My Covid Workout

No gym workouts since March has been a nuisance. In the grand scheme of things, I can’t, and won’t, complain. There are far worse things happening on this surreal, Kafkaesque mudball. Still, I miss a few things like pull ups and heavy arm curls.

A key pillar of the paleo lifestyle is to lift heavy things. Being a hunter-gatherer meant lifting stuff, throwing stuff, cutting stuff. You get the idea.

I don’t need a gym to lift heavy things. This is a quick circuit routine I created that I do in my living room once a week. That’s all the lifting I need to do to maintain muscle mass.

The Workout

  • Press ups
  • Leg Squats
  • Planks
  • Arm curls (optional)


I do this circuit five times without resting. It wasn’t always that way when I was less fit. I’d usually take a one minute break between circuits. Five times round the circuit takes about ten minutes. So that’s ten minutes a week of lifting heavy things.

I do the arm curls because I’ve got a pair of dumbbells handy.

Through trial and error, I have figured out how many repetitions of each exercise is optimal for me.

Youtube has a wealth of information on how to do these exercises. There are tons of variations out there like press-up planks.

If I were near a park that had bars of some kind, I’d do pull ups there.

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