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My Favorite No-Gym Workout

I’m not going to lie to you all, after we got married in August and started traveling in the Glam-V full time, it took a few months to find my fitness stride again. I went from living in Downtown Seattle with a state of the art gym just an elevator ride away to constantly being in new places with no gym. It was certainly a major adjustment.

But once I gave up the need to have a gym to go to every day, I found that working out in a new place weekly was exciting. I got my husband involved and together we fused some pilates moves (which I have sworn by for years) and some bootcamp style training (since he was a Marine after all). We are finally getting into the groove where we wakeup, drink some coffee and/or a smoothie and hit our workout, wherever that may be.

So today, I’ve teamed up with Gordman’s, my favorite source for inexpensive tennis shoes and workout clothes for nearly a decade, to share the no-gym workout that can be done anywhere.

The first motivator for me to get up and moving is to have cute workout clothes. I know this sounds weird, but having cute workout clothes gives you a reason to put them on. I’ve been shopping at Gordman’s for workout clothes steals since I was 15!

Here is the breakdown of my kick-butt, full-body workout:

– Run intervals of 2 minutes and walk for 30 seconds until you’ve ran 2.5 miles

– Do 5 pull ups (it is so hard, but you will get better and better every day)

– Do 40 tricep dips (using a bench or picnic table)

– Do 100 sit ups of any kind (here are all my favorites, add 1 rep every day for a year!)

– 2 minute plank (alternating from elbows to hands every 10 seconds)

– Do a pilates butt workout (this is my favorite)

Now this is what I do for my full-body workout twice a week. For the other 3 to 4 workouts I do, I’ll focus on one muscle group (like arms, abs or glutes). But I always do my 2.5 mile run. There is something about running that is so mental. I actually would do this run with my mother-in-law every day in the summer. It’s called the “couch to 5k” and it does exactly that. It makes you go from not running at all to being able to run a 5k in a doable way, even if you aren’t necessarily a runner.

I naturally have zero upper body strength, so this year, I’m vowing to work harder at it. I’m starting with just 5 pull ups. It doesn’t matter if they are awful at first, just focus on getting better and better each day. Trust me, you will feel it the next day.

Now for abs. You can do this series at home, but when we do beach workouts, I love using beams at the pier so I am forced to use my abs even more for stability.

Start by doing 100 sit ups of any kind. Then each day, add just 1 sit up. In a year, you will have gradually worked your way to doing 465 sit ups. I did this last year and it workedHere. are the types of ab workouts I always do.

After that, I do a 2 minute plank. I switch from elbows to hands every 10 seconds for an extra bit of arm workout.

The one thing I always try to do is this glutes routine, or at least part of it, every day. Once this series becomes more do-able, I always add 3 pound ankle weights. The results are incredible.

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Make sure to be following me on Instagram @chicstreetstyle to see this workout live on my Instagram Stories later today!

Also, on January 14th there is an in-store event at all of our stores (store locator here) where you can get $6.99 Women’s fleece jackets and register to win an iTouch Watch.

As always, thank you for reading and a big thank you to Gordman’s for sponsoring this post.

My favorite no-gym workout:

– Run intervals of 2 minutes and walk for 30 seconds until you’ve ran 2.5 miles

– Do 5 pull ups (it is so hard, but you will get better and better every day)

– Do 40 tricep dips (using a bench or picnic table)

– Do 100 sit ups of any kind (here are all my favorites, add 1 rep every day for a year!)

– 2 minute plank (alternating from elbows to hands every 10 seconds)

– Do a pilates butt workout (this is my favorite)

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6 Responses

  1. This is such a great at home workout! Totally need to try! xo Devon Seventeen Dresses

    • Brenna

      Thank you so much, Devon! Living life on the go, I needed to come up with a good sans gym workout.

      xo,
      Brenna

  2. Lani

    I really enjoyed this post. I am also a runner and do at-home woRkouts, too, and am always looking for new moves. The link for your butt workout doesn’t provide any information. Is there a better link? Thank you!

    • Brenna

      Thank you so much, Lani! If you just Google the Brazillian Butt workout – I swear by it!

      xo,
      Brenna

  3. Molly

    Love your blog

    • Brenna

      Thank you so much, Molly! Have a great week.

      xo,
      Brenna