Buenos Dias mis amigos!
Happy Cinco de Mayo. Something tells me Taco Tuesday is going to be a little rowdier than usual tonight.
I’ve got a fun new workout to share with you guys today, and it’s a quick one too so you might be able to fit it in before you start pouring the margaritas tonight. I don’t think the gym is going to be very busy tomorrow morning, but that’s just a guess.
This workout is a pyramid workout, so you’ll complete 10 reps of each exercise in the first set, 9 reps of each in the second, 8 reps of each in the third and so on down to 1 rep of each exercise. In total, you’ll be doing 55 reps of each exercise which sounds like a lot but it’s totally doable. And the whole thing should only take you about 15 minutes. Short and sweet!
Full squats – Starting with feet shoulder-width apart, bend your knees and lower into a sitting position with your butt reaching back, and chest lifted. Your knees should be in line with your second and third toes, and not extend forward past the tips of your toes.
Mountain climbers – Starting in a pushup position, bend your right knee in toward your chest and return to pushup position. Repeat with your left leg to complete one repetition. Start slowly, but try to build speed to the point where the motion feels more like a hop from leg to leg.
Forward lunges – Starting with the right leg, hands on hips, lunge forward (making sure your knee doesn’t go past your toes) and return to standing. Repeat on the left leg. That’s one repetition.
Spider climbers – These probably have an actual name, but I like “spider climbers” because they’re similar to mountain climbers. The only real difference is the rotation of the leg, but they target the external obliques. Starting in a pushup position, bend your right leg, bringing your knee to touch the outside of your right elbow. Return to pushup position and repeat with the left leg. That’s one repetition.
Deadlifts – Stand with feet shoulders-width apart and pointing straight ahead. Holding your weight of choice with straight arms, bend at the waist to lower to weight to the ground, maintaining a flat back the entire time. Squeeze your glutes (butt) to return to a standing position.
I’ve got a busy day ahead, so I better get going. Let me know if you try the workout!