off the thighs. Straighten your legs to come up, and lower your arms back to your side.
- Pushups – Get on the floor on all fours, positioning your hands slightly wider than your shoulders.Extend your legs back so that you are balanced on your hands and toes. Keep your body in a straight line from head to toe without sagging in the middle or arching your back. You can position you feet to be close together or a bit wider depending upon what is most comfortable for you. Before you begin any movement, contract your abs and tighten your core by pulling your belly button toward your spine. Keep a tight core throughout the entire push up. Inhale as you slowly bend your elbows and lower yourself until your elbows are at a 90-degree angle. Exhale as you begin contracting your chest muscles and pushing back up through your hands to the start position. Don’t lock out the elbows; keep them slightly bent.
- Sprinting – Determine which leg you will start with by standing straight and jumping forward. The leg that moves forward is your starting leg. Get into the starting stance by placing your lead foot at the starting line and bend the knee at a 45-degree angle. Place your hands on the ground, next to the lead leg, and lower your head into a comfortable position between your arms. Relax your body to limit tension. At the start, pull your rear pushing leg forward in a jumping motion when you hear “Go.” Pull your body into an upright running position as you begin to sprint forward. Keep your arms bent at the elbow and pump them up and down in a smooth motion. Relax while you sprint to maintain speed. Avoid tensing your body or turning your head. Run on your toes and bring your knees up to a 90-degree angle to increase your pushing force as the foot hits the ground. Continue to sprint forward until after your foot crosses the finish line.
- Walking Lunges – Stand upright, feet together, and take a controlled step forward with your right leg, lowering your hips toward the floor by bending both knees to 90-degree angles. The back knee should point toward but not touch the ground, and your front knee should be directly over the ankle. Press your right heel into the ground, and push off with your left foot to bring your left leg forward, stepping with control into a lunge on the other side.
- Reverse Lunges – To begin, stand tall with you hands at your hips or overhead, which is the most challenging of the two positions. Take a large and controlled step backward with your left foot. Lower your hips so that your right thigh (front leg) becomes parallel to the floor with your right knee positioned directly over your ankle. Your left knee should be bent at a 90-degree angle and pointing toward the floor with your left heel lifted. Returning to standing by pressing your right heel into the floor and bringing your left leg forward to complete one rep.
- Inchworms – Stand with your feet at hip width. Hinge forward at the waist and touch the floor with your palms. Bend your knees, if necessary. Walk your hands forward until you are supporting all your weight on your hands and toes. Your body should make a straight line, and your hands should line up with your shoulders. Hold this position for 10 seconds. Walk your feet forward to meet your hands. Keep your palms on the floor and bend your knees, if necessary. Repeat the inchworm five times or until you get to a wall. Turn around and inchworm back in the opposite direction.
- Mountain Climbers – Assume a push-up position, so your hands are directly under your chest at shoulder width apart with straight arms. Your body should form a straight line from your shoulders to your ankles. Lift your right foot off the floor and slowly raise your knee as close to your chest as you can. Return to the starting position and repeat with your left leg. Continue alternating for the desired number of reps or time.
- Bear Crawl – Start in a push-up position with the hands shoulder-width apart and the legs straight out directly behind the body about hip-width apart, keeping the knees bent. Push the toes of the left foot into the floor while squeezing the right thigh and glute. Move the left hand and the right leg forward to start crawling. Alternate the arm and leg movements while keeping the back straight and the hips and shoulders at the same height. Crawl for the desired distance.
- Burpees – Bend over or squat down and place your hands on the floor in front of you, just outside of your feet. Jump both feet back so that you’re now in plank position. Drop to a push-up—your chest should touch the floor. You can also drop to your knees here, which makes the impending push-up easier. Push up to return to plank position (this can be a strict push-up, a push-up from the knees, or not a push-up at all (i.e., just push yourself up from the ground as you would if you weren’t working out)—your choice). Jump the feet back in toward the hands. Explosively jump into the air, reaching your arms straight overhead.
- Wall Sit – Start by standing about 2 feet away from a wall with your back against the wall. Slide your back down the wall until your hips and knees bend at a 90 degrees angle. Keep the shoulders, upper back and the back of the head against the wall. Both feet should be flat on the ground with the weight evenly distributed. Hold for the required amount of time.
- Pike to Plank to Pushup – ) Get in high plank position, with your hands under your shoulders and your body straight from head to heels. Lift your hips and shift your body back into a pike shape by pressing your hands into the floor. Return to the starting position and execute a pushup.
- Butt kickers – Stand with the knees close together, arms either down by the side of behind on top of the bottom. Flex your left knee and the left leg behind you, so it touches the glute, return that leg to the floor and repeat with the right leg. The quicker you can perform this the better.
Our video demonstrating each exercise is above. When you’re ready for more exercises and demonstrations, the full list of 100+ bodyweight exercises and a demonstration video is available here.
Step 6: Select a Combination of Exercises and Change Them Up for Variety and Confusion
Home exercise for women doesn’t have to be hard. Start by choosing two exercises that you may not be familiar with and practice them. Take your time and pay attention to form to minimize injury. After 15-20 minutes of practice, choose 3-5 of the other exercises and create a circuit.
Here’s an example:
- Practice Wall Sits for 5 minutes
- Practice Inchworms for 5 minutes
- Workout Routine for the Day: (4 sets of 15 reps of each)
- Plank holds
Change up the exercises often, play with different reps and sets and make it a challenge so that your heart rate is within 50-75% of your maximum heart rate.
Conclusions For a
Home Exercise for Women
Home-based workouts are incredibly effective.
Follow these specific steps for the best chances of success:
Step 1: Write down your baseline information so you can track your progress. Know the reason why you are working out so that it pushes you as internal motivation to keep going.
Step 2: Get your food plan put together and in place to set you up for success while training.
Step 3: Schedule your workout so that it becomes a priority in your day and you know where you’ll be doing the workouts.
Step 4: Find a workout partner if possible.
Step 5: Workout using the bodyweight exercises given
Step 6: Create a combination of exercises that will keep you busy for 30-60 minutes, at least three times each week.
I’ve created a package of additional exercises and a template of workout plans to help you set up your first home exercise for women program. That package gives you:
- All 100+ bodyweight exercises to keep your variety and challenge at their peak
- A tutorial video that demonstrates each of the exercises
- A tracking log you can use online to log your food and workouts