The world is obsessed with butts.
To be fair, butts (or glutes, as would be a more anatomically correct name for them) are a pretty impressive little piece of machinery, putting in the hard yards to keep us moving day in and day out. Running, jumping, walking, swimming, lifting, pushing… whatever movement you’re doing, chances are that your glutes are involved. So it almost goes without saying that if you want glutes with maximum functionality (that also look great in a pair of jeans) then you need some squats in your life….
Two years ago I put together the first of my online fitness challenges. It was called the 28-Day Abs Challenge, and to this day it remains one of the most popular things on the LGF website. The only thing is that it’s now a little… clunky. It ran over four weeks, as six separate posts and, well, it’s just not exactly the most user-friendly thing out there. And what does that mean? Well Team, it’s just had a makeover….
Not many things remind me of being a kid quite like skipping. As far as memories-everyone-can-relate-to go, I would put it right up there on the same level as the Home Ice Cream van, Art Attack and coloured zinc cream. Maybe that’s why I don’t find skipping to be too much of a chore… even when I’m whipping myself around the ankles and swearing
loudly under my breath, I can’t stop grinning….
So I’ve started to get into Masterchef this year and it’s become a bit of an addiction – I find myself watching it whenever I make it home in time (ok full disclosure: I’ve been known to stream it on my phone too). You know what’s not so addictive though? The ad breaks! They are slowly killing me. I have come to the realisation that Masterchef is actually 33% ad breaks, 33% contestant sob stories and 34% cooking. Now I’m all for 67% of the production decisions, but you can keep your ad breaks thank you very much. Amirite? I’m going to assume you gave me a little ‘hell yes!’ there, even if it was just in your head….
So I was just flicking back through my last few posts (I know, I know, I’m an egomaniac) and I noticed that it’s been a really long time since I’ve posted a workout – let alone a HIIT workout – on here. Kind of awkward, given that it’s a fitness blog, right?
Fridays are for fun, right? And although some of us (me! me!) would consider a 45-minute gym session fun, I’m willing to accept that not everyone feels the same. So… what to do when you want to do something, but not that. When you want it to be short, sweet and to the point? A 15-minute HIIT workout of course!…
Exercise doesn’t have to be expensive. It doesn’t have to mean gym memberships and personal trainers or fancy home gyms. What it does require is a little imagination. If you open your eyes to the world around you, you’ll see myriad opportunities to take advantage of your surroundings. It might be the playground at your child’s school, the park down the end of your street or the stairs to your apartment block. Or – as was the case during my trip home over Christmas – it could be the boat ramp and rowing club in town….
Days/Times: Monday, Wednesday, Friday @ 6am
What is it: Bodyweight (Mon), strength (Wed) and boxing/HIIT/running (Fri)
Location: Waverley Park, Bondi
What’s included: 8 weeks of training (24 sessions), access to Facebook group + gift bag
Cost: $400 + single $25 payment for LGF singlet…
Unless you’ve been living under a really boring rock, you’ll know that the very excellent, very simple and very F-U-N #LGF10aDay Challenge kicked off last week. The concept is pretty simple – 10 minutes a day, every day, throughout December. It’s your (completely free) ticket to a healthy silly season. I’ve put together a workout for every day of the month (yep, including Christmas Day). All bodyweight exercises, all simple enough to do in your own home or backyard….