Happy Wednesday, everyone! This week’s workout will target your total body in just 5 easy moves. I took our workout to the front steps of my house to kick it up a notch. Using stairs is a great way to add a vertical challenge for your workout. A step can also modify the intensity of an exercise to make it easier or more challenging depending on your fitness level.
Try these 5 moves for sets of 20 reps. Repeat 2-3 times through for a challenging, total body strength training routine.
1. Bulgarian Split Squats
Start with one foot up on a step and the other out in front. Bend both knees, keeping your torso upright and abs tight. Push back up to starting position. Complete 20 reps on one side before switching to the other.
2. Push Ups
Start with shoulders positioned over hands and brace your core. Lower your body, leading with your chest and bending at the elbows. Push yourself back up to the starting position. **To increase the intensity, put your feet on the step and hands on the ground (see exercise #5).
3. Step Ups w/ Knee Up
Start with one foot on the ground and one foot up on the step. Drive the bottom foot up, bring your knee towards your chest, then return that foot to the ground. **To increase the intensity, step up 2 stairs at a time.
4. Tricep Dips
Begin with your hands on the step, straight arms, then walk your feet out keeping your weight shifted in your arms. Bending at the elbow, lower your body weight down then push back up to the starting position.
5. Decline Mountain Climbers
Set yourself up in a high plank position with shoulders over the hands, core braced and feet up on the step. Drive one knee up to your chest then back to the step. Alternate left and right. **To decrease the intensity, place feet on the ground and hand on the step (see exercise #2).
Now head outside, enjoy the sunshine, and invite the neighbors over for a workout!
Catch ya later,