All You Need for This 20-Minute Full-Body Workout Is a Broom

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With many gyms still closed, many of us have to get creative with our workout equipment. Thankfully, you probably have something (or several things) you can use to get a good workout at home — just take a peek in your broom closet, for instance.

Sure, a broom may be lightweight, but it can still work great as a stand-in for a barbell or dumbbell. To prove it, NCSF-certified personal trainer Kehinde Anjorin created this 20-minute full-body routine that calls for only a broom. Grab yours and give it a try.

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Move 1: Front Squat

This lower-body exercise works the legs and glutes. Plus, having the broom in front of your body forces your abdominal muscles to kick in to help you stay upright.

  1. Stand tall with feet hip-width apart and rest the broomstick on your shoulders, in front of your body. Hold the broom lightly with just your fingertips, about shoulder-width apart. Your wrists should be bent back and your elbows should point forward. This is the starting position.
  2. Push your butt back to sit down as far as you're comfortably able. Keep your chest tall, knees in line with your toes and elbows pointed straight ahead.
  3. Once you're in the bottom of the squat, push through your heels to stand back up.
  4. Do 4 sets of 15 reps.

Move 2: Staggered-Stance Deadlift

The staggered-stance deadlift helps build strength and balance equally in both legs. And using a broom for this move is a great way to learn how to deadlift properly with a barbell, Anjorin says.

  1. Stand tall with feet hip-width apart. Hold the broom in front of your thighs, hands slightly further than shoulder-width apart.
  2. Shift your weight onto one leg and step the other foot back about one foot-length so you're in a staggered stance and your foot is propped up on your toes. This is the starting position.
  3. With most of your weight on your front leg, hinge forward at the hips and push them back. As you hinge, bend your front knee and skim the broom down your legs toward the floor. Keep your back flat and hips over your knees.
  4. Return to standing, squeezing your glutes at the top.
  5. Do 3 sets of 12 reps per leg.

Move 3: Walking Lunge to Overhead Press

This compound (multi-joint) exercise boosts your heart rate, builds total-body strength and improves coordination, Anjorin says.

  1. Stand with feet hip-width apart and hold the broom in front of your chest with both hands.
  2. Lunge forward with one leg and sink down until your front thigh is parallel (or almost parallel) to the floor. Keep your torso stacked over your pelvis.
  3. Return to standing by pushing through the big toe of your front foot.
  4. Once standing, press the broom overhead until your arms are fully extended. Return the broom to your shoulders and lunge forward with the opposite leg.
  5. Do 3 sets of 12 reps total.

Move 4: Reverse Lunge

The reverse lunge is another great compound movement that incorporates your entire body, Anjorin says.

  1. Hold the broom next to your body with your left hand.
  2. With feet hip-width apart, step back with your right leg, keeping your knee directly underneath your hip. Sink down until your front thigh is parallel (or almost parallel) to the floor. Keep your torso stacked over your pelvis.
  3. Return to standing by pushing through the big toe of your front foot.
  4. Do 4 sets of 12 reps per leg.

Move 5: Push Press

The push press is like a standard shoulder press, only it has an explosive element for more oomph. "[It's] a great way to get the heart rate going with very minimal equipment," Anjorin says.

  1. Stand with feet hip-width apart and hold the broom in front of your chest with both hands.
  2. Bend at the knees to dip into a quarter-squat. Then, drive up through your hips to press the broom overhead in one fluid motion.
  3. Return the broom to your shoulders and repeat.
  4. Do 4 sets of 12 reps.
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