Are you back in lockdown, or is your local gym still closed? If so, you're probably back to working out at home, just as we all were earlier in the year. Some of us were using milk cartons as dumbbells, or buying running shoes and taking up jogging, and quite a few of us began doing HIIT workouts in our garden or front room.
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Now we're back at it, we need some new inspiration. Expert trainer Emma Goodman-Home recently took over our Instagram account, bringing you a 30-minute sweat sesh using nothing except for a broom, mop handle or any kind of stick prop. Follow along at home to burn fat and build muscle, starting today!
Most of the moves in Goodman-Home's workouts are lower-body focused, like lunges, squats and the downward dog position, which lengthens your hamstrings. Gripping the broom handle engages your upper-body muscles, like your arms and core, that would otherwise not be working throughout most of these moves.
In addition, this workout simulates movements like the back squat, shoulder press and deadlift. There's a reason most people who lift weights perform a few warm-up sets with just the bar: it reinforces good form and creates muscle memory and movement patterns.
Should you decide to begin lifting weights with adjustable dumbbells while stuck at home, your muscles are already prepared to pull off these moves, allowing you to progress faster because you've already practiced good form without weights. Not only will this workout burn fat and build muscle, it will help prepare you to get stronger by lifting weights.
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