Spring-ing into Fitness

No-equipment-needed workouts are a quick way to build muscle and improve athletic performance including speed and power. Add a jumping element (or Spring for the season of Spring) —makes your moves plyometric— and is an easy modification to elevate your at home routine to a whole new level.

Here’s the workout I shared this morning on CH Morning Live. Check it out below or watch it HERE.

Consider grouping the five moves together for a 5-minute circuit and sneak it in as many times as possible during the day.

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Squat Jumps

Standing with feet hip-width apart, keep your weight back on your heels and lower down into your squat. Arms reach down towards the floor as you lower down. As you raise up from your squat, extend your arms above your head, jumping off both feet and returning to repeat again.

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Reverse Lunge with Knee Lift

Stand with feet hip-width apart and step your right foot back, coming into a low lunge. Shift all of your weight to your left foot, and bring your right foot forward, lifting your knee towards your chest, and simultaneously jumping off your left foot. Land softly on your left foot, and immediately step back into a low lunge to repeat.

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Box Jump

Fire up your calves by jumping in a square shape around an imaginary box. Begin by balancing on the right foot with a slightly bent knee. Keeping your arms loose at your side to help with balance, hop to the right, landing on only your right foot. Staying on the same leg, hop to the left, then hop forward, and then back. Switch legs and reverse the direction. Focus on quick, small jumps. Consider trying on two feet when just getting started.

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Plank Jacks

From a high plank on your toes, jump both feet out and in while keeping your shoulders stacked about your hips and core stable. To decrease the challenge, perform a step touch with each foot reaching it out to the left and back center before repeating with the right.

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Plank to Squat

From a high plank position, jump feet forward into a wide squat and bring hands off the ground in front of your chest. Pause for a second, then place hands on the ground and jump feet back into a high plank position. Repeat as quickly as possible.

Restart Your Workout

January 1st has come and gone, but every day, week, month is a fresh start to examine or re-examine those goals and get moving.  Here are four full-body moves that are equipment free, and can happen in minimal-space wherever you are.

Consider grouping the four moves together for a 4-minute circuit and sneak it in as many times as possible during the day.

Check out as I shared on CH Morning Live on Tuesday January 16th. Watch the segment here.

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1. Four Step Squat: Start in a narrow squat with feet under your hips. Sit back into a squat position with knees above the ankles, and your body weight on your heels. Return to standing and step your feet just wider then hip distance apart and repeat the squat. Return to stand and repeat to more times, each time steeping your feet out wider until you are in a wide plie squat. Return to standing and repeat all four on the other side.

2. Plank Walk Out: Start standing with the feet shoulder width apart and arms hanging down to the sides of the body. Slightly bend the knees and bend over and placing the hands shoulder width apart on the floor, so your body is in the shape of an inverted V. Walk forward four steps forward with your hands until you reach a plank position. Walk hands back in towards your feet and return to stand.

3. Alternating Shoulder Tap and Hinge: On the knees or toes, maintain a balance and stable hip position while touching the opposite hand to shoulder. Next hinge at the waist reaching your right hand towards your left ankle, return to plank, then hinge reaching your left hand towards your right ankle. Alternate touching shoulder, shoulder, ankle, ankle. To decrease the challenge, increase the distance between the knees widening your base of support.

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4. Marching Hip Raise: Lie face-up on the floor with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Raise your hips so your body forms a straight line from your shoulders to your knees. Lift one knee to your chest, lower back to the start, and lift your other knee to your chest. Continue to alternate back and forth and to make it harder, lift those hands up and decrease your base of support.

New Year’s Repeat Workout

The new year is a great time to reset or restart your workout routine. Maybe you want it give it a small makeover by adding  few challenging moves, or maybe it requires a core shaking revival, either way these 5 moves will give you a total body workout in your own house, no equipment needed!

Program:

The below program is for Total Reps: Perform as many reps as you can of each move in one minute each, moving from one exercise to the next without stopping. Rest one minute, then repeat the sequence two or three more times – or during the day whenever you have five minutes! Keep track of your total rep count and try to beat your grand total next time.

Don’t want to read below? Watch me in a recording of the 5.5 minute segment here.

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Exercises

1. Clock Lunge: Standing with feet hip distance apart, step  forward in to a standing split position and slowly lower your body until your front knee is bent to at least 90 degrees. Pause and then return to standing. Using the same leg, step wide into a side lunge and slowly lower until your right knee is bent is bent to at least 90 degrees. Pause and then return to standing.Finally step backwards with the right leg and slowly lower your body until your front knee is bent to at least 90 degrees. Pause and then return to standing. Those three movements are one set. Repeat on the other side.

2. Plank Walk Out: Start standing with the feet shoulder width apart and arms hanging down to the sides of the body. Slightly bend the knees and bend over and placing the hands shoulder width apart on the floor, so your body is in the shape of an inverted V. Walk forward four steps forward with your hands until you reach a plank position. Walk hands back in towards your feet and return to stand.

3. Mountain Climbers: Get into a high plank position with hands directly under shoulders. One leg at a time, march or jog, bringing your knees towards your chest.

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4. Plank Jacks: From a plank position on your toes, jump both feet wide and then return both feet narrow together. To decrease the challenge alternate a toe tap away from the center line of the body one foot at a time.

5. Alternating Shoulder Tap: On the knees or toes, maintain a balance and stable hip position while touching the opposite hand to shoulder. To decrease the challenge, increase the distance between the knees widening your base of support.