Arnold Schwarzenegger shares advice on how to turn your home into a makeshift gym

By Nicole Ganglani | Photo from Arnold Schwarzenegger/Facebook

“There are a lot of things we can’t control during this crisis, so we need to focus on what we can control,” says Arnold Schwarzenegger via Instagram

Despite the drastic changes in our lifestyle, bodybuilder and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is right—there are still things we can control, one of which is our health. If you’re into strength training, it’s important to continue this while on quarantine to avoid losing the fitness levels you’ve built. 

Thanks to social media, fitness clubs, instructors, trainers and even celebrities have used their platforms to share their workout routines, including Schwarzenegger who shared advice on how to turn your home into a makeshift gym 

“Body weight, or freehand, training is the oldest method in the world. Gladiators and Vikings didn’t have gymnasiums. I started my own fitness journey with chin-ups on a tree branch by a lake in Austria,” adds the “Terminator” star. 

Below are exercises Schwarzenegger does as part of his body-building workout routine:

Note that if an exercise says 50 reps, you can do it however you can—whether that’s 10 sets of five reps, five sets of 10 reps, two sets of 25 reps—it’s all up to you as long as you finish the number of reps in perfect form. 

Push-ups

Push-ups can be done anywhere around the house and in Schwarzenegger’s case, he did it on his carpet. 

25 reps for beginners

50 reps for advance

Dips between chairs

Schwarzenegger utilized (what looks like) his dining table chair for his dips between chair exercises.

25 reps for beginners

50 reps for advance

Row between chairs

For the row between chairs, Schwarzenegger used two chairs with a solid stick in between. 

30 reps for beginners

50 reps for advance

Sit-ups

Sit-ups can be done more precisely with a solid chair by your feet.

30 reps for beginners
100 reps advance

Bent-leg raises

Like push-ups, bent-leg raises can also be done on the carpet.

Beginner: 25 reps
Advanced: 50 reps

Bent-over twists

Place a weighted bar, broomstick or any stick on your shoulders while keeping your feet and shoulder apart. Bend 90 degrees at the waist.

Beginner: 25 reps
Advanced: 50 reps

Knee bends (squats)


Schwarzenegger is seen using a thick book to balance his form while doing squats.

Beginner: 25 reps
Advanced: 50 to 70 reps

Calf raises


For calf raises, you can use a chair and a thick book for support and balance.

Beginner: 25 reps
Advanced: 50 reps

Pull ups


Schwarzenegger used a solid stick placed in between two solid surfaces like a door (if possible).

Beginner: 10 reps
Advanced: 30 reps

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