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by Katrina Hodgson, Diet.com Fitness Expert
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In the market for a home workout? How about one that's a great combined aerobic/anaerobic workout to keep your heart pumping and your calories burning!

Have fun and let me know how it goes!

Most of us are short on time. So to keep things quick, it is imperative that you get into something a bit more intense.
home workout
In a house or condo with a good set of stairs? Good! To get ready for a high-intensity home workout, you'll need to set up two stations -- one at the top of the stairs, and one at the bottom (please make sure it is not a high traffic area at that time).

My suggestion is to keep a set of dumbbells at the top of the stairs for leg workouts (lunges, squats, etc.) and a set of dumbbells at the bottom for doing arms and shoulders. If you only have one pair of dumbbells, just carry them with you.

Top: Leg Station
Split lunges x 15
Squats w/ dumbbells on shoulders x 20
Straight leg deadlift x 12
Kneeling leg kickbacks x 12
Hip lifts (Lie supine on floor, one leg in air and lift at hips with arms by your side) x 12
Laying opposites for lower back x 12
Sit-ups x 10

Bottom: Arms Station
Bicep curls to shoulder press x ...    Continue

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@ 8:12pm ET on June 12, 2008
I run up and down my stairs as part of my workout now. I love it and can feel my legs getting stronger from it. Thanks for the great routine!

@ 2:28pm ET on July 11, 2008
This is a great idea and really fits in with what I've been doing on days that I'm short on time and can't get outside for my walk. I've been doing lunges, squats, crunches, pushups, etc. upstairs in my bedroom while I'm up there folding and putting away laundry. My cat is always there to tap the top of my head with is paw every time I start doing crunches, too. I think he's confused by the whole thing. haha

@ 1:37pm ET on January 27, 2010
Hi! I really like this idea and am going to start. I am pretty new to this and am wondering how many sets should we be doing? Also, what weight dumbell is good to use to get muscel built without being bulky?

@ 8:29pm ET on July 29, 2010
Hi! It is very use ful.I really like this idea and am going to start.

@ 11:27pm ET on July 31, 2010
what do people do if they dont have a house with stairs?

@ 3:12pm ET on July 16, 2012
What are the "laying opposites," for the lower back? -didn't see them on the exercise page. Looks like a winner for days that don't lend a full workout, like when I don't get enough shut eye, which is impossible to predict...ugh.

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