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Build A Home Workout To Do Whilst In Student Accommodation

Research shows ‘that physical exercise releases proteins in the brain that can actually help improve your memory and increase your cognitive performance’. Even just 20 minutes of exercise before you study can help to improve your concentration and focus. 

Between revision, partying and sleeping, you might not have time to get to the gym, or afford the membership fees. You may even be quarantined in your tiny space. So how do you get that all-important workout in?

We’ve created the ultimate workout that you can do from right from your student digs, using The Origym 'Build A Home Workout' Generator.

We know student bedrooms can be really small, and this is the perfect tool for you. You can work out in your tiny space and you don’t need any expensive gym equipment! You can either exercise with no equipment at all, or household items, such as a bag of potatoes, a chair, your stairs, a bag of sugar.

The Build A Home Workout Generator has millions of variations of home workouts at your fingertips, so it never gets dull, and all you need is 360 degrees of arm’s length space.

To craft a unique workout you can execute in your student bedroom, select the ‘Small’ option for space available and how long you’d like to work out for and let our app do the rest. The workout built for you will only include exercises that use the equipment you have (if any) and will only require a small amount of space!

Here are a few of our favourite exercises for a tiny space that the ‘Build A Home Workout tool might pick for you.

Exercise 1: Full Of Beans

  • Name of exercise: Reverse Curl
  • Space: Small - 360 degrees of arm's length
  • Household equipment: two food cans, two weighted bags
  • Duration: 60 Seconds
  • Target Reps: 15
  • Body parts worked: Upper Body, Arms

How to do it

  • Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart holding your cans with your arms relaxed by your side, palms facing your body.
  • As in a typical bicep curl, raise the cans up in the air while holding your upper arm and elbow steady.
  • Steadily return to the starting position.
  • Repeat for the desired number of reps.

Exercise 2: Slam Dunk 

  • Name of exercise: Ball Jumping Lunge
  • Space: 360 degrees of arm's length
  • Household equipment: Basketball, Football
  • Duration: 60 Seconds
  • Target Reps: 15
  • Body parts worked: Cardio, Lower Body

How to do it

  • Assume a lunge stance position with one foot forward with the knee bent, and the rear knee nearly touching the ground. Hold a ball with both hands near to your chest. Ensure that the front knee is over the midline of the foot.
  • Extending through both legs, jump as high as you can.
  • As you come back down, absorb the impact through the legs by adopting the lunge position and repeat.
  • Switch to alternate legs for an even workout.

Exercise 3: Dip the Hip

  • Name of exercise: Wide Stance Bodyweight Box Squat
  • Space: 360 degrees of arm's length
  • Household equipment: Chair, Table
  • Duration: 60 Seconds
  • Target Reps: 10
  • Body parts worked: Lower Body

How to do it

  • Start by placing a chair beneath you, high enough so that (when you sit on the box), your upper legs are parallel to the floor.
  • Extend your arms out in front of you at shoulder height and assume a wide stance, dip the hips and sit back into a squat, maintaining a straight back position.
  • Sit onto the chair, then (pushing down and outwards through the feet) come back up to the starting position, extending the hips at the top of the movement.

Exercise 4: Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

  • Name of exercise: Diagonal Mountain Climbers
  • Space: 360 degrees of arm's length
  • Duration: 60 Seconds
  • Body parts worked: Cardio

How to do it

  • Start in a plank position with your hands flat on the floor and your feet at shoulder-width apart.
  • Bring your left knee up towards your right elbow then return to the starting position.
  • Bring your right knee up towards your left elbow then return to the starting position.
  • Repeat for the desired number of reps.

Name of exercise: Diamond Push Up

  • Space: 360 degrees of arm's length
  • Duration: 60 Seconds
  • Target Reps: 10
  • Body parts worked: Upper Body, Chest

How to do it

  • Get yourself into the push-up position, forming a straight line between your feet and your neck.
  • Shuffle your hands closer together so they are next to each other in the centre of your chest.
  • Lower your chest to the ground in the usual press up motion before extending your arms to bring your chest back to the starting position.
  • Repeat for the desired number of reps.

Exercise 6: Practice Your Curtsy

  • Name of exercise: Curtsy Lunges
  • Space: 360 degrees of arm's length
  • Duration: 60 Seconds
  • Body parts worked: Lower Body

How to do it

  • Stand with your feet hip-width apart, arms down by your side.
  • Move your right foot around behind your standing left foot until you pass the standing foot and then touch down and balance.
  • Lunge down as deep as possible, but keep your knee off the ground.
  • Slowly return to the starting position and repeat on the other side.

Exercise 7: Kickin’ Back

  • Name of exercise: Straight Leg Kickbacks
  • Space: 360 degrees of arm's length
  • Duration: 60 Seconds
  • Body parts worked: Lower Body

How to do it

  • Start on your hands and knees and place your hands straight out shoulder-width apart. Ensure your knees form a right angle.
  • Extend one leg back with the toes pointed, once extended straight out lift the leg up towards the ceiling focusing on using the glutes to lift your leg.
  • Repeat on the same leg for the specified number of repetitions, then perform the movement with the opposing leg.

Exercise 8: Frog’s Legs

  • Name of exercise: Frog Press Up
  • Space: 360 degrees of arm's length
  • Duration: 60 Seconds
  • Target Reps: 15
  • Body parts worked: Upper Body, Chest

How to do it

  • Get into the standard press-up position and then walk your legs forward to bring your knees closer to your Chest. Aim to get your shins parallel with the ground.
  • Once in this position, leading with your Chest lower your body to the floor, with your elbows bending backwards rather than outwards.
  • Push yourself back up to the starting position and repeat for the desired number of reps.

Exercise 9: Ride It

  • Name of exercise: Bicycle Kicks
  • Space: 360 degrees of arm's length
  • Duration: 60 Seconds
  • Body parts worked: Upper Body, Core

How to do it

  • Start by laying on your back and lifting both feet a few inches from the floor.
  • Pull your left leg towards your chest until your knee is pointing directly into the air.
  • Now lower your left leg to the starting position while bringing your right leg up simultaneously until the knee points towards the ceiling.
  • Repeat for the desired number of reps.

Exercise 10: Kickin’ Butt

  • Name of exercise: Butt Kicks
  • Space: 360 degrees of arm's length
  • Duration: 60 Seconds
  • Body parts worked: Cardio, Lower Body

How to do it

  • Start in a standing position and alternate 'kicking' your butt with your heels.

The Cooldown

These workouts are ideal for working out in your small student space, but you can find so many more using our 'Build A Home Workout' tool. Create your very own, unique workout today, and even better, they’re randomly selected so you always get something new for each day at uni.

Written by Chloe Twist

Fitness Content Manager, OriGym

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Chloe graduated with a BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing from Liverpool John Moores University and prior to OriGym worked at J&R Digital Marketing Agency on the Liverpool 'Female Founders' series. Since joining the company, she has become a qualified Personal Trainer and advanced Sports Nutrition Specialist. Chloe’s professional interests intersect content-development and the world of online fitness, especially across social media and YouTube, and Chloe has herself contributed pieces on fitness and weight loss to sites including the Daily Star and The Express. Outside her day-to-day role, Chloe enjoys playing the guitar, gaming and kettlebell training.