Body weight exercise – Captain’s Chair

One of the reasons I love yoga is because it’s something that you can do anywhere and everywhere. All you need is a mat (and maybe a block), or sometimes you don’t even need anything. I go to the gym only very occasionally. Most of the time I do body weight exercises and I have a set of resistance bands (more on that later). I love body weight exercises for the same reason. You can do it anywhere, everywhere – at home, at the park, at the office, in the hotel room…. and you do not need expensive gear. So I am thinking of introducing a series of fun body weight exercises on my blog.  The first one….

Captain’s Chair 

What you need: 2 chairs


1. Place two heavy, stable chairs about 3 feet apart and have their backs facing towards each other. Place your hands on the top of the back of the chairs.

2. Lift the legs upwards and while exhaling at the same time. You can keep the knees bent so the thighs are approximately parallel to the floor. Inhale as you lower the legs to the starting position. Repeat.

Aim for 4 sets of 10-12 raises.

Variation: You can add the side twist (as you can see in the video)

Target muscles: Lower rectus abdominus, hip flexors, external obliques. Triceps and shoulders to lift the body in the air.

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