Here's workout #1! I thought it would be something fun to do for my readers (all 5 of you haha). These are meant to be done circuit style 3 times a week, with a day of rest in between. For each exercise, if you are a beginner, I would recommend 1 set of 8-10 reps for your first time. Beginners: choose light weights for the first week and then challenge yourself a little more next week. For intermediate/advanced gymgoers, I would do 3 sets of each exercise with 10-12 reps. Rest for 15-30 seconds in between sets, until you're ready to go again.
Combine with cardio of your choice 4-6 days per week. 20 minutes if you're a beginner, 30-60 minutes for int/adv.Almost all of the following exercises are compound exercises meaning that they work more than one muscle group at a time. This means a shorter, more intense and more effective workout! And more time to shop ;)
Remember to honor your body and your injuries. If something is injured or bothering you, don't work it out!!! You won't get to enjoy your superfit bod from a hospital bed. Be smart!!!
So here it is, Circuit #1:
1. Bent-Over Row and Kickback
It works: Latimus Dorsi (Back) and Triceps
2. Plie and Bicep Curl (I would reduce the amount of sets of this one to 1 or 2 since the following exercise works similar muscle groups)
What it works: Biceps, Inner thighs, Glutes (booty) and Quads (top of thighs)
3. Ballerina Plie
What it works: Quads, Inner thighs, Glutes (booty) and Calves
4. Chest Flye and Reverse Crunch
This works: Chest and Abdominals
Keep your weights from touching the floor and try to keep your legs at the same angle they were at on the ground and crunch your abs. As you gently bring your feet back down, bring the weights back together and squeeze your pectorals (chest).
5. Lunge and Lateral Raise
This works: Quads and Shoulders
6. Oblique Crunch with Dumbell
Works obliques (sides of your abs)
7. Swimming back extension
Works: Lower back (erector spinae) and the backs of your shoulders (rear deltoids)
Well there ya go! I hope everyone likes this new addition to the blog :) I would love any feedback! Just print it out and take it with you to the gym--- I'll be posting new workouts every two weeks.