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Kristin Booker • October 30, 2012

Fitness Style: 5 Workouts For When You’re Stuck Inside

Let me start this post by saying that I am extremely, EXTREMELY grateful to have made it through Hurricane Sandy with power and cable in tact. Please send your prayers to those who weren’t so fortunate and please send some concern to those who lost property, lives and peace of mind up and down the East Coast.

NOW, that brings up to another concern facing most of us over here right now, which is being mandated to stay indoors. This can lead to many of us (particularly New Yorkers who HATE to be bored) going slightly stir crazy. I’m also hearing a lot of about Sandy Gain, which is the condition of overeating and languishing indoors while you wait for your storm to pass.

Peeps, this is no reason not to work out. You don’t need power, DVDs or a gym to get  a great workout in your apartment or home. Here are 5 workout tips for when you’re stuck inside:


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This is a deck of cards. Jillian Michaels gave this tip on The Biggest Loser a long time ago and I’ve used it multiple times since. Make a grid of different moves: squats, lunges, tricep dips, pushups and crunches (regular and reverse.) Throw down a card and do that many reps of one of the exercises until you work your way through all of them, then keep going until you make it through the entire deck of cards. Face cards are worth 11, aces are worth 12. Be sure to warm up by marching in place or doing jumping jacks for 5-10 min before you begin. I ASSURE YOU, you will not feel like moving afterwards.

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This is a gallon of water. Take said gallon of water and do bicep curls and dead lifts with it while doing squats, up to 12 reps at a time with 30 second – 1 min breaks in between. Need some cardio? Carry them up and down the stairs 10 times.

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This is a can of soup. You can do tricep curls with a can in each hand and really see results. When you’re not stuck inside, try this trick during commercial breaks. Do a set until the show comes back on. Amazing for tighter arms.

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This is plank pose. As you learn in my beloved Core Fusion classes, a tighter core is the secret to a LOT of goodness. Fire up plank pose over and over again and try to hold it for up to 5 minutes. If you get bored, go down to your forearms then back to straight arms. Do that in 3 sets of 10. You’ll feel it, trust me.

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Finally, I suggest mountain climbers for those of you who are feeling like you want some cardio. Get into plank pose, raise each knee to your chest slowly, then work your way up to a run while maintaining your form. As a matter of fact, I challenge you to work a set of 8 mountain climbers in between each of your playing card moves. THAT is a workout.

Hope these help. Really, even though you’re inside, there’s plenty of opportunity to stay on your fitness goals. Hang tight, peeps!



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