If you want to gain muscle but don’t have access to a gym or weights, then what should you do? Here are four exercises you can do around the house to increase lean muscle.
- Push Ups– Push ups are a great upper body exercise that can be modified for beginners or seasoned fitness enthusiasts.
- Decrease difficulty by: placing knees on floor; standing up and leaning into a wall to do your push up.
- Increase difficulty by: slowing your push up as you move toward the ground; creating a diamond with your hands while doing push up; elevating your feet (the more elevation, the harder it is).
2. Squats– Squats will increase your lower body strength and endurance.
- Decrease the difficulty of a squat by: decreasing the range of motion (don’t squat low); use a chair to sit into and to get up; do a wall squat with slight knee bend and hold.
- Increase the difficulty by: increasing the range of motion (squat lower); slow down the repetitions; do a wall squat at a lower depth and hold.
3. Planks– Planks are great for increasing musculature and stability in the core (abs and back)
- Decrease the difficulty by: if you start your plank in a push up position, then it may be easier for you to finish on your forearms; do the plank from your knees; decrease the time of your plank
- Increase the difficulty by: holding the plank longer; tapping your opposite shoulder as you hold the plank; do a side plank; decrease the points of contact by lifting an arm or foot.
4. Lunges– lunges increase lower body strength and endurance like squats, but they also provide balance training.
- Decrease the difficulty of a lunge by: putting the knee of the back leg on the ground and holding that position; decreasing the depth of your lunge (don’t go as far down); use something to help you balance as you lunge
- Increase the difficulty by: increasing the depth of your lunge; do a forward lunge and hold; lunge backward instead of forward; lateral lunge (to the side)