Home Exercises ft. Ankle Weights

As you may know I work-out 5 to 6 days a week in my home gym (recently I’ve been doing 6 days a week to get ready for summer 😉 ) I’ve been asked a few times to post about my work-out routine and I have finally come around to doing it! These exercises are what I do specifically with ankle weights, but most of them can also be done without.

I’ve been working out since 2014, and I’ve always worked out at home, never owned a gym pass! You can read about why I work-out from home right here. Something about having a home gym just makes me feel as if I have an obligation to work-out every time that I pass by it! Self-motivation is key though.

Now let’s get to the exercises!

Arm Workouts with Ankle Weights Around Wrists

  • Straight Arm Movements (up, down, forward, backward); Keeping your arms extended and level to your shoulders, make rapid movements and alternate going up, down, forward, and back.
  • Boxing Punches (Rapid Fire)
  • Arm Circles; Keeping your arms extended and level to your shoulders, move them in a small circular motion for a set amount of seconds.

Legs/Glutes Workouts with Ankle Weights Around Ankles

  • Jump Squats
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Standing Sideways Leg Lifts; stand straight and hold onto something, keep your lifted leg straight and the supporting leg slightly bent. Alternate lifting your left and right legs to become level with your waist.
  • Fire Hydrants; Get on all fours and alternate lifting (not extending) your left and right legs.
  • Lunges
  • Leg Extensions (on chair); Sit on a chair with both hands to your sides holding on. Extend both legs from sitting position to straight and repeat.
  • High Knees

Abdominal Workouts with Ankle Weights (around ankles)

  • Leg Lifts Laying Down; Lay down on your back, lift both legs off the ground and repeat.
  • Leg Extensions; Lay down on your back and put your hands behind your neck with your head slightly raised off the ground. Pull in your knees then extend both legs together and repeat.
  • Leg Raise Toe Touches; Lay down on your back with your arms extended up above your head. Lift both hands and feet at the same time to meet above, keeping your arms and legs as straight as possible.
  • Bicycle Kicks

Now all of these exercises are great for home workouts, but the number of reps for each exercise will vary depending on how fit you are and how often you workout! Consistency is also key if you’re working towards a certain body goal, so keep that in mind when you set up your workout routine!

If there are other workout tips or exercises that you would like me to post about please let me know in the comments below or through my contact form here.




Why I Started Working Out

Since November of 2014 I have been working out at home. Today I’d like to share why I started working out and why I choose to work-out at home instead of a gym!

Why I Started Working Out

You might laugh at this, but I started working out because I noticed I was gaining weight from working at an ice-cream shop! I worked at Marble Slab Creamery for almost two and a half years and having ice-cream and candies right in front of me every single shift was extremely tempting! I never went crazy, but it was always there so over time I started to gain weight. Obviously, ice-cream is one of the most fattening foods you can eat and I was really noticing how it was affecting me, so I decided to do something about it. Now this is not to say that I was getting extremely overweight but my body was not in healthy and fit shape anymore.

What my Home-Gym Looks Like

I always had a home-gym consisting of the following:

  • Treadmill
  • Bike
  • Bench
  • Steps
  • Adjustable step
  • Weight rack
  • Other small workout items (exercise ball, skipping rope, ab roller, etc.)

I felt that for a beginner this was all I really needed, and the internet really helped me to get a routine of exercises down so that I would have a set schedule every time I worked out. It was that easy! It just took a little bit of determination and self-motivation.

Why I Choose to Work-Out at Home

Of course it’s been over three years since I started working out, but I’ve never actually purchased a gym membership for myself or even a week-long trial for that matter. I’ve been to an actual gym probably three times in my entire life, and that was because my boyfriend brought me along to his so that I could experience it at least once.

I work-out at home for the following reasons:

  • It’s extremely convenient.
  • It stares me right in the face every single day, forcing me to feel guilty if I’m being lazy! That’s a good thing to me!
  • It doesn’t cost me anything (except for cleaning time).
  • I’m an independent body (AKA major introvert) and don’t particularly like being surrounded by people when I workout.
  • It saves me waiting time because I’m the only one using my equipment.

Why I Continue to Work-Out

Working out makes me feel productive, healthy, and happy! I don’t have a goal weight or a goal body-fat percentage but I do have a goal relating to how I want to look and feel. My goal with working-out is to be in the best shape I possibly can be, and that includes eating right as well. I think that I will always have this goal because who doesn’t want to be in shape?! As we get closer to summer and bikini-season I’m really pushing myself to work harder and eat better so that I can enjoy my summer with a more lenient diet. I don’t wish that I looked like an ultra-thin and toned supermodel, but I do have an idealized version of my own body that I know is possible to achieve with hard work and determination!

Do you work-out? If you do, why do you do it? What motivates you?