5 Simple At-Home Exercises You Can Knock Out Before Your Commute

For an *extra* productive morning routine.

When the days get cooler, it's always more tempting to skip out on your morning workout plan to stay in your cozy climate-controlled apartment a little longer. Which is why it's great to have a backup plan that doesn't require, *gasp,* leaving your house at all. Here, we consulted celebrity trainer and Tiptalk fitness expert Alicia Marie—author of The Booty Bible and co-creator of the 30 Day Butt Lift—on toning and strengthening exercises we can pencil into our morning routine, without having to push back our commute or slip on a fancy sports bra.

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1 Standing Twist and Alternate Knee Raise

Equipment Needed: Weight plate or ball


Directions: Stand up straight with your feet placed a little more than shoulder width apart and with a 10-15 pound weight plate in your hands, square in front of your torso. With your pelvis tucked under, twist your torso to the right bringing your right knee up toward the weight. Contract your abdominals and twist your torso back to center, returning your foot to the floor. Complete 15 "standing twist crunches" per side, then change sides for a total of 3 sets. Finish all reps on one side before beginning reps on the other. 

2 Plank Twist Corkscrew

Equipment Needed: Mat or soft flooring


Directions: Hold in low plank position, keeping your core muscles tight and your forearms flat. Slowly rotate your hips to one side, being sure not to drop them to the floor, then rotate your hips back to center. With your core muscles still engaged, rotate to the opposite side. Alternate back and forth slowly completing five reps on each side for a total of four sets.

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3 Lying Bicycle

"This move is one of, if not the "gold standard" of abdominal moves in that if it is performed correctly, you will be targeting all areas of your abdominals and core for a tinier, tighter waistline."


Equipment Needed: Mat or soft flooring


Directions: Lie on your back on a mat, placing both hands at the base of your head to lightly support your head and neck (do NOT "yank"). In one continuous motion, bring one knee up to your chest and crunch up angling the opposite elbow towards that knee. Without pausing, alternate bringing the other elbow up and toward the other knee.  Perform this move in a fluid continuous motion without pausing. Count 10 reps on each side. Rest and then begin again.


Tips: Do not "yank" or turn your head. This move is done by the abdominals, not your neck. Crunch up as much as you can throughout the start and finish. Extend your leg completely, don't just "cycle" your feet.

4 Fitness Ball Roll-Ups

"This is one of my favorite moves in that it challenges the core and you get upper body strength from the stabilizing push-up position (isometrics)!"


Equipment Needed: Inflatable fitness ball


Directions: Hold in high plank position. Facing downwards, put one lower leg and top of foot on the ball and repeat with the other. Hold that position until you feel stable. Tighten your core making sure you don't allow your midsection to "sink" down toward the floor. Draw your knees in, rolling the ball slowly toward your chest. Hold for one beat then slowly extend your legs back to start. Repeat using slow, controlled movements.


Tips: The size of the ball depends on user's personal height. The taller you are or the longer your arms, the larger the ball can be in circumference. Ideally, you want your body to be a straight horizontal line when in position.

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5 V-Ups Off Bench

Equipment Needed: Gym "lifting" bench, sturdy chair, or couch edge.


Directions: Sit on the edge of a bench or sturdy surface with your feet placed on the floor in front of you. Grip the sides of the bench/chair and lean slightly back, balancing a bit. Tightening your core for balance, lift your feet off the floor and bring your knees and upper body in towards each other simultaneously. Take your time and breathe. Complete 10 reps for a total of four sets.

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