Happy Wednesday everyone!
It is a gorgeous day out today and spring is right around the corner. That also means summer is not too far away which gives a lot ofpeople extra motivation to tone up for the sleeveless season!
I wanted to share a couple of exercises I really enjoy doing when I am crunched for time.
I normally enjoy lifting heavy weights with a barbell but that also requires a lot of resting in between sets. If you do not have time to get to a gym and want to burn the most calories in the least amount of time, I highly recommend trying jump squats and split jumps. I will post a link below so you can see the exercises.
These two exercises require no equipment and can be done anywhere, anytime.
Squat jumps and split jumps are not for everyone though. If you are just starting to exercise, have injuries or do not feel comfortable jumping off of the ground, start with body weight squats and reverse lunges.
The warm up is simple too - Start off by squatting in place, no weights required. You can stretch your thigh muscles out by doing walking leg swings, walking knee hugs and walking butt kicks. Warm up until you feel ready to go.
Because jumping is a high intense movement, you usually will be fatigued after just a couple of sets of each exercise. I typically will do 30 second sets, so a total of 2 minutes of work, not including the resting in between sets.
These exercises are used by elite athletes and anyone willing to do them to increase lower body strength and power. Side effects will also include decreased body fat and an increase in workout endurance!
I recommend stretching all of the lower body muscles statically (a stretch that you hold in place) for 30 seconds or longer after you complete the workout.