It isn't very often that the majority of us take time to appreciate the things our body does for us each and every day. It takes us where we are going and allows to perform some pretty incredible tasks! Don't you think it is time you appreciated your body by treating it to a powerful, top to bottom, workout?
The following workout, designed for Women's Health, is high-intensity and will challenge you, boosting your resting metabolism and toning muscle. When you are done, you will feel the endorphin rush and know you've done something good for yourself! Who doesn't like that?
Thank your body with this workout and it will thank you with amazing results!
Exercise 1: BARBELL FRONT SQUAT TO PUSH PRESS
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, and hold a barbell with an overhand grip in front of your shoulders with your elbows forward and your upper arms parallel to the floor (A)
. Bend your knees, extend your hips back, and lower your hips towards the floor until the tops of your thighs are parallel to the ground (B)
. Keeping your back straight, drive into your heels, and return to standing, driving the barbell directly over your shoulders (C)
. Lower the bar back to its starting position at the front of your shoulders. That’s one rep. Do 10 reps.
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Exercise 2: CHINUP
Place your hands shoulder-width apart with an underhand grip on a chinup bar, and allow your arms to fully extend (A)
. Cross your ankles, and bring your feet toward your butt. Pulling from your back muscles, lead with your chest as you pull upward. Lift up until the bar is near your collarbone and your chin is over the bar (B)
. Slowly lower yourself back down until your arms are fully straightened. That’s one rep. Complete as many as you can.
Exercise 3: SPRINTS
Hop on a treadmill, and begin jogging at a comfortable pace between 5.5 and 7 mph for one minute. Then, increase your speed to 8 mph for one minute. That's one rep; do three reps.
Exercise 4: BARBELL DEADLIFT
Stand with your feet shoulder-distance apart, and place a barbell over your feet. Bend your knees, reach your hips back, grasp the bar, and drive into your heels (A)
. Keeping your chest up, back flat, and your arms straight, stand all the way up with the bar against your upper thighs (B)
. Bend your knees, reach your hips back, and return to the starting position. That’s one rep. Do 15 reps.
Exercise 5: BARBELL LUNGE
Stand with a barbell across your shoulders, holding with an overhand grip wider than your shoulders (A)
. Take a very large step forward with your left leg, and lower your hips straight down while keeping your chest up. Lower until your left thigh is parallel to the ground. Press upward, and drive into your left heel to return to the starting position. That’s one rep. Do 10 on each side.
What do you think? Is this a routine you can add to your repertoire?
Source: Women's Health