Happy February! All month long we want to challenge you to be the best version of yourself. This is not a typical challenge for you to keep your resolutions, but a challenge to be the best version of you; to have fun with your friends or to try new things. We are kicking it off with today’s #WorkoutWednesday by challenging you to invite your friends to come workout with you. I put together this circuit for my Panther Power class that you can do at home or at the gym. Grab your friends and get moving!
All you will need are some dumbbells, a step, and a resistance loop! I included some extra equipment for your circuit if you want to kick it up a notch 🙂
Perform each exercise for 1 minute each (10 minutes total). Keep a running clock as you switch from station to station. Repeat 2-3x!
1. Hammer Curl + Shoulder Press
Grab a pair of dumbbells then keeping your palms facing each other, bend at the elbow to curl the weights then press up and together over head. Lower back to your shoulders then down back by your side.
2. Mountain Climbers
Start in a high plank position (shoulders over hands, core tight) then pick one leg up and bring your knee to your chest. Step back out and switch sides. Add a little more speed or a hop to increase the intensity.
Start standing with feet shoulder width apart. Bend at the hips then knees while keeping your weight in your heels making sure your knees stay behind your toes. Press back up through your heels to standing. Get an extra challenge by holding a kettlebell or weights.
4. Bent Over Row + Tricep Kickback
Start standing with feet hip-width apart with weights in hand; bend slightly at the knees then hinge forward at the hips making sure your back is flat and core is tight (like a plank). Palms face each other as you squeeze your shoulder blades together pulling the weights up, pause in that top position then extend your elbows fully to work the triceps. Bend the elbows then lower the weight to return to start position.
5. Wall Sit
Back against the wall with your feet out in front of you. Slide down on the wall so it looks like you are sitting in a chair (hips and knees at 90*). Keep the knees over the ankle, press your hips back into the wall, and hold.
Forearms flat on the ground, shoulders over elbows, toes on the ground. Hips come up while core is braced, quads and glutes are tight and you are looking ahead on the ground. Hold it strong! Extra challenge: Try a high plank on a BOSU ball!
7. Reverse Lunges
Start standing with feet together, take a big step back with one leg then find your balance. Keeping your weight in the heel of your front foot, bend both knees then press up through that heel and step back together. Alternate sides! For an added challenge, hold a pair of dumbbells!
8. Step Ups
Find a step or plyo box then keep those feet moving! Try step ups with a knee drive, fast feet like you’re running stairs, box jumps, etc.
9. Russian Twists
On the floor, start in a V-sit with knees bent leaning back slightly and brace your core. Holding a weight or medicine ball in your hands, twist side to side reaching the weight to the ground. For an extra challenge, pick your feet up off the ground!
10. Side Steps
For this one you will need a resistance loop (aka booty band) around your ankles. Start in an athletic stance with knees and hips slightly bent. Step to the side making sure to stabilize that lead leg then step your second foot over making sure there is tension on the band. For extra tension, bring the band up over your knees.
Let’s kick off February with a bang! Share with us when you finish your workout on Facebook or Instagram @burpeesandbordeaux 🙂