Too Cold To Go Outside? Your No-Equipment Necessary Dorm Room Workout

Winter break has come to an end, so come the dark and dreary winter months spent keeping warm inside your dorm room. If you’re like me, it takes a whole lot of commitment to get to the gym through all the snow and cold. Let’s be real—even though you’ve been promising to stick to your New Year’s resolution to get in shape, your warm bed seems to take the cake over that cold walk to your early morning workout. Besides, you always have tomorrow morning to make up for this one, right?
Don’t fear, HC has come up with a workout routine for you, so that you never have the excuse of, “But it’s 7 below outside!” again.  So, are you lacking the motivation to hit the gym? Does the weather outside have you conjuring up the most absurd excuses to avoid your workout? Here is a butt- kicking, no-equipment-necessary exercise routine put together by Jackie Morgado, a personal trainer at Equinox Fitness in Los Angeles, that you can do in the comfort of your own dorm room!
HC’s DIY Dorm Room Workout
Upper Body
Tricep Dips – 2 sets of 10 repetitions

Face your back to the edge of your bed frame or desk (depending on your height), placing your arms directly behind you, grasping the ledge. Make sure your feet are shoulder-length apart on the floor, and walk your legs out to the point where your butt is far enough away from the bed or desk so that you can still balance. Slowly lower yourself until your arms reach a 90-degree angle. Raise yourself back up to the starting position, and repeat the process. You’ll have sexy, toned arms in no time!
Pushups – 2 sets of 12 repetitions

Leaning your body weight at an incline against your desk, place your hands in front of you, grasping the edge. Make sure your arms are shoulder-width apart and your back is flat, with your legs straight out in a hover position. Lower your body until your chest is grazing the desk, then slowly push back up. Repeat this process until the set is finished. Even though pushups seem very old school, they are very effective at strengthening your pectorals, triceps, biceps and core muscles. So, while it may seem simple, a pushup can go a long way!
Abs and Core
Jackhammer – 2 sets of 10 repetitions

This is the ultimate core workout for flattening both your upper and lower abdominal muscles. Start laying flat on the ground (use a yoga mat for more comfort if needed), hands interlaced behind your head and legs straight, slightly off the ground. In one motion, raise your back into a crunching position and pull your legs towards your chest, making sure to keep your core engaged at all times. Slowly lower your body back to starting position, pushing your legs out and down and keeping your back straight.
Torso-Rotation – 2 sets of 15 repetitions (twisting to both sides is one full rep)

Having strong oblique muscles, the ones on both sides of your abdominals, is essential to a toned core. This exercise specifically targets those muscles, giving you the burn you need to get that sexy, flat stomach! Start sitting on the floor with your knees bent and feet flat on the ground. Recline back to about 45 degrees, and place your arms out in front of your body. Keeping your lower body still, twist to the right and left, tapping your hands to the ground on each rotation. The farther you lean back, the harder the workout.

Ainslie Forsum is in her junior year at the University of Oregon, majoring in Journalism with a focus in Magazine and Public Relations. The last two summers she has completed marketing internships with Variety in Los Angeles and Seventeen Magazine in New York. Although she loves the exciting lifestyle of event planning and public relations, she has always had a soft spot for writing. She enjoys a good challenge of wit, preferably over a cup of coffee, which has become a dietary staple in her life. When she’s not at Starbucks, she can be found perusing travel magazines planning her next adventure abroad, trying out a new recipe in the kitchen or catching up with her favorite celeb gossip site, Perez Hilton. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in magazine journalism.