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Dorm Room Workout (Only a Small Space Required!)

Dorm Room Workout (Only a Small Space Required!)

I’m sure it isn’t news to anyone that school has BEGUN!!
Yay for University/College!

Yay for education!

Yay for…. massive student loans??… Sorry – totally not going to get political in this post.

It has been two years since I graduated from the University of British Columbia. I grew up in Calgary and didn’t have the best time during my teenage years living there. When I moved to Vancouver and started going to UBC, my entire life changed for the better.

If you have the opportunity to, and are questioning about whether or not you should move away from home to go to school, my first and only response would be YES, go. I think the best decision you could ever make for yourself is to step outside of your comfort zone, and meet new, like-minded peers who will help you learn, make you laugh, and enjoy new experiences together.

One of the BEST and WORST things that you will experience in your first year away from home is living in dorm rooms. OH MAN. It’s a tug of war between two things: Enjoying your independence and living away from home for the first time, and slowly learning how much you despise the lack of privacy you have with your roommate, and the dull and uninteresting furniture that constantly surrounds you.

Oh, and of course, the lack of closet space. As a rugby player who has a penchant for shoes and purses, there was never enough room to accommodate all my clothing and gear.

Given these space constraints, I thought it would be beneficial to post a Dorm Room Workout! I know there were many times in my first year that I would set a towel out on the floor, and do a mini workout before going out. Best of all, you don’t need any equipment for this workout except for a yoga mat if you own one. The workout is quiet, doesn’t take up any space at all minus about a 2 x 6 foot area. Even your roommate won’t notice you!

The Dorm Workout

Repeat each exercise for 10 reps until you’ve completed all the exercises. Then repeat for 9 reps. Continue decreasing until you hit 1 rep for each

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1. Inchworms + 2 Push Ups: Start standing at one end of your mat. Bending at the hips and the knees, plant your hands on the ground a few inches in front of your toes. Walk your hands out slowly, until you are in a fully extended plank. Drop down to your knees if necessary, or stay on your feet and perform two push ups, keeping your elbows tucked in. Walk your hands back towards your feet, making sure you’re not cheating! (Cheating is not walking your hands back and just pushing yourself back up)

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2. Upright Alternating Kicks: Start on your bum with your hands on the ground beside you. Your torso should be upright, forming about a 45 degree angle with the ground. Start with both your feet about half a foot off the ground. Slowly kick your right leg up and bring the left leg lower towards the ground (without actually letting it touch). Switch your legs, slowly kicking as though you were swimming. Try to not let your feet touch the ground the entire time

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3. V Ups: Start again with your bum on the ground, with your legs extended out in front of you and your hands pointing above your head. Crunch your abs, bringing your hands and feet together at the top, forming a V shape. Slowly come back down to the starting position, avoiding letting your feet or hands touch the ground. If this is too difficult for you, modify it by bending your knees and bringing your hands to your ears

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4. Pike Push Ups: Start with your hands and feet on the ground, in an upside down V shape. Your hands should be right below your head. Slowly bend your elbows so that your forehead almost touches the ground. Keep your core tight the entire time and allow your body to move in one smooth motion. You should feel this in your shoulders and rear delts

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5. Uneven Plank Punches: This exercise is AWESOME if you have a couch or bed that is close to the ground that you can work off of. Start in a plank position on your elbows, but with your forearms resting on the couch/bed. Keeping your core tight, slowly lift your right arm off the couch and push it forwards. Repeat on the opposite arm. One rep is BOTH arms.

Questions for you!

Are you in college/university and living in a dorm room?

Do you ever workout in your apartment?

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  1. Oh great workout idea!! Sharing this with sista. She doesn’t live in the dorms, but she does live in a small house with some roomies 😉

    • beverleyc

      8 October

      Yayy! Thanks Ashley. Hope she likes it 🙂

  2. I moved to Canada from the Caribbean for school and I don’t regret it at all! I loved getting away from what I was used to and discovering new things about the world and myself. I definitely could have been more active though. I pretty much ate all the junk food and probably only exercised once for my entire first year. Thank goodness I wised up in second year haha

    • beverleyc

      8 October

      Ohh thats so awesome! Hope you adjusted nicely 🙂 and totally, with 100 other things going on in first year, exercise and healthy eating easily falls to the wayside

  3. Love this! I live in a baby apartment and definitely need workouts that use up zero space.

    • beverleyc

      8 October

      perfect!! you literally only need your body length in space haha

  4. I love this! When I lived in an apartment, these would have come in handy. I need to try pike push ups, they look challenging.

    • beverleyc

      8 October

      They are so good for the shoulders! Definitely give em a try 🙂

  5. GiGi Eats

    6 October

    These GIFs are PERFECT! They’re GIFTs to all college students 😉 ha ha ha!

    That being said, SO GLAD I am not in college anymore! I cannot believe how long ago that was actually! #oldie

    • beverleyc

      8 October

      hehe the best kind of GIFT!! And i know what you mean. 2 years and a bit ago for me, but seems like 10. ahhh!!!

  6. Ohhh!!! Those V-ups are fierce! I danced in college and went to the studio for my “workouts!” I missed out on good routines like this 🙂

    • beverleyc

      8 October

      thanks Julie!! Ahh i would have killed for a studio! sounds great

  7. sarah grace

    8 October

    LOVE dormroom workouts! Wish I would have had this when I was in college, but even now in an apartment, they’re great!

    xo

  8. Such a great idea for college peeps AND basically anyone who wants a great at-home workout! Love this. Your videos are awesome too. How do you do that?!

    • beverleyc

      13 October

      I totally got tired of making workout videos and took the easy way out… Gifs!! hahaha. Download Gif Grabber from the app store. It’s so awesome

  9. love this! I always like things that are easy to do at home without any equipment! great post! 😉

    • beverleyc

      13 October

      Thanks Michele! No equipment workouts are the best kind of workouts haha

  10. Christina

    9 October

    I lived in a dorm room my freshman year and I don’t think I would’ve even had room for this it was so tiny hahah ohhhh the good ole days. Love this workout, I can definitely use this at home now after a run!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • beverleyc

      13 October

      haha i definitely can relate to that! Glad you liked it Christina!

  11. Georgie

    9 October

    Such a useful post. this is perfect for those winter nights when oops the gym didn’t happen. (aka most of my winter nights) – also perfect for traveling too!

    • beverleyc

      13 October

      Haha yes for me as well. Something about the dark cold weather just makes me want to skip the gym and go cuddle with my cat…

  12. Thank you for sharing this! I’m not in a dorm but space is still limited sometimes and it’s nice to have routines like this 🙂

    • beverleyc

      13 October

      Glad you liked it! Thanks Alexandra

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