In case you missed my big (fit) news, I now work out … in my garage! (Check out my garage gym here.)
And — as promised — I wanted to share a few of the workouts I’ve created (many inspired by past Fit Pit workouts) and really enjoyed doing in said garage gym.
Most of these are a mix of cardio and full-body strength, HIIT, and are very short (30 minutes max, with a lot of 10- to 15-minute workouts in there). They also require some equipment, like dumbbells, barbells, kettlebells, TRX, and a rower, BUT! There are definitely easy ways to modify, which I’ve noted for each.
My intention in sharing them isn’t for you to do them exactly as written (although if you want to and can, go for it!); rather, I hope they’ll serve as inspiration and idea generation for workouts you could try at home, too. Obviously, it’s always a great idea to talk to your doc and a personal trainer if you have any questions about what you should or shouldn’t do — especially if you’re just starting out on your fitness journey.
And, of course, listen to your body. Knowing when to push yourself and knowing when to take it easy is a skill that takes honing but is SO important, especially when you’re working out on your own.
I really didn’t think I’d have so much fun working out at home and that I’d enjoy the creativity of building WODs (and naming them), but I do! So much so that I can’t not share them.
5 Garage Gym Workouts
Row, Row, Row Your WOD: This one requires a rower, but you could easily run a set descending distance instead. Do this workout for time.
(Wo)Man Makers: This one actually consists of two workouts — the one on the left is first, then rest for as long as you need, and last do a total of five minutes of plank (breaking as necessary). What’s a “Man M.?” This. If you don’t have a rower, consider running or one to two minutes of your favorite cardio like jump rope, mountain climbers, jumping jacks, etc. Do this workout for time.
1/10 … 10/1: This garage gym workout follows a 1/10 to 10/1 up-and-down rep count for two moves at a time. So, you start doing 1 ball slam and 10 push-ups, then 2 ball slams and 9 push-ups, then 3 ball slams and 8 push-ups … all the way until you get to 10 ball slams and 1 push-up. Once complete, move on to the next couplet. Don’t have a ball to slam? Sub in a dumbbell snatch or a plyo squat. Do each couplet for time.
21-15-9 Delight: First workout is to: run 400 meters, 21 thrusters, run 400, 15 thrusters, run 400, 9 thrusters. Second workout is to: row 250 meters, 21 kettlebells swings, row 250, 15 kettlebell swings, row 250, 9 kettlebell swings. No rower or don’t want to run? Do another form of cardio for two minutes for each 400-meter run / 250-meter row. Do each workout for time.
50 Sweat: Pretty self-explanatory — and same deal if you don’t have a rower. Instead do four minutes of running, fast walking, or another cardio move like jumping jacks or jump rope. Do workout for time.
Want More Garage Gym Workouts?
I’m literally writing new ones each week for time in my beloved “Barn Box.” Follow along on Instagram (@FitBottomedGirl) to see them in real time, and bookmark all of our workouts here — I’ll be posting more garage gym workout recaps as the weeks go by!
Do you have a favorite type of workout structure? I’m obviously a big fan of cardio followed by strength — and almost always — do a little cardio to start to warm up, as my garage gym can be chilly this time of year! –Jenn