The Apartment Workout- Part 2: The simple, old school filler workout for days when leaving the house isn’t an option: Modifications for the intermediate level:

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If you have been a long time gym- goer or simply feel that you need more of a challenge, here are some modifications to suit your level.  I recommend repeating this plan 3-5 times.

Chair Step-Ups

– Using the same description as in part one, step up on the stable chair, but this time quicken your pace and do it for one minute.

Triceps Dips

-Use the traditional dip motion and add a new level of difficulty by taking one foot off the ground and extending it out in front of you. Note: The further out you plant your stable leg, the harder it is.

– Remember to keep your back close to the chair and repeat for one minute.

Squat jumps

– Lower down into the classic squat, keep your core engaged and explode upward, jumping up as high as you can.

– Land with soft knees and immediately repeat the action. Do this for one minute.

Two point plank

– To add another level to your mastered plank begin in the starting position, making sure your body forms a straight line from your shoulders down to your toes.

– Raise your right hand and left leg out to form a straight line and hold for 30 seconds, then and switch sides. Work toward building your way up to two minutes.

Spiderman Planks

  Also a great more advanced plank move: In the plank position, draw the right knee into the right elbow and switch sides.                                          Do as many as you can for one minute.

-For an extra push place your foot beside your shoulder or as close as you can get it on each side and alternate.

Wall Sit with extended leg

– Increase the intensity of this move by lifting one foot off the ground and hold; then switch sides.

– Start by holding the position for 30 seconds and build your way up to two minutes.

Walk out to jump

– Turn up the volume on your walk out by adding a jump at the end.

– Walk hands to feet and burst up with a jump. Repeat as many as you can for one minute.

Side lunge with touch down:

– To put a little spin on your side lunge;  as you lunge down touch your extended leg with both hands. Repeat 10 times.

Always remember to start with a warm up and cool down at the end. Raising your body temperature and increasing blood flow will prepare you for your workout. While cooling down lends to a gradual recovery of heart rate and blood pressure.

So, now you have an easy to follow, complete body workout. Spring is right around the corner, so have a try and get moving!