In Need of an Afternoon Pick Me Up?
This workout felt really good after, but it took a lot for me to get myself through it. I am very fatigued today, and for the past few days it has felt like 80% of my muscles have been sore. And the best way to deal with soreness is to keep moving so that you keep blood flowing throughout your body and to and away from the soreness, but today I really wanted to just lie down instead. But after lying in bed for a little longer than usual, I felt even more sore, so I got up and as always changed into my first outfit of the day: my workout clothes, and used my foam roller to roll out my back and obliques. It really helped so much to spend a few minutes on that and I felt that relieve some of the tension that was exacerbating the soreness I felt. After this (and some coffee) I was finally ready to work out. Not every workout is going to be amazing, some days you are going to feel weaker or more tired; that's life, that's normal. But you just have to keep moving forward. There's still so many other things you make yourself do even when you feel that way, why should working out be any different? Simple, it shouldn't be. And it doesn't have to be, today's workout is less than 10 minutes long. No excuses, it's over before you even have a chance to remember that you really felt like napping...
2 rounds took me just under 9 minutes.
20 kettlebell swings
10 burpees (with pushup)
10 one arm swings (on each arm)
20 figure 8 squats
Round 2 (cut the reps in half):
10 kettlebell swings
5 burpees (with pushup)
5 one arm swings (on each arm)
10 figure 8 squats
Note: I neglected to demonstrate how to do the figure 8 squats in my breakdown at the beginning of the video. Hopefully upon viewing the workout you can easily enough figure out the way in which they are to be practiced. Sorry for any inconvenience! I'll definitely be more careful about not overlooking exercises in the future. But for the figure 8 squats you squat down with the kettlebell in your right hand, bring it between your legs and underneath the left thigh, grabbing it with your left hand; move the kettlebell in your left hand around the outside of your thigh until you bring it between your legs again, and this time pass the kettlebell underneath your right thigh and into your right hand; repeat. The way the kettlebell weaves around and underneath each leg mimics a "figure 8" shape. If this makes no sense I apologize, I explain it during the workout in the video. Try it out with me!
I hope you feel as energized as I do after completing this workout. And again, modify as you need to. If you don't have a kettlebell, use a dumbbell or just do a higher number of reps of squats to work on the same muscle groups. And if you think working out with the kettlebell looks kind of cool or fun and you're considering getting one, I highly recommend doing so, you won't regret it. Just don't get too heavy of a weight to start with if you're a beginner, but if you're more intermediate don't be afraid to get a 25 pound one or even heavier! Challenge yourself, but be safe, don't go too crazy. Know your limits. Your strength will always be improving, don't rush yourself to get there and risk hurting yourself in the process.
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