How to Use a Wall For a Workout

Workin' Out

Sometimes when you don’t have a gym with equipment handy, working out can become so…blah. So when you’re bored of the typical body weight exercises, and want to get in a total body workout, all you need is a little creativity.

And a wall.

**Note: To those who have husbands who would freak out if your feet are on the wall…ask them before doing this workout!** (My husband looked at me with those “Oh no! What do you think you’re doing putting your feet on our wall?!” eyes, and before he could say anything I explained that A) our house is a construction zone and NOTHING is clean, B) we still have to paint every wall in the house, and C) if wifey didn’t get her workout in no one benefits.)

I decided to throw in a little upper body, a little lower body, a little cardio, and a little core. In addition to the wall exercises, I also did jump rope intervals.

1 leg wall sit
1-Leg wall sits. You’d be surprised how much this forces your core into action as well. decline pushup
Decline push-ups- killer!
elevated bridges
Elevated bridges, be sure to squeeze those butt cheeks at extension. lunge squat
Lunge squatswall sitWall sit

Bridge kicks, and 3-tap crunches

If the decline push-ups are too challenging, flip around and angle your body so that your hands are on the wall. If Incline push-ups are too easy, try pushing yourself off the wall and making them explosive, plyometric style.

This workout wasn’t as structured as it could have been, I maxed myself on wall sits, as well as push-ups. Then with lunge squats and bridges I did 15 each leg, and a total of 20. For the 3-tap crunches I did 10 (1, 2, 3 =1) and the bridge kicks I did for a bout a minute each round.

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A Valentine For You, My Love.

Workin' Out

Tomorrow is Valentine’s day.

Normally people expect flowers and chocolate and maybe dinner and a movie date. I expect my husband to do a workout with me. Flowers, though they are beautiful, they die. And chocolate, I love, but don’t eat it enough to want a huge box of it within reach. Working out together not only gives us time to challenge ourselves together, but also encourage each other, as well as laugh and be goofy. (which we haven’t been doing enough lately)

The goal for this workout was to use no equipment, and only each other as resistance. I had brainstormed an assortment of exercises to try, and for the most part, only a small handful were successful and actually became a part of our workout. Javin is nearly a foot taller than I am, so that played a big part in whether or not we could make some of the exercises work.

We had just finished a 3 mile trail run, so that was our warmup. (and a good portion of our workout as well! Trail runs are challenging!) After playing around and testing out exercises our workout plan came to this:

1. I squat + Javin pushups

2. Javin wall sits + I pushup + Javin presses

3. Double over burpee

4. Double dips

We did 3 sets of everything. These exercises were more challenging than we expected. Maybe because of being so unstable and off balance. My core is sore today, and though it wasn’t directly used, I know it got worked.

(video via Instagram)

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Happy Valentine’s Day Javin, I am so thankful to have you in my life. What a lucky girl I am. All my love.