Monday, February 21, 2011

20 Minute No Excuses Workout!

Hey all!
We are starting out this blog with a workout you can do anywhere - no excuses!  This workout is great if you are short on time or just not "feeling" like working out.  It will get your heart pumping and your muscles pumped.  All you need is a timer and your tennis.

20 Minute Do Anywhere Workout

Warm up with some running in place, jumping jacks or stairs.  Then perform each of the following exercises for 1 minute each.   (See below for a description of a couple exercise if you might be unfamiliar with).

Body Weight Squat
Forearm Plank
Reverse Lunges - alternating legs
Pushups - knees or toes
Tricep Dips
Jumping Jacks
Mountain Climbers

Keep a running rep count (all exercises combined)  throughout the
8 minute workout. Rest 2-3 minutes and repeat, trying to beat your
rep count "score" the second time. You will be amazed at how just
that little extra challenge (to beat your score) increases your effort in
the second round.

Exercise Descriptions:
Burpee - Begin by standing. Drop into a squat position with your hands on the ground.  Jump your feet back while lowering yourself into a pushup position (without the pushup).  Return your feet to the squat position and leap up high from the squat position with your arms overhead.
Mountain Climbers - Begin in a pushup position on your hands and toes.  Bring the right knee towards the chest, then quickly switch legs and bring the left knee to the chest, much like you were running.  Keep your back and butt down.

Let me know what you think!  

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