Home is Where the Studio Workout Is


Save time, save money—here’s a studio-worthy workout you can do from home from fitness expert Bess Carter. Follow her @besshcarter for more inspo. 


Whether it’s pilates, yoga, barre, or a weights session, studio workouts are all the rage right now. They’re great and effective, but sometimes you might be pressed for time and can’t make it to the studio or perhaps don’t have the budget for so many classes. Regardless of the reason, if you want a studio-inspired workout you can do at home (or that you can do anywhere), this workout has moves from all sorts of studio classes, so you can get a little bit of everything—and you’ll definitely feel the burn!

Complete the below circuit 3-5 times through depending on how much time you have and your fitness level!


Chair Pose Squats

With your feet, ankles and knees together, sit back into a chair pose squat. Be sure your knees don’t go out over your toes. As you sit back, lift your arms overhead. Then stand back up. That is one repetition; do 15 reps.


Alternating Back Lunge with Twist and Press

Begin in a standing position and take one leg back into a back lunge. As you lunge, twist the dumbbell over the leg in the front. Come back to center and perform a press at the top of the move. Repeat on the other side. Each back lunge with twist is one repetition; perform 20 alternating repetitions (10 per leg).


Front Leg Lifts with Biceps Curl

Fom standing, slightly bend your standing leg so you don’t lock out your knee, and then lift the other leg, also slightly bent and with the foot turned out. As you lift the leg, perform a bicep curl. That is one repetition; perform 15 per side.


Planks to Down Dog

Start in a plank on hands position. Hold the position for five seconds, then press back into a down dog by activating your core to lift your hips back, then lower to plank again. That is one repetition; perform 20 total.


Curtsy Lunge with Touchdown to Press

Begin in standing position with a dumbbell in each hand. Perform a curtsy lunge as you touch down the weights towards the floor, while still keeping your chest high. As you return to standing position, press the weights over head into a shoulder press while you bring the back leg out to the side. That is one repetition; perform 15 per side.

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