Looking for Some Fitspiration? Try These Workout Ideas to Get You Started
The world may be uncertain, but one thing’s crystal clear: you still have to get your workouts in. You might be thinking, “But do home workouts work?” Yes. “If I can’t go to the gym or studio, I don’t know any good workouts to do.” We’re going to tell you! “I’m a beginner, and I feel intimidated starting alone.” No need to worry, we’ve got your back!
Here are some workout ideas for any stage of your fitness journey, from bootcamp to HIIT to cardio you can do anywhere. With this exhaustive list, you’ll be lean, fit, and feeling good!
Beginner Workout Ideas
Are you new to the fitness game? Welcome! There are lots of beginner workouts that can help ease you into a strong and healthy fitness regime.
- Try Yoga52, Openfit’s yoga program that includes 20-60 minute workouts to lose weight, build strength and flexibility, reduce stress, and reshape your body!
- Try Pilates for beginners! This article will help break down all you need to know to get a rock-solid core and toned muscles in a gentle yet effective way.
- Check out this beginner workout created from Openfit programs. From goblet squats to dumbbell curls to jump squats, here’s a workout featuring various moves from Openfit programs for you to try.
If you enjoyed our beginner workout, you’ll love our Openfit programs. Our professional trainers lead you through a variety of workouts that can help you achieve your fitness goals. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Short on time? Try 600 Secs, Openfit’s 10-minute blast workouts.
- Looking for a community of badass, strong women to get you in tip-top shape? Try Rough Around the Edges, a high-intensity workout led by professional stuntwomen.
- Really missing your barre class? Try Xtend Barre, a mixture of Pilates, barre, and cardio to get you lean, toned, and strong.
EMOM Workout Ideas
EMOM, or “Every Minute on the Minute” workouts are a great way to get exhausted. Essentially, each set has a required number of reps, and you must complete all of them in under a minute. The faster you go, the more rest time you get. But if you take too long, you won’t get a real rest before you have to start the next minute of reps again. Yup, told you it was a great way to challenge your fitness! Here’s a sampling of EMOM workout ideas, but you can learn more about it here.
1. EMOM for Strength
- Exercises: bench press, bent over row, pull-up, lunge, squat.
- Do four to five rounds of your circuit using heavy loads and 3-5 reps for each move.
2. EMOM for Athleticism
- Exercises: split jump, dumbbell snatch, t-pushup, dumbbell swing.
- Do 3-4 rounds of your circuit of 4-8 reps with moderate loads for each move.
3. EMOM for Fat Loss
- Exercise: dumbbell swing, lunge to press, mountain climber, burpee.
- Opt for lighter loads and higher reps (12-15), shooting for more rounds (4-5).
4. EMOM for Muscle Growth
- Choose compound moves, using moderate loads and reps
- Aim for 3-4 rounds of your circuit with 8-12 reps per move.
Tabata Workout Ideas
Tabata training is a four-minute form of HIIT that follows a specific cadence. You do 20 seconds of exercise followed by 10 seconds of rest or low-intensity recovery, repeating for a total of eight cycles. Try this sample Tabata workout:
- Exercise 1: Push-ups
- Exercise 2: Jump squats
- Perform the first exercise for 20 seconds, then rest/recover for 10 seconds. Then, do the second exercise for 20 seconds, resting for another 10 seconds. Repeat this sequence four times for a total of eight rounds.
For more ideas, check out this article. Just make sure you apply the 20/10 rule!
HIIT & Circuit Workout Ideas
If you love HIIT, you’re going to love these circuit workout ideas! Circuit workouts are great if you hate traditional forms of cardio, but still want to spike your heart rate. Circuit training can be high or low impact, doesn’t require much gear (if any at all), and can help you lose fat and build muscle. And the best part? You’ll never get bored.
Take a look through this article for a comprehensive list of HIIT/circuit workout ideas, but here’s a few exercise to incorporate into your HIIT workout.
1. Jump Squats
- To do jump squats, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. You can use just your bodyweight, or hold a weight at your chest.
- Keeping your chest up, core engaged, and back flat, push your hips back and lower your body until your thighs are parallel to the floor.
- Push yourself back up explosively, jumping straight up.
- Land softly, lowering yourself immediately into your next rep.
- To do a proper burpee, start by standing with your feet hip-width apart.
- Push your hips back, bend your knees, and place your hands on the floor in front of you.
- Jump your feet back into a push-up position, and then jump back to a squat position.
- Explode up, reaching overhead as you jump off the floor.
- Land softly, and immediately begin your next rep.
3. Treadmill Running
- Run on a treadmill for two minutes between the other exercises in your circuit.
Are you working out at home? You can find some more HIIT workouts for every fitness level, here.
Other Exercise Ideas To Do Outside
- Try running hills. Check out these 5 hill running workouts.
- Openfit’s live running and walking class.
- Don’t forget you can also set up an outdoor HIIT/circuit training session! Find a quiet street or set it up in your backyard!
- Hiking. Here are some excellent hiking workouts for you to take with you into the wild.