6 Creative At-Home Workouts You Can Do Today

Get Out of Your Fitness Rut

There's nothing worse than doing the same workout, day-in and day-out, with no end in sight. Even if you're in the midst of a bout of intense training, you need to occasionally switch things up to add some spice to your workout life. In case you haven't heard, this type of cross-training can help you shore up muscular imbalances while reducing the likelihood of injuries.

The following six workouts have been designed by fitness trainers and experts from around the country, and provided specifically to you as exclusive home-based workouts. So grab a mini trampoline, a  theraband or a skateboard, and get ready to work up a sweat. You'll be surprised how a new workout can rejuvenate your excitement for staying healthy and fit.

Resistance Band Workout With WIMBERLEAN

Jason Wimberley/WIMBERLEAN

The WIMBERLEAN workout developed by Jason Wimberley focuses on slow isolations and strength-training exercises that use nothing more than your body weight and small resistance band loops. The exercises are easy to follow and are surprisingly challenging—not unlike a barre or Pilates routine. This is a great cross-training option if you do a lot of slow, steady-state cardio, such as running or cycling.

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ChaiseFitness: Inventive Theraband Exercises

Like WIMBERLEAN, ChaiseFitness uses bands as resistance, but rather than the smaller, looped bands, these workouts use long, flat Therabands. Pick one up for about $10 from a sporting goods store, and follow along with the inventive exercises developed by founder Rachel Piskin, a former dancer. With a combination of higher-intensity cardio exercises, dance-inspired movements, and small isolations, this is a great all-round workout to supplement a more traditional strength-training program.

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Hop Into Health With a Mini-Trampoline Workout

Trampoline Tip Toes
Jumping Fitness

You may not have touched a trampoline since childhood, but now's the time to get started. Mini trampolines are a great way to enjoy a home-based cardio workout without placing as much stress on your lower body as you do during running, step exercise, or kickboxing routines. If you're an avid runner and looking for a way to reduce the impact on your joints, check out this routine provided by Jakub Novotny, a master trainer a master trainer and spokesman for the Jumping Fitness trampolining studio.

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How to Turn a Skateboard Into a Workout Tool

The Bear. Ky Evans

If you have a skateboard lying around your house, then it's time to put it to work. Ky Evans, the Master Trainer and programmer of The Studio (MDR), developed a whole workout around a skateboard that's designed to enhance strength, balance, and coordination. The skateboard has properties similar to the Megaformers found at Evans' studio, so this workout can give you a taste of what you can expect to experience when attending a Pilates-style class at studios that use the Megaformer.

Take Your Workout to the Stadium! Try a Bleacher Workout

Running bleachers. Chuck Allen, Flickr, https://www.flickr.com/photos/chucka_nc/4487820102/

Head outdoors and locate your nearest set of bleachers, whether at a nearby park, school, or university for this intense stadium workout. Workouts that revolve around a set of stairs are a great way to challenge your muscular endurance and cardiovascular strength, and if you get creative like trainer Shannon Colavecchio, you can hit every muscle group without using a single piece of traditional exercise equipment.

At-Home HIIT and Functional Training Workout

HIIT workout
Sheldon McBee

If you have a weight plate or dumbbell lying around, you can give this high-intensity interval training (HIIT) routine a try. LES MILLS International Master Trainer, Sheldon McBee, teaches you how to effectively buzz through a quick workout that targets all your major muscle groups while also challenging your cardiovascular endurance.

12 More Workout Routines

These aren't the only creative workouts you can do using alternative pieces of fitness equipment. Check out the link above to try workouts using lightsabers, sand, a chair, and good ol' body weight. When you start developing an eye for fitness and creative workouts, you begin seeing the possibilities all around you. Don't be afraid to turn beer bottles into dumbbells for your barre workout, or an old duffel bag into a new sandbag. One of the best parts about living a fit life is that there are no limits to the creativity you can bring to your at-home exercise routine.

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