Build body strength at home, with three simple moves that each require one piece of exercise equipment. No gym required!
Summer. Beach. Body. Those three words will appear on magazine covers across the nation this month, giving you the post-winter guilt trip you really don’t need. Whether you love your body or simply want to get into shape, we have three basic, at-home exercise moves that’ll help you reach your fitness goals.
(with a stability ball)
Take your push-ups to the next level, combining balance and bodyweight for a core-building, back-strengthening move. Lie face-down on a stability ball, with your hands and feet touching the ground and your tummy on top of the ball. Now “walk” your hands out until your shins are resting on the ball and your torso is in a plank (flat push-up) position. Lower your upper body towards the ground, and complete a push-up.
Do 3 sets of 10 reps.
(with a set of dumbbells)
Build your legs with this powerful move. Stand, holding a dumbbell in each hand, with your feet shoulder-width apart. Then take a long step forward with your left foot, keeping your back straight. Lower your hips and shoulders straight down, until your front thigh is parallel to the floor. Don’t let your back knee touch the floor. Now return to an upright position, and repeat with your right foot.
Do 3 sets of 12 reps
(with a kettlebell)
Swing that Russian handbag, and build strength in your hips and lower back. Start with your feet wider than shoulder-width apart. Pick up the kettlebell in both hands, and send your hips backwards into a standing position. Bend your knees slightly and, using your lower back and hips, swing the kettlebell forward, then push it backward through your legs. Swing forward again until your arms are parallel to the floor.
Do 3 sets of 10 reps
GET TO WORK!
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