Whole Body Exercise
After my warm up I like to do a whole body exercise to help continue the warming up process in my body. A whole body exercise would be any exercise that uses most of the big muscles in your body. For example, a lunge and bicep curl or a squat and overhead press.
One of my favorite whole body exercises to start with is a squat and overhead press. The squat works my whole leg area and my core while the overhead press strengthens my shoulders and upper body. Doing two exercises together burns more calories, makes your exercise more challenging, and saves times. Triple score.
Upper Body Exercise
Next, I like to incorporate a separate upper body exercise. I do not always do this, but I really do like to whenever I can. I do this because it can be harder to find upper body exercises that cover all your muscles at once. The pushup and variations of the push are a great exercise for targeting most of your upper body muscles, but not everyone likes doing pushups.
I always try to make sure I include an overhead tricep extension in my upper body exercises. The overhead tricep extension is hard to pair with other lower body exercises so it becomes more of a stand alone move. I love this exercise because it really targets my triceps and also works on my shoulder flexibility as I have to keep my shoulders down and in place while I extend my arms and bring them back behind my head. It’s one of my favs!
Abs are the muscle group everyone wants to work on and probably works on the most. The way I like to do ab exercises are slow with control. You will find you get a much better ab workout this way and it is much safer.
Some of my favorite ab exercises are the standard crunch, bicycle abs, leg lowers, and planks! Yes, I said planks. All of these exercises are great for your abs if you do them slowly with control. Any exercise done quickly with no control is not only dangerous, but also is very ineffective. So remember, quality over quantity. Don’t do fast abs!
Last but not least, cardio! Cardio is the last type of exercise I do before starting the circuit over again. By adding cardio into my weight workout I create a circuit workout that is also an interval workout since my heart rate is spiking up at different times in the routine.
Some of my favorite cardio moves are mountain climbers, burpees, butt kicks, and jabs. These exercises are all whole body movements that get your heart rate up fast! This will probably be the hardest part of your workout but it is also one of the most encouraging parts as you will be able to really measure your progress week after week when you find yourself panting less every time you do a burpee.
I like to do each section of this workout for 2 minutes each before going onto the next exercise. That would mean 2 minutes of my squat and press, 2 minutes of tricep extensions, 2 minutes of abs, 2 minutes of cardio and then repeat. I like to try to do my circuit 3 times through using different exercises each time around. That would be a total of 24 minutes and 12 different exercises.