Sometimes you don’t want to work out indoors. And you most definitely don’t want to be in a dirty old gym. So what if you could just take your workout outside, and get fit in the great outdoors? Well actually you can, providing you select the right equipment.…
Fact: staying fit (or getting fit) does not have to be expensive or complicated. I know that’s hard to believe, what with all the yoga-barre-alates classes and one-on-one personal training sessions that everyone on Instagram seems to be doing, but it’s true. Don’t get me wrong, that stuff has its place (full disclosure, I am a Pilates-addicted personal trainer) but my point is that you don’t NEED a lot of money or a complex training routine to stay fit. A few key pieces of equipment, plus your own bodyweight, is more than enough to get you on your way….
In case you missed the extreme happiness over on Instagram about a month ago, I got engaged to the actual best human on the face of the earth. I know what you’re thinking; how lucky am I to have even MET the actual best human on earth, let alone to have convinced him to marry me?! Anyway, in order to lock him down before he changes his mind, we’re getting married this year. Well, to be specific… once this year in Sydney, and again next year in India (I’m locking him down twice guys; better safe than sorry)….
Ever get close to the end of your workout and really just feel like you need to totally annihilate yourself before the session is done? Boy I hope so, or else this opening paragraph is just going to sound masochistic.
Truth is, I don’t do HIIT sessions very often at the moment… so when I do, I want to really feel like I’m taking myself close to breaking point. Personally, I find that the best way to do this is to have a bunch of 5 minute workout finishers up my sleeve that I can call on when I really need to take things next level.
Here are five of my faves; grab a stopwatch and get to it!
FOR CARDIO (you’ll need a skipping rope)
50 seconds work – 10 seconds rest/changeover
1. High knees
2. Squat jumps
3. 20m shuttle run
5. Chest-to-ground burpees
FOR LOWER BODY
1. 15 squats
2. 15 pulsing squats
3. 15 squat jumps
4. 15 drop squats
5. 15-second squat hold
6. 15-second rest
Repeat until time is up
FOR UPPER BODY (you’ll need a set of 1-3kg dumbbells)
20 seconds work – 10 seconds rest
1. Forward punching
2. Vertical punching
3. Lateral straight arm circles
4. Reverse the circles
5. Lateral raises
1. 20 crunches
2. 20 bicycle
3. 10 double leg lowers
4. 50 mountain climbers
Repeat until time is up
FOR TOTAL BODY HELL
1. Maximum burpees reps in five minutes.
Looking for something a little different? Try one of these instead.
So, you snoozed the alarm and missed your spin session again? Oops. In your defense though, it is cold, your doona is toasty warm and you know what? I’m not here to judge.…
The BOSU ball is right up there with my favourite pieces of equipment, but due to its kind-of-annoying size and shape I don’t get to pull it out and play with it very often (seriously, try squeezing it plus kettlebells, mats, medicine balls and battle ropes into the boot of your car sometime)….
Most of us don’t make the most of our workout time, whether we like to admit it to ourselves or not. Maybe we don’t go in with a clear plan, maybe the gym is too crowded, maybe someone else is using the equipment we need… plenty of factors can impact the quality of our sessions….
So you work out, but you’d like to give your derriere and the rest of the powerhouse that is your lower body a little extra attention, huh? Well then, have I got the thing for you! Forget the boring old squat challenge, my 28-Day Lower Body Challenge is free (of course), simple to follow, won’t chew into your time too much and – most importantly – it’ll get you results! …
Let’s be honest, December is not the best time of year for our health. With Christmas parties on every other night and many bootcamps beginning to wind down for the year, the ratio of good food and exercise to wine and hangover food starts to seesaw rapidly in the wrong direction….