Chris’ Classic Exercise Guide for Spring

April 16, 2015

Is your time limited but you want to exercise? Are you trying to figure out a new and quick exercise routine or tired of your old one? Do you want an exercise program that works many large muscle groups at the same time? If so, then give these exercises a try…

Push-ups:
The push-up might seem old school, but it is a great exercise. Push-ups focus on the chest, triceps and core. The great thing about push-ups is that there are a variety of ways to do them.

Squats:
Squats primarily focus on strengthening the legs. These muscles include the hips, hamstrings, and quadriceps. If you decide use some weights to add resistance to your squats, you can also strengthen the arms and other core muscles simultaneously.

Lunges:
This exercise is a little more challenging than the squats, so make sure you are strong enough for this one. Another benefit to this exercise is that it can be done in a variety of ways and, as such, it is easy to make them harder or easier depending on your fitness level. Lunges focus on strengthening the quadriceps, gluteals (buttock muscles), and hamstrings.

Pike Roll-outs on a Physioball:
This is not for an individual starting to workout for the first time. Pike roll-outs focus on strengthening the core musculature. To do this exercise, get into a push-up position with your knees on the ball. Now use your core muscles to raise your hips toward the ceiling. Go as high as you can and slowly lower yourself back to the starting position.

Burpees:
I know burpees have a funny name but they are a very effective exercise to hit a lot of large muscle groups. Start in a standing position. Squat down to the floor and put your hands on the floor. Kick both legs out straight behind you and do a push-up. Tuck your feet back under you and jump up.

I hope these exercises can help boost your workout routine and make it a more effective and efficient endeavor. Remember, the most important aspect of working out is using correct form and technique so you do not injure yourself in the process. If you have questions or want some demonstrations, give us a call or stop in to see us!

Have a great spring!

Chris

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