Shaping Up… Dorm Style

For those who are blessed with the love of going to the gym and running and just exercising in general, I envy you. Between classes, clubs, and friends, working out is the last thing on many of our minds. Sure, it’s the new year and the Freshman 15 is looming over heads, creating the perfect excuse to get in shape, but let’s face it–it is not always easy. Not to mention that after working out, it hurts and you wonder what ever possessed you to do it.

Despite all this, it is a good idea to get in a routine of exercising. It may suck a little bit, but it will be worth while. It can be super easy too. If you don’t like going to Zumba or the gym, take a look at these dorm room exercises that are sure to set you on your way to a healthier life and better you.

The Desk


It’s in every dorm room… the desk. Maybe you actually use it for homework, or maybe it has turned into the entertainment system. Whatever you are using it for, you can also use it to work out. With your desk against the wall, place your hands a little more than shoulder width apart on the edge of the desk. Keep your feet on the ground, back straight and chest in line with the edge of the desk. Lower your body until you are six inches from the desk and push back up. Kind of like a push-up. Work your way up to 3 sets of 15.

Coffee Overload?

College students drink a lot of coffee and sometimes get hyper. To channel that energy or to prevent yourself from reaching for more snacks, do 3 rounds of 20 stadium runs and 20 jumping jacks. For the stadium runs, get in a push-up position on the ground. Bring your left knee to your chest and then your right in a running motion. make sure to keep abs tight.

Getting the Most Money out of Your Textbooks

Textbooks are sooooo expensive. Why not use them for more than class, and no I don’t mean as fire fuel. Use them to exercise. Lay face up on the floor with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Get the heaviest textbook you have and hold it above your head. Lift your head and shoulders with the textbook high above your head. Hold for 1 second and slowly release, completing 3 sets of 15.

Nap Time…Not!

For this one you are allowed to be on your bed, bu NO napping. Agreed? Good. Now we can continue. To sculpt your arms sit on the edge of the bed with your hands next to your hips. Slowly lower your hips off the bed in a dip, using your arms and bending your elbows. Don’t sink into your shoulders or go past 90 degrees. 3 sets of 15. Now you can nap.

Sitting on the Job

Grab your desk chair and act like you are going to sit in it. Don’t actually sit in it. Before you sit stand back up like a squat. The chair acts as a good reference point. To burn more calories, jump from the bent position.


There you go, a simple, dorm workout that is sure to get you fit and keep the Freshman 15 at bay. Stick with it and encourage each other. Happy workout!


Written by Marisa Linton

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