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
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)
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
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
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
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?