The April Challenge Begins

“Start where you are.  Use what you have.  Do what you can”  ~ Arthur Ashe

April Challenge  – Day 1

Below please find the first workout of our challenge!   I’ve provided a modification (MOD) for some exercises that are at a high level of difficulty or that may aggravate existing injuries or areas of concern.

This workout should take 10 minutes or so and is designed to hit all areas. Because the intervals are short, I encourage you to push hard with minimal rests. To round this out to a longer workout, add a 10 minute walk or run before and after the circuit.

Let’s go!

The Warm Up

  • March in place – 30 seconds
  • Jog lightly in place – 30 seconds
  • Side to side punches – 30 seconds

Repeat 1x.

The Workout

You’ll do 3 rounds of the following exercises.  Do each exercise for 30 seconds, taking very little rest between moves. 

When you’ve completed all of the exercises REPEAT the circuit 2 times so you have done a total of 3 rounds.

Sumo Squats – In a wide stance (toes pointing forward and knees in line with your toes) press your butt back, keeping your chest lifted.  Only go down as deep as you can go without leaning forward then press back up to start.

Inchworm to Star – Start standing, take your hands to the mat and walk them out into a plank, pause, then walk your hands (first left, then right) so you are in a wide or star position.  Hold for a beat then walk your left hand then your right into a regular plank.  Walk your hands back and stand up.  Repeat for the time allocated.

MOD:  1)  Walk out to a regular plank, avoid the wide stance.  2)  Hold a regular plank, skip the walk out.  3)  Bird dog – on all fours extend right arm in front and left leg straight behind you.  Switch sides. 

Superpeople – Lay face down on the ground, extend your arms in front of you.  Keeping your nose pointing to the ground lift your upper and lower body off the floor at the same time – repeat for time.

MOD:  Lift upper body/lower body – initiate from your lower back

Mountain Climbers – Start in the high plank position – elbows, shoulders and wrists all stacked in line – keep your hips low and run your legs quickly to your chest.  Keep your feet light when you touch back down and tuck your abs in tight and stay strong in your arms.

MOD:  1)  Bring your hips up slightly so you’re body forms a slight “V” shape.  2) Standing tall, bend your elbows and hold your hands palm facing the ground but above your belly button.  Quickly alternate your knees so that you bring them up high, touching your palms – keep a steady pace. 

Reach –  Lie on your back on the  floor.  Extend one leg and the opposite arm and bend the other leg placing your foot on the floor.  Using your core, come up off the floor and lift your extended arm to meet your extended leg. Keep your lower back to the mat (don’t arch) and suck your belly button in towards your spine.  After 30 seconds, switch arms and legs and repeat on the other side.

Here’s your workout log.  You have to print it out, we’re not that high tech yet.  Make a check mark, smiley face or any other indication you are doing the workouts each day.  On the weekend, circle whether you did a makeup workout, rested or did some type of active recovery (cross training, walk, hike, amble, laps, dance with the kids, etc.)

Note:  I try to be very clear with instructions but sometimes it doesn’t translate well so if you are in the middle of your workout and don’t understand how to do an exercise, simply substitute a plank or jumping jacks and email me after for clarification.  

Today is your FINAL chance to sign up for the challenge and be eligible for prizes.  You can start the challenge at any time but if you want some schwag, you gotta sign up.  Fair, right?  Email me or message me on FB.

Have fun.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

 

 

 

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