When times get tough, gym memberships are usually one of the first “luxuries” that gets cut from your budget, together with the expensive coffee and date night.

No matter what your financial position, your health should never take a backseat. You can enjoy a healthy active lifestyle without an expensive gym contract.

Here is a great beginner workout routine that you can try out home

The routine consists of 9 different exercises. Do exercises 1 to 3 then rest for a few seconds. Now start with the first exercise again, but this time do exercises 1 to 4. Continue in this fashion until you can do all the sets.

For example:
Set 1 (Exercises 1, 2 & 3)
Set 2 (Exercises 1, 2, 3 & 4)
Set 3 (Exercises 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5)

And so forth…

The exercises:

1. Running on the spot for 30 seconds

2. Squats x 20

Athletic man running doing squats


3. Wall push-ups x 10

Push ups


4. Jumping jacks x 15

Jumping Jacks

Jumping Jacks

5. Plank (on chair) x 30 seconds

Doing Push Ups At A Park

Plank (Hold your body in this position for 30 seconds)

 6. Lunges x 10 each leg



7. Tricep dips on chair

tricep dips on a park bench

Tricep dips

8. Sit-ups x 20

Guy doing sit ups


9. Rope skipping (If you don’t have a rope, just pretend like you are jumping with one) x 1 min

Remember to stretch after exercising to minimise “morning after” aches and pains.

About The Author

Clarissa Grobbelaar

Clarissa Grobbelaar is a personal trainer at Planet Fitness Fourways. Drawing from her experience as a rhythmic gymnast, she still regularly incorporates random and unplanned interpretive dance into her sessions.

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