Here is my home gym as of late June 2020…I have since added a decline abdominal bench which is stored in the closet, and am also in the process of putting up wall decorations which would be appropriate for a gym setting, but I am set on equipment.
I am so thankful for my home gym, because it rivals what I can do in a commercial gym. Who knows when (or if…) gyms will ever reopen and remain open? With my home gym, I can literally get out of bed, go downstairs, and start training, without having to wear a mask or full fingered gloves. And for those who are wondering, I keep my gym VERY clean, and clean the equipment after every session.
For those who are curious about where I purchased equipment, there are links in the video description.
One of the most effective abdominal exercises is the woodchop. The woodchop movement is excellent for recruiting the obliques and has always been one of my favorite abdominal moves. This exercise can be performed with a dumbbell, medicine ball, kettlebell or cable pulley and can also be performed in reverse. For ease of explanation, I will describe the regular woodchop movement here, but if you are interested in performing reverse woodchop, your starting position will be at the floor or a low pulley.
– Your starting position will be standing with feet wider than shoulder width apart and toes pointed outwards slightly.
– Holding the weight (or high cable pulley handle) with both hands, rotate your body downwards towards the opposite knee in a diagonal arc. When doing this, your arms will be straight but without locking the elbows. Also, you will be rotating through your torso, keeping arms straight during the movement.
– Return to start.
I recommend 3 to 5 sets of 12 to 15 repetitions.