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Workout to Do With a Chair

Dinner's Cooking? Time to Do This Workout!

The following post was written by Amanda Brooks, who blogs at Run to the Finish and is part of POPSUGAR Select Fitness.

If multitasker is your middle name, then this is the workout for you! While dinner is cooking, work up a sweat building head-to-toe strength using a kitchen chair. Bonus: cooking at home saves money on both takeout and gym memberships.

Perform 15 reps of each move and repeat two to three times depending on cooking time.

Pistol Squat: Standing in front of chair, lift left leg in front of you while squatting down into the chair. Perform all reps on one leg before switching.

Ab Lift and Hold: While sitting, grasp the sides of the chair with your hands. Engage your core and use your arms and lift the bottom away from chair. Tighten core and hold for five seconds.

Triceps dip: Turn around so your back is facing the chair, and place your hands on the edge of the seat. Keep your butt close to chair and lower yourself down to 90 degrees and back up.

Push-Up: Begin in plank position with the hands resting on each side of the chair. Lower your chest to the chair and then return back to plank position.

Crunch: Lie down with your back on the ground and rest your feet on the chair at a 90-degree angle. Place hands behind your neck; bring your chest toward your knees and lift your shoulder blades off the ground, but be sure not to pull on your neck.

Chair Jumps: Stand in front of the chair, bending forward so your hands are on either side of the chair. Use the chair for balance as you hop side to side — higher you go the more plyo the move.

Optional Over-Under Tap: From a plank position, reach your right hand under your body to meet your left foot coming forward. Return to plank. Then reach right hand behind body to meet left foot. Return to plank. Switch sides after 15 reps.

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