Happy Friday! We are so close to summer which means lounging by the pool, boating on Lake Michigan, and runs on the lake front! Days at work have been a little longer due to a busy but exciting summer season ahead, so I have to work out at home a few days a week. One of my main fitness gals, Erin Murray, is a yoga and boot camp instructor (you MUST take her bootcamp class at Yoga Six!) and taught me a few workouts perfect to do at home that help me get a good sweat in, are great for toning, and of course kick my butt. The workout below is a circuit where you go through the circuit as fast as you can for 5 minutes, 4 times, with one minute rests in between
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PLANK: 1 MINUTE HOLD
SQUAT + TWIST: 20
This one is pretty straight forward. You squat with around a 5 pound weight, and bring your knee to the weight while twisting towards your raised knee, squat, and do the other side!
PUSH UP + LOW SQUAT (10)
For this, you do a push up, jump your feet towards your hands, and bring yourself up into a very low squatting position. From there, plant your hands on the ground, jump your feet back out for another push up, and repeat.
THE DIRTY DOZEN
Start at 1, do 1 rep (in and out), do another one but this time hold your legs straight out for 1 second. Then do 2 fast reps, and then hold your legs straight out for 2 seconds, do 3 reps and hold your legs straight out for 3 seconds… and so on. One you get to 12, you bring it right back down. If it gets too hard, modify to go up to 6! Sounds like death right? I believe in you.
HIGH PLANK TO LOW PLANK: 15
Start by doing an elbow plank, and then rise up, one arm at a time, to a high plank. Then you will lower one arm back down at a time, and repeat.
STRETCH STRETCH STRETCH.
This is imperative to your success. Touch your toes, do some twists to open up your hip flexers, and stretch your inner thighs by bending into one leg while keeping the other straight. Do your body a favor and stretch for at least 10 minutes after your workout. This is not a drill.
What are you doing in preparation for summer? Hustle hustle hustle to get your workouts in!
Photography by Brittany Benson