Bobby Holland Hanton performs a push-up with a clap.
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Need a challenge? Try these tough workouts at home

Centr Team

If you think your fitness has reached the limits of what you can achieve without going to a gym, think again. We’re here to prove to you that a challenging bodyweight-only workout at home is possible.

In order to get stronger, fitter and reach your goals – whether it’s boosting cardio, gaining strength, sculpting abs or increasing lower-body power – you need to challenge yourself and push your limits.

But that doesn’t mean you need to shell out for a whole load of new equipment. All you need is the most challenging moves from Chris Hemsworth’s team of world-class trainers. We’ve hand-picked some of their most challenging bodyweight exercises, leg workouts and core workouts, plus an advanced HIIT workout to inspire you.

If you want to build muscle (without access to a full home gym), we can also show you how to get it done at home with bodyweight, resistance bands and dumbbells.

Ready to try some of the most challenging home exercises around? Let’s go.

The toughest bodyweight exercises

Looking to level-up your home workouts? Look no further than Bobby Holland Hanton’s plyometric moves. As a gymnast and A-list Hollywood stuntman (he pulls off all of Thor’s most amazing moves), Bobby is an expert in advanced bodyweight exercise. Members have described his Plyo workouts on Centr as “tough”, “really tough” and “actually really tough”. (That’s leaving out all the curse words the workouts inspire.)

The explosive force and jumping involved in plyometric moves will help to maximize your strength, speed, power and endurance. So if you want to rise to the challenge of a truly tough bodyweight workout, add these exercises from Bobby to your routine.

Push-up + clap

The clap adds a dynamic element to supercharge your chest and back strength. Begin in a regular push-up position, with your hands on the floor below your shoulders, and core engaged. Bend through your elbows to lower your chest toward the ground, and as you raise back up, push your torso away from the ground with force enough to bring your hands together to clap before returning them to the floor. As you gain strength, you’ll be able to drive higher off the ground and complete more reps.

Spiderman push-ups

By moving like Spidey would up the side of a building, you’re working your arms, pecs and shoulders, plus forcing your core to work harder to maintain stability. Set up like a regular push-up, with hands on the floor slightly wider than your shoulders. As you lower your arms into a push-up, lift your left foot off the floor and drive your knee up toward your elbow. As you push to lift your chest, return your leg to its starting position simultaneously. Next, lower your arms again and this time drive your right knee up toward your elbow. Continue alternating at a steady pace.

Bucking bronco

Bobby’s full-body bucking broncos will spike your cardio and impress your friends. Just make sure you have plenty of room to move. Start in a crouch with your hands on the floor wider than your shoulders, knees bent, on your toes with feet tucked under your butt. Push your palms into the floor and spring your feet out and up so that your weight tips toward your hands and your legs rise up, pulling you into an (almost) hand-stand position. Then bend your knees to drop back down. It’s okay if you can’t get much height with your legs or you’re a bit wobbly initially. As your strength builds, your ability to control the movement will improve.

Burpee + jump lunge

Burpees are a great fat burner as they switch on all muscle groups and get your heart racing. Bobby will push you to the limits by adding an extra explosive element in both this and the following exercise.

Standing with your feet hip-width apart, bring your hands down to the ground then jump both feet back so your body is in a plank position. Then jump your feet in toward your hands, stand up out of the squat position, and switch straight into a jump lunge – driving your left leg back then your right to complete a lunge on each side.

Burpee tuck jump

Follow the same burpee form as the previous exercise, but when you stand up out of the squat position, rise into a jump and bring your knees toward your chest. Make all elements of the movement as quick as you can, while keeping your knees soft when you land to avoid jarring.

Try this tough leg workout at home

We’ve lined up some of our favorite and most effective lower-body moves to create your own advanced HIIT workout at home. Check out our guide to building your legs without weights for form videos from our expert trainers and more info on challenging your legs at home.

Do these exercises as a circuit, with 1–2 minutes rest between rounds. (The shorter your rest period, the bigger the challenge.)

Round 1: Bulgarian split squat
3 x sets of 8 x reps on each leg
Work your quads, calves, hamstrings and build unilateral strength with Bulgarian split squats. Position a chair, low table or bench behind you. Take a long step back with your left leg and place the top of your foot on the bench. Keeping your torso upright, bend your right knee and lower your body toward the ground. Push through your front foot to return to a standing position. After doing 8 x reps, switch legs.

Round 2: Single-leg glute bridge
3 x sets of 12 x reps on each leg
When regular glute bridges no longer make your butt burn, give the single-leg version a try. Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet on the floor about hip-distance apart. Raise one leg off the ground, squeeze your glutes and push through the foot on the floor to drive your hips up. After 12 reps, switch and repeat on the other side.

Round 3: Squat jump tucks
3 x sets of 40 seconds doing as many reps as possible
Build powerful quads, calves, glutes and hamstrings by adding jump tucks to your squats. Start by standing with feet shoulder-width apart, chest up and your core switched on. With your weight in your heels, sit your bum back and down into a squat position. When your quads are parallel to the ground, drive through your feet to spring up out of the squat. As you jump off the ground, lift your knees up to your chest while keeping your core tight. (It’s okay if you can’t get your knees high to begin with. Keep working on it!)

Round 4: Jump lunges
3 x sets of 40 seconds doing as many reps as possible
Jump lunges will develop your glutes, hamstrings, calves and quads while providing a great cardio workout. Sink into a deep lunge. Lean forward slightly and engage your core. Drive through your feet to jump upward, switching your front and back legs in the air. Land as softly as you can and sink immediately into another lunge.

Try this tough ab workout at home

Before you start doing this tough ab workout, make sure you check the form videos and tips from your trainers in our guide to killer core workouts.

For a challenging HIIT workout that targets and tests your core from all angles, do these exercises as a circuit, with 1–2 minutes rest between rounds.

Ashley Joi, wearing pink workout clothes, performs a side plank.

Want abs like Ashley Joi? Challenge your core with the moves below.

Round 1: V-sits
3 x sets of 40 seconds doing as many reps as possible
V-sits recruit your core in order to move your whole body, building explosive power. Lie on your back, legs straight and arms above your head. Brace your core muscles and use them to raise your torso and legs – reaching your hands toward your shins – until your body forms a ‘V’ shape. Control the movement so that your torso, arms and legs raise and lower at the same time. Ensure your back and legs stay straight throughout.

Round 2: Hollow outs
3 x sets of 40 seconds doing as many reps as possible
Hollow-outs force you to keep a neutral spine position while your whole body moves, which is great for stabilizing through your core. Lie on your back, legs out and arms stretched above your head. Raise your arms and legs off the ground, engaging your core, to take a hollow hold position. Now begin to rock back and forth – your feet should stay just above the floor when you rock your torso forward, and your arms above the floor when you rock back. Your spine, neck and head should remain in a straight line throughout. Make sure you’re not using your neck or arms to rock forward, remember your core should be driving the movement.

Round 3: Plank jacks + shoulder taps
3 x sets of 40 seconds doing as many reps as possible
Rev up the classic plank by adding a bounce that is driven by your core (not your feet!) Take a plank position, with hands directly under your shoulders. Use your core muscles to jump your legs out to the side in a star jump motion. At the same time, raise one hand at a time to tap your opposite shoulder. Keep your torso straight and hips facing the floor – they shouldn’t twist up as you lift your arms to tap.

Round 4: Forward to reverse crawl
3 x sets of 40 seconds
Crawling is a fundamental movement pattern that, when practiced frequently, will give your core functional and athletic mobility and power. Take the all-fours position on the floor – on your toes, with your hands directly underneath your shoulders, and your back flat. (Starting in a squat position then placing your hands on the floor may help you position your body.) Your knees should be raised off the floor, directly in line with your hips. Now crawl! As you improve and increase the pace, your feet and knees may push out wider than your hands to drive forward with greater speed.

Round 5: Side plank dips
3 x sets of 40 seconds doing as many reps as possible
Side plank dips target your obliques and challenge your stability. Start in a side plank position, with your right elbow on the floor directly below your shoulder, and your body in a straight light angling down from head to toe. Place your left hand on your left hip, engage your core and use it to dip your hips down toward the floor, then up. Control the movement so that, on the downward dip, your thighs get close to the floor but don’t touch it. Switch sides after 20 seconds to ensure you’re working both sides of your core.

An advanced full-body HIIT workout you can do at home

This workout is from our 6-week bodyweight challenge Centr Unleashed, which offers a full Advanced program to help you take your cardio fitness and lean muscle to new heights – no gym necessary. If you’re not quite ready to take on the hardest moves, Centr has Beginner or Intermediate Unleashed programs to help you hit your goals.

Follow Luke Zocchi through the advanced exercises in the video below. To take the intensity up a notch, cut your rest time. Do 2 rounds total for a 20-minute burner.

To push your limits and achieve your goals, you need to train with the best. Join Chris Hemsworth’s team for Unleashed, the 6-week bodyweight program that gives you the freedom to work out anywhere – no equipment required.

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