When I was thinking about what to call this workout, I remembered the movie Burn After Reading where Brad Pitt was playing a guy who worked in one of those corporate super gym chains. He looked and acted so funny in this movie that I decided to name this workout “hard bodies” after the name of the gym where he worked in the movie. We also really need your help – it’s getting to the point where it’s becoming a challenge to come up with an original name for each workout :) We don’t want to name our videos something boring or lame like “lower body workout” – we like the less traditional kick ass names like “fast death” – you get the idea. Please give us your ideas for cool workout names – don’t be shy – the wilder and crazier the better.
I felt like I had to take a day off yesterday, but today I hit it again hard with a great workout and some new exercises. I would like to give a shout out to TheUndergroundLab video that is on YouTube. There is a girl who is doing all kinds of great exercises and some of them I have never seen before – they really inspired me. The jump from the knees to jump tuck exercise seemed to be some kind of impossible move when I first saw her doing it. I was sitting in front of my computer wearing jeans, but I had to try it immediately so I went down on the floor to give it a try. It wasn’t easy, but I did it and it was incredible. I know you will laugh, but I felt like a ninja :) The second exercise that was new to me is the Dynamic Push Up which I find to be a lot more fun than the regular push ups – it’s also a little bit harder. One Arm, One Leg Bridge requires a lot of balance and agility. Today was also the first time I tried One Leg Burpees. Why didn’t I think of this exercise before? It is amazing exercise and 5 reps on each leg were just enough.
I completed this workout in 22 minutes and 13 seconds. There are 5 rounds of the five following exercises:
1. Ninja Jumps – 5 reps
Start on your knees. I prefer to kneel on my exercise mat. Get ready to force your body up into. It is a dynamic movement and you will have to engage every muscle in your body.
Jump up and land on your feet into a squat. As soon as you land, jump up again and tuck your knees in. This counts as 1 rep. Complete 5 reps of Ninja Jumps.
2. Elevated Bridge Leg Lift – 10 reps on each leg
Lay on your back and put the heels of your feet up on a chair. Lift your hips up to get your body in a line. Lift one of your extended legs up with your toes pointed and knee locked. Drive the leg as far as your flexibility allows you. Do 10 reps on each leg.
3. Dynamic Push Ups – 5 reps
Start in a plank position with your body completely rigid.
Drop down to get your chest as close to the ground as possible while jumping with your feet wide apart. Immediately push up jumping your feet back together. This counts as 1 rep. Complete 5 reps of Dynamic Push Ups.
4. One Arm, One Leg Bridge – 20 reps total
Lay on your back with one knee bend. Sit up and push off of the standing foot while supporting yourself with your arm on the same side and push your hips up. This counts as 1 rep. Complete 20 reps total by switching the sides after each rep.
5. One Leg Burpees – 5 reps on each leg
Start by standing on one leg. Bent over and place your hands on the floor in front of you. Jump with your foot back into a one leg plank position. Jump with your foot forward towards your hands and then jump up reaching with your arms towards the sky. This counts as 1 rep. Compete 5 reps of One Leg Burpees on each leg.
Enjoy this workout and try to beat my time ;)