4 alternative (and hilarious) home workouts to try
29th April 2020
Home workouts – it’s a love/hate thing but they’ve become our new normal these days. We thought we’d give you a break from a feed full of planks and squats and introduce you to a few…em…slightly different ones! Next time you’re searching for a new home workout why not give one of these a try to mix it up?!
It could be said that the ’80s was the original home workout decade with Jane Fonda leading the way with her fitness VHS tapes. But perhaps someone you haven’t heard of as much is Joanna Rohrback, the founder of ‘Prancersise.’ Yep, you read that right….prancing as a workout.
It may look a bit odd but it’s no joke to Joanna. She came up with the idea while she was walking down Hollywood’s Broadwalk while listening to Motown music on her walkman (ahh remember them?!) and enjoying the “springy, rhythmic way of moving forward, similar to a horse’s gait.”
While it’s not high intensity in any way, it will get your heart rate up and is a much more fun way of enjoying your daily escape from the house while in Quarantine! And we all need a bit of joy in our lives now more than ever.
(It also got her into a John Mayer music video so you know…don’t knock it till you’ve tried it!)
So, as you might have guessed, Zuu is all about embracing your inner animal! Potentially a great one to get the kids involved with as well, especially if you make them do the corresponding animal noises.
This definitely IS high-intensity and is known to be a hideously effective workout, with 15 minutes burning between 500 – 1000 kcals! All you need is your self and a bit of space to jump, gallop and slither around in. It primarily involves embracing your inner child and moving around like different animals for 30-second intervals. Moves include the gorilla, the iguana, the frog squat and the bear crawl.
Looks ridiculous, sounds like a lot of fun!
Five moves to try:
- The Gorilla: Long, heavy arms and big bounds forward. A few chest beats also encouraged!
- The Frog Squat: Bend your knees, keeping your feet flat on the floor. Get low – so low you feel your thighs burning – and then pop up, as if on to a lilypad
- The Bear Crawl: Bum in the air, hands and feet on the ground. Waddle forwards for four steps, then backwards for four
- The Iguana: Start in the plank position and move alternate hands and feet forwards
- The Crocodile: The same as the Iguana but tuck your elbows in and scuttle forwards, jaws snapping
3. Country hip-hop line dancing
Country and hip-hop? Probably not something you would ever put together, never mind as a form of exercise but bear with us!
Diane Horner did the honour of creating a collection of instructional videos that combines country music, hill-billy line dancing and hip hop moves. OK, it might not be the best exercise (or coolest dance moves you’ve pulled out) but if all else fails, you might at least get a decent Tik Tok video out of your efforts!
4. The “Diddly-Squat” home workout
And for the days where you’re really not feeling it – this is the perfect workout for you.