Resistance training at home: HIIT training instead of jogging

Resistance training doesn’t always have to be in the form of jogging. You can also burn a lot of calories with a home workout. Whether it’s due to bad weather, home office or a short time, with our HIIT training for home you no longer have excuses.

resistance training at home

Resistance training is great for keeping your metabolism going and burning fat. But not everyone feels called to jog, and that’s perfectly fine.

But that doesn’t mean you have to do without cardiovascular training. We’ve created a workout that challenges all your major muscle groups and that you can complete in a confined space, like between a desk and a couch.

interval block A
(20-40 seconds per exercise)
Interval Block B
(20-40 seconds per exercise)
interval block C
(20-40 seconds per exercise)
1. Jump rope 1. Burpee Variation 1. Jump squats
2. Push-ups 2. Plank on the right side 2. Handstand against the wall
3. razor 3. Left Side Plank 3. Bicycle Crunches
4. superman 4. Side lunges 4. Hip raises

interval block A

In the first block of intervals, four exercises await you that you probably know and can therefore perform cleanly and quickly. They also serve as a warm-up program – set the timer on your cell phone or use an app like “Hiitmi” and get started.

Do as many repetitions as possible in the given time: 20 to 40 seconds, depending on your fitness level. Then move on to the next exercise as quickly as possible in ten to 20 seconds.

Let’s start with the jump rope: ideally on a mat or exercise mat. Your joints and your neighbors will thank you.

If you don’t have a jump rope, just do jumping jacks, also known as jumping jacks: open and bring your arms and legs together as you jump at the same time.

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Trained: legs and calves
Difficulty: medium
Note: Wear athletic shoes and an exercise mat, rope handles at hip height.

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trainers: Chest, arms (the narrower, the more triceps), shoulders
Difficulty: hard
Note: Hands wider than shoulder width, back/pelvis straight, do not over-extend the neck

Advice: If you can’t do clean classic pushups, instead of doing it on your knees, find an elevation, like the couch, and rest your hands on it. This has a greater effect on the target muscles than carrying the weight on the knees.

3. razor

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Trained: Rectus and oblique abdominal muscles
Difficulty: hard
Note: Upper body straight, avoid hunched back

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Trained: lower back and buttocks
Difficulty: easy
Note: Squeeze your buttocks, don’t lower your thighs all the way, look down

Interval Block B

The first block has already finished. Now you can catch your breath for a minute or two and have a drink. This is followed by the second interval with four new exercises.

By now, all of your major muscle groups should be warm from round one, and you’re ready to go full throttle for round two.

The first exercise is already difficult – almost everyone knows and fears burpees – but they are worth it, since they are one of the most effective exercises for the whole body.

Don’t worry: we also have easier, joint-friendly alternatives to the classic burpee jump for you.

1. Burpees – also possible without jumping

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Trained: muscles of the entire leg, glutes, back extensors, chest, triceps, shoulders
Difficulty: hard
Note: Controlled movements, body tension, no back/hunched hips

Second and third side plank (first on the right, then on the left)

FIT FOR FUN/cult models

Trained: rectus and oblique abdominal muscles
Difficulty: medium
Note: Do not turn the upper body, the head in line with the spine

Begin by holding your right forearm and right leg on the floor. After the 20 seconds, switch directly to the other side.

Advice: If you want more, you can also slightly raise and lower your hips, without resting them on the ground. Or you keep one leg in the air.

4. Alternating Side Lunges

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Trained: Front, rear and inner thigh muscles (adductors), buttock muscles
Difficulty: easy
Note: Back straight, belly tense for balance

interval block C

You now have time for a short breather before starting the third and final interval block. You’ve got it all over again: All the large muscle groups, namely legs and buttocks, stomach, back, shoulders, and arms, can burn!

1. Squats – if you can, with a jump

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Trained: hamstrings and quadriceps, gluteus maximus,
back extensors, adductors
Difficulty: easy
Note: Back straight, abdomen taut, knees stable and slightly pushed out

Advice: If you’re still in shape, you can also explosively jump knee high to get your cardiovascular system going again. If you have knee or lower back problems, just skip the jump, like in the video.

2. Handstand against the wall

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Trained: Trapezius, shoulder, arms (especially triceps)
Difficulty: hard
Note: Bring your hands close to the wall or closed door, turn them up and hold them

Advice: If you lose strength in your arms while doing a handstand against the wall, slowly come back to your feet and then rise up again until the time is up.

3. Bicycle Crunches

FIT FOR FUN/cult models

Trained: rectus and oblique abdominal muscles
Difficulty: medium
Note: With force instead of momentum up, elbows slowly toward the opposite knee

FIT FOR FUN/cult models

Advice: If you find the bicycle crunches difficult, place one leg on the floor.

4. Hip raises

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Trained: Back of the leg, calves, buttocks, abdomen
Difficulty: easy
Note: Feet hip-width apart, pelvis high, spine straight, buttocks straight

After training, it’s time for a cool down.

Congratulations, after these three blocks of HIIT you have really revved up your cardiovascular system and trained your stamina.

Plus, all of your major muscle groups should burn and your mobility and coordination should also improve over time, assuming you keep doing it, of course.

You can use our calorie calculator to find out approximately how many calories you burned during your workout:

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