No Excuses: My Garage Workout for When I Can’t Get to a Gym


garage workout

It’s a blessing and a curse being married to a man in the fitness industry. There’s no such thing as an excuse not to work out. This week I’ve been slammed with meetings, so getting to the gym has been next to impossible — but try using that excuse on a man who collects fitness equipment. He immediately got on the computer and sent me a workout I could do in our garage using our stuff.

Like I said, it’s a blessing and a curse.

Mark’s super savvy when it comes to working with whatcha got. It’s a great philosophy to carry with you for working out, for accepting the loveliness you were born with, for just about anything! So here is my “working with what I got” garage workout.

My Give-It-a-Go Garage Workout


3 rounds of:

  • 25 goblet squats with one 25-pound kettlebell (Mark likes to make sure I’m always challenging myself … and he knows I’ll go for a light one if not told)
  • 25 kettlebell swings with a 25-pound kettlebell
  • 20 back lunges with a shoulder press (dumbbells)

3 rounds of:

  • 20 chest presses on the floor with dumbbells. Legs should be straight out at a 45-degree angle off the mat.
  • 20 plank back rows (left, right equals 1 rep)
  • 20 ball slams

3 rounds of:

  • 25 full sit-ups
  • 25 lying leg raises (both feet up at the same time — to make it easier, try one leg at a time)
  • 45-second plank

This garage workout took me a surprisingly long time to finish because it was hot as Hades in my garage and I wasn’t trying to pass out. I took my time and made sure to drink lots of water. I recommend you do the same if your garage is hot, too!

These can obviously be done in a gym (especially if that’s the only place you can find the necessary equipment), but if you’re looking for more moves you can do sans toys from the privacy of your own home, leave a comment and I’ll make sure to provide a good home workout in my next post!  —Tish

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  1. Getting it done, Tish !!!

  2. Laura says:

    This looks like a great workout! I have an incredibly stupid question to ask, however – for the ball slams, what kind of ball were you using? Thanks!!