This week, we’re going to work your arms, shoulders and back until they feel like Jell-O. Ready?
A new year is upon us, friends. What a perfect time for resolutions, making positive changes and harnessing your motivation to accomplish all of your goals. Let’s make the first Be Well Workout of 2015 a good one to start your new year of health on the right foot.
This week, you have two exercises at a time. You are going to start with one rep of each exercise, then two of each, then three of each, and so on until you do 10 reps of each exercise. Challenge yourself to work hard and work fast through each set. You could even set a timer to see how long the workout takes. Then, try it again next week and beat your time.
Your workout this week is pretty straightforward. It goes like this: Complete the following circuit four times, performing the exercises below as fast as you can while keeping good form. At the end of the circuit, do a quarter-mile sprint. You can do the sprint on the treadmill, elliptical, bike, somewhere outside, or if none of those are an option, you can always do the workout without the sprint. Try not to rest for more than a minute or two between circuits; this keeps your workout efficient and your heart rate high.
Ready to burn some calories and build some muscle? You’ve come to the right place. This week’s workout goes like this: You’re going to do 10 reps of the eight exercises listed below, as fast and as hard as you can. The goal is to go through the circuit four times, working as hard on the last rep as you did on the very first one. And don’t even think about slowing down—you should be moving as quickly as you can from start to finish. Then, once you’re done with all four rounds, give yourself a big ol’ pat on the back. You totally deserve it.
Time to burn off all the mashed potatoes and stuffing (and mac and cheese, and turkey and pie), you ate last week, you guys. And we’ve got just the workout to help you do it. This week, we’re going to do an intense calorie-burning sprint workout. It’s easy to follow and can be done outside or on a treadmill.
Thanksgiving is a day filled with family, fun and indulgences galore. Do yourself a favor and carve out a little extra time for some exercise before you sit down for the big meal.
I know what you’re thinking: Who has time to work out on Thanksgiving? Well, you do — because you don’t even have to leave the house for this one. So put the turkey in the oven and let the potatoes boil, because this workout is best done in your living room.
You only need two pieces of equipment for this week’s workout, guys: A bench and a weight. You’ll be using this bench for each exercise, so pick one that’s nice and sturdy, that you can lie down on, jump up on and sweat on, problem-free. You’re going to do five rounds of the eight exercises listed below. Get ready to sweat!
This week, get ready to jump—we’re doing some plyo, people!
If you’re unfamiliar with plyometrics, also called jump training, you’re in for a treat. Plyo exercises are all about building power, speed and explosive reaction. You’ll challenge your body with short bursts of movement aimed at stretching and shortening muscles in rapid-fire succession. Serious athletes love (well, love/hate as these things go) plyo drills because they increase vertical jump, muscle strength and overall performance while helping build defenses against joint injuries. And, of course, they leave you totally breathless.
Grab a stopwatch, guys. For this week’s workout, you’re going to complete six three-minute rounds, each round with two exercises. You’ll start by doing one of each exercise in the round, then two of each exercise, then three, and so on, switching off until your stopwatch reaches three minutes. Then you’ll move on to the next round of exercises.
The goal is to keep moving until you reach the end of the six rounds—you’ll be sweaty, but it’ll be worth it. Now, set your stopwatch for three minutes and see how many reps you can squeeze in. Good luck!