3 whole body, minimal equipment, do at home workouts

Even though I’ve long-since graduated from university, my life still seems to ebb and flow with the academic calendar (I guess that’s what having three school-age children does for you…).

Summer is my time to kick back, take a break from the hectic driving and training and teaching schedule, spend more time engaging in outdoor activities with my kids (when I can persuade them to shut off their computers 😉 ) and focus on some big changes I’ll be making in my work life come September (details coming soon…).


While cutting back on the time I spend training clients and teaching classes is great for my brain, it does make it a bit more challenging to maintain my usual exercise routine.

You see, my work gym is also my workout gym.

Setting up for a barbell dead lift

Recognize this place?

I typically piggy-back my own workouts on those of my clients. Without clients to see, it’s sometimes hard to work up the motivation to gather my gear, drive to the gym, check-in, walk the gauntlet of friends and clients and people I know and focus on not getting drawn into lengthy conversations or having to re-think my workout because the equipment I planned on using is already in use. All of the things that turn a 30-minute workout into a 75-minute endeavour.

I know you get this; one of the most comment obstacles to exercising isn’t the time it takes to get the workout done, but the extra travel time (and cost) required to train at a gym.

The obvious answer is to exercise at home.

I know that many of you have been successful with this. Personally? I don’t have a great track record with home workouts. I have the equipment (lots of equipment!), but don’t have a dedicated workout space (small house, no basement and not even an empty storage closet to keep equipment organized and together in).

Last week, while filming exercise videos in the carport for my 40+ online women’s fitness group, I had an ‘aha’ moment. (I’ve only been doing this for two years now; not sure why it took me so long to figure out…).


Don’t you love it when fireworks go off in your head? 😉

Why not use this exact space for my own personal workouts this summer? All I need to do is have hubby install the TRX mount I purchased ages ago, pump up the stability ball and Bosu and purchase a large storage tub to keep it all in (I’m thinking that with 11-year old boys around, the kettlebells will be better off out of sight and out of mind…).

Care to join me?

I’ve created 3 whole body, minimal equipment, do at home workouts.

None of them require a lot of equipment and I’ve designed them around the types of equipment you’re most likely to have (from least expensive to most expensive (and most fun, IMHO)). All three are full body workouts, designed to be done in as little as 20 minutes. Or, if you have more time, string them together, in whichever order pleases you.

Oh and make sure you start with a warmup and finish with a stretch. Here are a couple of my favourites for you to choose from:


Workout # 1: When all you have is a resistance band. Perform 15 repetitions of each exercise (on each side of the body, where relevant), rest and repeat once or twice more.


Workout #2: Have a stability ball and a set or two of hand weights? Perform 12 repetitions of each exercise (on each side of the body, where relevant), rest and repeat once or twice more.


Workout #3: You’ll need a Kettlebell or two for this one (more expensive, but more fun too 😉 ). Perform 8 repetitions of each exercise (on each side of the body, where relevant), rest and repeat once or twice more.

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  1. All three of the workouts look really great.
    I am probably going to try #2 today in fact.
    Thanks for reminding me of using my Pilates
    ball for more than just wall squats.

    I worked out in a gym for 10 years then it
    closed since that time I have worked out
    at home. The only thing I miss about the gym
    is my friends. I have my own treadmill,
    6 sets of free weights, a Pilates ball and several
    exercise dvds. I like that I can workout when ever
    I want it is always there waiting for me to use
    when I am ready. Try it this summer and see how
    you like it.

    • I think the key for me will be to schedule it first thing. Before the kids are up and while it’s still cool out. 21 days to form a new habit right?
      Thanks for commenting!

  2. Pinning these for next week!
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  3. Dang girl, but you are providing some high quality, valuable workouts here. So glad you found yourself a space at home plus somwhere to hide the kettlebells.
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  4. If you can do it at home or even supplement gym workouts with home – YES to that! Always great content Tamara!
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  5. I was nodding my head through this whole post. I too am kind of on summer hiatus (not on purpose, but my clients are all gone for the summer 🙂 ). Therefore I am not at “my” gym, so it is much more effort to get my own workout in. My husband and I are trying to re-dedicate to Worlds, since I’ve been paying for it for umpteen years.

    In the early days (lol, before I was a trainer), I was so committed to at-home exercise! Mostly because there were no gyms in my desert area, but still! Now I find it hard to work out at home. Of course, seven dogs, lack of indoor space, and the desert heat (making it way too hot to take outdoors), are standing in my way. I love the workouts though. As always, you have the best videos and workouts.
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