Home Workout: Inverted Rows with a Sheet and a Doorway


Hi there Smile

Guess what I did yesterday – aside from cooking this mean steak stir fry:


ohh yeah.

I filmed a vlog! I think it’s been about 8 years three weeks since I’ve posted a video of myself yakin’ it up. Well, my friends, today is your lucky day.

Today’s video features – wait for it –


….. a sheet!

Yes, exciting. I know. Try to contain it, peeps.

Side note/before I get to the video: How do you guys stash your sheets? You know, the set or two that you put on the mattress while the other set’s in the wash. I can’t remember when or where I saw this tip, but I’ll never go back to storing my sheets any other way:


Take one of the pillowcases. Stuff the sheets and other pillowcase in first pillowcase. Toss up on a shelf in the closet. This little tip (that I wish I could give credit to whomever I got it from) has made my life a lot easier. Sanity and space saving storage at its best.

But I digress.

On to the exercise.

For my online clients, I’ve filmed dozens and dozens of youtube exercise demo videos (you can also view them here!) Some of my clients have access to full gyms with barbells, dumbbells, cables, and more. Others have access to solely two things: their body and some space. I take on both varieties of clients with open arms, however, I have to get a little more creative for the ones with no equipment.

One muscle group that’s particularly hard to train, but equally important to train, is the upper back. Without a pull up bar or some weights, it can be tough to work those rhomboids, traps, and teres muscles. When I’m able to train someone inside their homes with them, I’ll bring my TRX. When that’s not a possibility, we resort to household objects.

That said, I present to you: The Sheet Row:

Disclaimer: please check with your physician before beginning any new exercises. This is not instruction or advice – just sharing ideas.


Other favorite body weight exercises:

Dive Bombers


Glute-ham raises

Plyo lunges

More planks

Some other favorite sanity and space-saving storage:

The plastic bag trick!

What’s your favorite body weight exercise?

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  1. Probably plank and variations of it since it works so many body parts.
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  2. You’re brilliant! Love the sheet row idea! I would say my favorite body weight exercises are planks or push ups. Let’s be honest, both of them can royally suck, but they are SO effective!
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  3. I love that idea! And that stir fry comes in a veryyy close second 😀
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  4. look at you being resourceful! What a great idea!
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  5. I’m TOTALLY storing my sheets like that now! Brilliant. And that stir fry looks ridiculous good. What a great way to use a simple household item for a great workout

  6. I can honestly say I’ve never seen an exercise that involves a sheet…now that is some creative training!

  7. Now why in the heck have I not thought of this! Bed sheet is genius! I love step-ups, you can do them anywhere & pretty much on anything :) Excellent sheet storage tip as well.
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  8. Planks and jump squats are probably the ones I do the most often, though I wouldn’t call them my “favorites” haha.
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  9. What a creative idea for a workout! I love air squats for a body weight exercise!

  10. This is seriously SO genius! I have been trying to figure out an at home inverted row modification. Love this!

  11. Push ups are my all time favorite! I LOVE body weight workouts. Don’t get me wrong, I love weights too, but really for functional strength training, you really just need your body weight. Great trick for inverted row!
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  12. A sheet!!! Very creative

  13. Awesome ideas!!!

  14. Genius! Great for people who don’t have a TRX – definitely another great option. So resourceful, Paige! 😀
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  15. Love this idea! I’m working out strictly from home these days so any ideas like this are much appreciated!
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