Work It Out | At-Home Workout with Kathleen Carter

Work It Out | At-Home Workout with Kathleen Carter

Recreating your gym experience, at home, is as easy as using what you’ve got, in order to make it happen. Need proof? Well, grab some items from your household — free weights and a kettlebell, liquid detergent, a wine bottle, cooking pot, etc. — and get ready for it! Kathleen Carter, a certified personal trainer, takes us through a 15-minute workout you can do at home, with household products. Let’s get into it!



Kathleen is wearing our January look, Coral Kissed.

15-Minute Workout

What you’ll need:

1 medium weight (anywhere from 5-12lb)

1 or 2 heavy weights (anywhere from 10-20lb)


Rock ’n’ Rolls

  • Wrap your arms around your thighs.
  • Tuck your tailbone under.
  • Inhale as you rock back.
  • Exhale to roll up, without letting go.


10 reps of each. After you’ve completed all moves, repeat 2x more (or 3x more, if you want a longer workout).

Single Arm Chest Press with Glute Bridge Hold

  • Lie on your back with legs bent and feet firmly planted.
  • Lift hips two inches into air and hold.
  • Hold a weight in one hand over your chest. 
  • Bend your elbow at 45 degrees, then press back over chest.

Bicep Curl to Overhead Press

  • Start in a half kneel with right knee on the ground and left leg in front.
  • Hold the weight in your right hand.
  • Curl your arm, then press overhead.
  • Elbow stays in front, throughout.
  • Bring back knee off the ground for more challenge.

Deadlift with Row

  • Stand with feet hip width apart.
  • Take a big exhale to set abs (think ribs down to hips).
  • Pull hips back, while you maintain a flat back, knees staying over ankles.
  • At the bottom, pull both elbows up to your side.
  • Straighten your arms, then push through heels to stand.

Dead Bug with Weight

  • Lie on your back with legs in table-top position.
  • Press a weight from your right hand into your left thigh.
  • Extend opposite arm and leg away from the center of your body, without your ribs or hips moving. Abs will fire!


Kathleen Q&A: 

What is your favorite thing to do during your workout?

Having a spontaneous dance party.

What is your favorite cheat meal?

Blueberry donuts.

How do you stay balanced?

I journal and pray, every morning. And when I’m not working/working out, I really try to create a boundary around rest.

How do you stay active, during quarantine? What has helped you get through?

I launched my own virtual business. I teach eight fitness classes a week (HIIT, sculpt, and barre), and have [done so ] since quarantine started. It keeps me motivated to show up for my clients, because they show up, even when they don’t feel like it. It’s been so fun to create and share what I love doing. 


Lightning Round Q&A: 

Matcha or  Coffee 

Yoga or  Pilates 

Fall or Summer 

World Traveler or  Backyard Explorer 

Gilmore Girls or Friends - Both

Early bird or  Night Owl

Tacos + Guac or  Burgers + Fries

This 15-minute at-home workout was contributed exclusively to Ellie by Kathleen Carter, certified personal trainer, actor, singer, and dancer. Kathleen grew up as a dancer, and moved to New York City to pursue a career in musical theater. She had a hip injury that required surgery,  and her time in physical therapy sparked her interest in learning more about how the body moves  — what’s good for it, what’s not great for it, etc. So, I started with a Zumba certification, then Barre, then turned to personal training (including a pre/post natal & pelvic floor speciality), and now specialize in helping people get stronger, while preventing and overcoming injuries. I help people get pain free, while giving them a fun butt-kicking!  Instagram:  @kathleen_carter_