Another drizzly day yesterday, similar to the one which inspired the Hanging Gardens of Babylon Workout some weeks ago. Which the participants really seemed to enjoy - one even requested "more workouts like that one!" For whatever reason, my group seems to like circuit workouts that require them to move through a few different "stations" We bring out a large assortment of , a big piece of indoor-outdoor carpet (thanks, Costco!), a (which is great for a mixed level group like mine, everyone can make the necessary adjustments by varying their angle, foot position, etc. quickly). Since my participants seem to lose their short term memory quickly (things get intense, what can I say? quotes like "omg I can feel the fat burning off of me right now aaaaa!" are often heard.) I decided to write the exercises on these bright yellow notecards which also denoted each station. Amusingly enough, it didn't seem to help much - but what can I say, we're an intense group and I suspect SOME of them ask an extra question or two to get a few more precious seconds of rest. (I've been onto you for a couple months, guys.... sorry.) Enough babbling.
Grab your usualand if you wish, one heavier and one lighter than usual to scale up or down as needed. Also necessary, your Timer or a stopwatch, and if you've got it - a Suspension (alternative exercises are included below)
Warm up with Joint Mobility and a few swings - 10-20 with your moderate.
First Circuit - spend 1 minute at each station, SAFELY doing your best - stop and rest when your exercise form begins to suffer. Walk around and keep moving! You have 15 seconds to switch between stations, so stay alert.
- Swings - your choice of 1 or 2 handed variety
- Power Pull exercise* or if no is available, Try a side plank, 30 seconds on each side
- Renegade Rows (minus the ) keeping body "square" and not twisting to compensate.
Repeat this circuit 2-3 times depending on your abilities and time available then.... move on to circuit 2!
Again, 1 minute at each "station" and with 15 seconds to switch.
- Choice of Chest , or Flyes - if no is available, do your best push ups
- Squats- your choice - squats or front squats
- Russian Twist
Repeat this circuit 2-3 times again depending on your ability and available time.
Cool down with some mindfulpractice (light or no weight if you wish) and .
Always remember to manage your fatigue by continuing to move around during the rest periods, as always, take extra rest if you need it.
*If performed correctly this is such a great almost full body exercise - and its REALLY FUN to do for some reason.