At-Home Weights Workout

Hello friends!  Hope your week is going well.  Is anyone else deliriously excited that Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy and Parenthood are all coming back on tomorrow??  I love the Olympics but at some point I need more drama than a Russian skater falling on her behind.  Besides, since we have snow predicted from now until, well, the foreseeable future, I need something to occupy me while I am stuck inside!  

In any event, if you are like me and you are stuck inside, you’ll appreciate this weights workout I put together.*  This is Part 1 of a two part weights series.  Check back next week for Part 2! I hope you enjoy! 🙂    


1.) The Chop–  Stand with one foot in front and one foot in back with the back heel lifted.  Bring arms straight up in front of forehead holding a weight in both hands.  Draw the weight down towards your back leg while bending the back leg into a lunge. Return to start. Repeat 15x. Switch sides and repeat.

2.) Curtsey Lunge Curl– Stand with one leg behind opposite shoulder holding weights in each hand palms facing out. Lower into a curtesy lunge while curling hands up to shoulders for a bicep curl. Return to standing. Repeat 15x. Switch sides and repeat.

3.) Lift & Row– Stand with feet hip width apart and legs slightly bent holding a weight in each hand. Keeping back straight, lower into a deadlift (weights towards shins). Straighten up bringing weights up to shoulders in a row. Lower weights to start. Repeat 15x.

4.)  Lean Back– On a mat, come on to your shins and knees keep seat lifted off heels. Keeping back straight and abs pulled in, lean back towards heels while drawing arms out in front of you.  When you reach your point of control, reach one hand back towards you foot.  Return to start and repeat with the other hand.  Repeat 20x.

5.) Lunging Warrior–  Start in a lunge with weights in both hands and knees at 90 degree angles. Push off the back foot lifting it into the air and leaning forward into a Warrior 3 allowing the weights to dangle towards floor with arms straight.  Holding the Warrior 3, draw weights up towards ribs for a row.  Drop weights down straight and then return to the lunge position.  Repeat 15x.  Switch sides and repeat.

6.) Plie Raise– Stand with feet apart, toes pointing out to side holding weights in each hand in front of the body.  Lower into a plie bringing weights out to side for a side raise.  Holding the plie, lift heels off the ground coming up onto toes. Lower heels and straighten legs back to starting position bringing arms back down.  Repeat 15x.

7.) Pretzel Extension– Sit on the floor with one foot in front and one leg in back with both legs bent at 90 degree angles. Lift the back leg up off the mat and extend the leg out 45 degrees. Bring foot back in and lower leg to mat. Repeat 15x.  Switch sides and repeat.

8.) Side Lunge–  Stand with feet together and a weight in left hand.  Step out with right foot into a side lunge bringing weight in left hand down towards right foot.  Push off right foot and stand straight on left leg bringing right leg up to left knee and drawing weight straight up overhead.  Repeat 15x.  Switch sides and repeat.

9.) Squat Front Raise–  Stand with feet hip width apart and a weight in each hand.  Bend knees and lower into a squat with weight in heels while simultaneously bringing weights straight up in front of you for a front raise. 

10.) Swimming– Lie on stomach with hands straight out in front of you and legs straight.  Lift right arm off mat and leg leg.  Switch and lift left arm up and right leg up.  Switch arms and legs at a quick pace to mimic swimming.  Repeat 20x. 

As a final reminder, the Find Your Balance February Challenge is coming to a close very soon!!  I hope you accepted the challenge and did one thing every day to improve your health and wellness.  Don’t forget to check in on the Challenge website for your chance to win an Athleta gift card! 

Readers, what’s your favorite TV show?  Are you braving the winter weather for outdoor workouts or are you stuck inside like me?  What did you think of the outcome of the Olympics?

* Not all workouts are suitable for everyone. Always consult a physician before trying this or any other workout.  Participation is at your own risk.  


  1. Great workout lady! I recently discovered the pretzel extension and damn does it hurt. Hurts so good. I’ve been focusing on building my glute strength in hopes that I may try a bit of jogging come spring…but I won’t get ahead of myself 😉
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  2. Great workout Brittany! I love that it’s total body. Totally pinning!
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  3. Yay, more stuff to add to my routine! I love all of these and you look fabulous! 🙂
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  4. This post is impressive! The workout AND the dedication to take all of these photos. The blogger in me is extremely impressed. I can see you in the magazines now… 🙂
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    • Thanks Kimberly! I never appreciated how difficult it is to do these kinds of shoots until I started doing them myself!

  5. Pretzel extensions are my least favorite move, which is why I never do them but probably should. Great workout though–pinning!
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  6. I’m so excited about Parenthood! I still have some episodes to catch up on, but still. As for the winter weather, I’m trying to brave the outdoors, but it’s hard!! I wish I had the motivation to work out at home.
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  7. This is fantastic Britt! I need to get some decent weights in my house. I am so itching for GREYS tonight! and of course Scandal.
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    • What did you think of the winter/spring premieres? I thought they were good!

      Glad you liked the weights workout. I know you like to lift heavy though so you may need heavier weights!
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  8. This workout looks great and I love all the pictures. You look fabulous!
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  9. This is awesome Britt! I am terrible at the swimming. The plie raise is my favorite.
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  10. What a great workout plan!! We really don’t have an excuse anymore!! HAHA!
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  11. Your body is BANGING! I am fo-sho following ALL OF THESE MOVES!! 🙂
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  12. Yay!!! I was just going through all my stash of at home workouts and wasn’t really getting motivated to do any of them. Now I know what I’m going to do!
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  13. I’m a huge fan of working out at home!!
    I love all of the combo moves you shared here!!
    And, your pictures are awesome!
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  14. Love the workout moves and visuals — looking good lady!

    I am a big fan of Parenthood. Such a good show! I watched Grey’s Anatomy for years and years and just fell off of it earlier this season. My favorite show right now is The Following. Oh my gosh, it’s so suspenseful I hardly breathe while I’m watching it!! I agree with you about the Olympics. My hubby was funny because he kept complaining there was WAY too much figure skating, and I kind of agree with him haha
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  15. Seriously, how awesome do you look in those shots?! Amazing. I need to do more weights work and this may be incorporated soon. Toying with buying the Les Mills or Insanity or T25 as well so we’ll see…

    Favorite TV shows – a little obsessed lately with Friday Night Lights but recent shows that I watch include Grey’s, Scandal, Parenthood and sometimes Revenge (it has gone off the deep end lately though). I keep falling asleep during House of Cards. I’m eagerly awaiting the return of Mad Men though.

    Oh, don’t get me started on all the TV I love so much…….
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  16. Wow!!

    Loving those abs girl, looking forward to doing this workout soon 😀