6 Workouts for Anywhere
Step by Step Instruction
Finding a good time and place to work out can be hard work, sometimes harder than the workout itself! Most likely working out triggers thoughts of a gym, weights, and protein shakes. Well, a number of years ago I read an article on surfing legend Laird Hamilton. I was impressed at his creative workout routines. From under water running using rocks as weights to holding the perfect plank he turned any natural surrounding into the perfect gym opportunity.
Workouts for Anywhere
Hindu Squat Countdown
Perform a squat, sinking as low as possible with your chest up, so your fingertips brush the ground. Explode up as you raise arms in front of you, and immediately squat back down. Start with 20 reps, then do 15, then 10, then five, resting 10 seconds between each bout. The squat strengthens the quads (which helps injury-proof your knees), while this rep scheme instantly raises your heart rate.
Isolation exercises like wall sits and planks build muscle strength and improve balance. Paired together, they create a two-move total-body workout. Start by holding a wall sit for 30 seconds, thighs as close to parallel with the floor as you can get. Then hold a plank for 30 seconds, hips raised and back flat. Repeat for five minutes.
This combo is a grind, but when it’s over, you’ll feel like you got more cardio than being on a machine for an hour. Use these four exercises: burpees, jumping jacks, mountain climbers, and sprinting in place. Do each for one minute, all-out, resting 15 seconds in between.
The below 12 Count Burpee Madness Step-by-Step Guide can be done almost anywhere. Try them out and see what you think. They are a great full body endurance workout. Once you get comfortable with Level 1, see if you can achieve Level 2 and continue from there!
Complete Body-Weight Circuit
This hybrid of strength work and cardio will leave you breathless. Start with 10 jumping lunges, exploding up to switch legs in midair. Then get into pushup position with your thumbs and forefingers creating a triangle shape; do 10 pushups. (Triangle pushups better work your triceps.) Last, do 10 bicycle crunches, tapping your elbow to your opposite knee each time. Repeat the circuit as many times as you can in five minutes. Good luck.